Level 3 Oct - Dec 2022

Welcome to a new term! The theme for this term is Musicality for Tango

Week 6: Nov 28
We focused on Walking Ochos and combinations using Double Cross System Cross and Giro to Right.
We also worked on stepping between Parallel and Cross System:

Week 5: Nov 21
Giro drill around a chair - Foward - Side - Back Side - 4 steps take you 360 degrees around the chair
We focused on different types and entries to Giros:

Giro to Left with Leader pivoting while Follower steps the Giro (Week 4)
Parallel Cross to Giro to Right - link with Back Ocho to Giro to Left (Week 3)
Giro to both sides from Backward Ochos (Weeks 1 and 2)

We focused on technique and musicality of Giros to D’Arienzo and Di Sarli songs

Week 4: Nov 14
We discussed entry points for Giros as there are many different ways to start a Giro.
We introduced the new combination of Giro to Left with Leader pivoting while Follower steps the Giro. 
Entered from a Side Step to Left. 
Ended with angled Side Step to Leader's left and Parallel Cross:

We reviewed and refined the Week 3 combination. Here's another video of the same move:

Week 3: Nov 7
  1. We reviewed the Parallel Cross to Giro to Right and noted timing of transition from Cross to Giro – Followers need to step on a strong beat (1 or 3)
  2. We reviewed Giro to both sides from Back Ochos (week 2 move)
  3. We danced the above moves to Di Sarli (melodic) and D'Arienzo songs (more rhythmic)
  4. New combination introduced links the above combinations and resolves with Sanguchito:

Week 2: Oct 31
We continued to refine the Week 1 move - Giro to both sides from Backward Ochos and to danced this move to the 'variacions' (bumble bee) in several D'Arienzo songs: 

Pensalo Bien

We contrasted the way we danced to the 'busiest' parts of these songs (the variacions) to the rest of the songs.

Week 1: Oct 24
We started by focusing on being fully on the beat for Parallel Cross with Resolution - single time and double time.

We danced this combination with some melodic songs by Di Sarli Orquestra: Verdemar, Morocha, A La Gran Muneca, Bahia Blanca

We then danced the same combination to some more rhythmic songs: D'arienzo Orquestra: Paciencia, Hotel Victoria, Yueves
You will find these songs in Sophia's Spotify Lists:   Di Sarli Tangos, D'Arienzo Tangos or Tango (Trad) or on the Youtube links below:

Di Sarli

Paciencia (amazing video!)

Moves introduced

1) Double Cross - particularly suited to Rhythmic music

2) Giro to both sides from Back Ochos  linked by Leader's Side Step / Follower's Back Step- good for both Rhythmic and Melodic music. Giros are often used for the Variacion ('bumble bee') in the song, eg the last part of Paciencia:

Here's some notes and resources from previous terms that you may find useful as a refresher...

Tango Music - for practising 
Check out Sophia's Spotify lists:
Tango (Trad) Best for practicing musicality - walking to single, double and half time.
Tango (Neo) contemporary songs (good for practicing technique)

Link to 250 songs
The following link will download a 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: 250 songs download
This link goes to a zip file (little less than a 1 GB file).

Here's a link to help you better understand tango music for dancing

Good habits for tango dancers
  • 'Steel vs spaghetti': Your standing leg is like steel - dynamic, strong and grounded, your free leg is like spaghetti: light and loose without tension.
  • Your free leg hip is stable yet loose and lower than your base leg hip (this removes tension from your free leg)
  • 'Collection' - Thigh or ankle (as you prefer) connection as you walk
  • Push off the floor as you walk - to make your walk more dynamic.
  • Never lock your knees: You standing leg knee is softly flexed (not locked) - this gives you better contact with the floor.
  • Always find your axis - 'it's your beauty and your power'
  • Walk in the line of your hips - Imagine your hips are at the centre of 2 crossing lines: one going forward / back and the other - left /right. The first line is the guide for forward and back steps, the second line guides side steps.