Level 3 Oct - Dec 2017

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General Notes

Tango Music - for practicing 
Here's a link to help you better understand tango music for dancing

Songs recommended for practicing...
By the orchestra of Carlos Di Sarli...
  • Don Juan
  • Comme Il Faut
  • Cara Sucia
  • A La Gran Muneca
  • El Once
  • Felino - by Sverre Indris Joner (Electrocutango)
  • One more cup of coffee - by Frazey Ford (Obadiah)
  • Take me to Church  - by Hozier
By the orchestra of Francisco Canaro...
  • El Lloron
  • Negrito
  • Milonga Brava
By the orchestra of Edgardo Donato...
  • Ella Es Asi
  • El Lloron by Hugo Diaz
By the orchestra of Francisco Canaro...
  • Desde el Alma
  • Adios Juventud
  • Corazon de Oro
By Tuba Tango...
  • Francia
By the orchestra of Ricardo Tanturi...
  • Desde el Alma
Link to 250 songs
The following link will download a fabulous collection of 250 of the most popular songs (tango, vals and milonga) played in milongas around the world! Focus for now only on the tangos. Also focus on instrumental songs as opposed to vocals as these are easier to find the beat. Di Sarli is one of the better orchestras to start with:

This link goes to a zip file (little less than a 1 GB file).
Week 6 (starting Nov 27)
Milonga - Part 3
We continued with the structure of the C-Step with traspie, adding rebounds and weight shifts on the spot. We added more focus on moving from a sense of balance and control rather than by momentum.

Here's some improvisations:

Week 5 (starting Nov 20)
Milonga - Part 2
We continued with the structure of the C-Step with traspie, adding rebounds and weight shifts on the spot:

Week 4 (starting Nov 13)
Introduction to Milonga - Part 1 ( of 3 lessons)
We focused on the timing and rhythmic structure of Milonga (2/4)
We used the Square (a.k.a ' 6 Step Basic' or 'modified C-Step') as a way to practice stepping on single and double time ('traspie'). 

Here in single time:

and double time:

Week 3 (starting Nov 6)
Introduction to Vals - Part 3 (final of Vals series)
We reviewed and linked the following moves:
  • Cross System Cross 
  • Giro to the right
  • Medialuna  
  • Ocho Cortado 
Week 2 (starting Oct 30)
Introduction to Vals - Part 2
We focused on Cross System Cross and Medialuna.  We added the Ocho Cortado to the Medialuna:

Here's an improvisation using these moves...

Week 1 (starting Oct 23)
Introduction to Vals - Part 1
In North Sydney we focused on Cross System Cross with resolution:

and linked to this - Giro to the right:

In Bondi instead of the Giro to the Right we worked on the Medialuna.