Level 4 May 2022

Here are the new moves and combinations introduced each week. Happy practicing!

Week 5: May 30
Review of all moves from Weeks 1 - 4.
Refining and linking of moves.

Week 4: May 23
Ocho Cortado Alternative with Lapiz and 2 different endings:
Open Forward, Cross Forward
Open Forward - Forced Back Cross

Week 3: May 16
Cross System Cross with Leader's Back Cross - Back Ochos to Left - Medialuna with Syncopation Step:

Medialuna with Syncopation Step:

Week 2: May 9
Cross System Cross with Back Step - Giro to Left with Lead's front cross:

Cross System Cross with Lead's Back Cross - Giro to Left with Lead's Front Cross - Castigada to Right:

The completed combination:
Salida 40 - Cross System Cross with Lead's Back Cross - Giro to Left with Lead's Front Cross - Castigada to Right:

Week 1: May 2

Salida 40  - Cross System Cross - Parada:

Salida 40 - Parallel Cross:

Salida 40 - Medialuna to Left:

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.