Level 4 Mar - Apr 2021

Week 7: 27 April 2021

Reviewed all moves from Week 7.

Week 6: 20 April 2021
  • No new moves or combinations were introduced, except to show how a Grounded Boleo is a good lead into Back Calesita.
  • Reviewed moves and combinations from Weeks 1 - 5.
  • We moved away from Piazzolla's  Oblivion and danced to Di Sarli's Bahia Blanca which suits the combinations that have been introduced to this term.
  • Walk to phrases of Bahia Blanca noting how phrases are differentiated by instruments. 
  • Discussion on how to fit moves and combinations well into phrasing.

Week 5: 13 April 2021

Introduced Barrida to second position with Forced Cross
(see Video in Week 6 notes)

Reviewed the following moves and combinations:

1) Parallel Split axis open position funky pivot
  • end with sharp cross
  • end with Backward Calesita to Left
  • end with Parada to Left

2) Back Calesita to left from 2nd position where Leader steps out of the way
  • Add to / end with Cross System Forward Calesita to Right

3) 2nd position variations - all on Left side (Open  Side):
  • Barrida back step to left - end with Giro to Left with leader pivoting
  • 2nd version:  Barrida back step to left - side forward Ocho (180 degrees) side Backward Ocho (90 degrees) out to Cross
Week 4: 6 April 2021

In Week 4 we continued with slow dancing to Piazzolla's Oblivion.
We introduced 2 different combinations entered from Barrida Back Step to Left Parada : 
 - Ending with Pivot Forward Ocho Side & Back step crossing Leader 90 degree pivot out to Cross
 - Ending with Giro to Left (Leader Split Axis Pivot). Exit to Parallel Cross

We reviewed combinations from previous weeks:
  • Parallel Split Axis Open Position - Funky Pivot + Cross and Exit (Week 3)
  • Forward Calesita to Right from Cross System  (week 2)
  • Backward anti-clockwise Calesita  (Week 1)

Week 3: 30 March 2021

In Week 3 we continued with slow dancing to Piazzolla's 'Oblivion'. The new move introduced was:
  • Parallel Split Axis Open Position - Funky Pivot + Cross and Exit:

Moves / combinations reviewed:
From Week 2:
  • Forward Calesita to Right from Cross System  (week 2)
From Week 1:
  • Calesita to Left
  • Parallel Walk with Cross
  • Ocho Cortado C.O.D
Week 2: 23 March 2021

Theme: More slow dancing to Piazzolla

Drill: Wide Ochos - focus on timing of lead and building up torsion.

Introduced new move: Forward Calesita to Right from Cross System:

  • Calesita to Left generally works better in 180 degrees, and to Right 360 degrees works well.
  • Played with linking Calesita to Right / Calesita to Left and vice versa
  • Calesita to Left is in Parallel system and  Calesita to Right is in Cross System
Reviewed moves from last week:
  • Calesita to Left
  • Parallel Walk with Cross
  • Ocho Cortado C.O.D
Week 1: 16 March 2021

In Week 1 we focused on slow dancing to Piazzolla's 'Oblivion'. You will find this song in Sophia's Spotify list: Tango (Neo)  or here on Youtube:

Due to 'Oblivion's very discreet and subtle beat dancing has to be more to the melody than the beat.
Dancing slowly requires even more focus on being on axis.

We focused on the following concepts, moves and combinations:
  • Parallel Walk & Parallel Cross (from Feb - Mar 2021 term)
  • Change of Direction Ocho Cortado (from Feb - Mar 2021 term)
  • Backward anti-clockwise Calesita 

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.