Level 4 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 Nov 27
Vals - Part 2 of 3 lessons
We continued to focus on musicality using your existing repertoire. Here's the improvisation with Petros:

Week 5 Nov 20
Vals - Part 1 of 3 lessons
Here are the moves we are working on - all moves we have covered in tango, and some in Milonga as well...

Week 4 Nov 13
Focus on dancing tango to very rhythmic music. We can take a similar approach to choice of moves as with dancing to milonga:
  • Lots of rebounds 
  • Ocho Cortado
  • Cross System Cross
  • Cuna
  • Small steps - side and circular
Avoid slow curvey moves and pauses - e.g. Paradas, wide Ochos.
Good songs to practice to are instrumentals by D'Arienzo, such as El Marne, El Internado,  El Irresistible, Jueves, La Catrera.

Week 3 Nov 6
Milonga - Part 3
Reviewed and linked the following moves:
  • Cuna
  • Square
  • Small steps to the side and circular
  • Rebounds ('rebotes')
  • Introduced Walking Back Ochos to Cross System Cross:

This video of Sophia and Hosei taken earlier in the year demonstrates the use of C-Step and small steps (side and circular). It's possible to enjoy dancing milonga with very few steps - timing is everything!

Here's another improvisation that uses many of the moves taught over these past three lessons:

Week 2 Oct 30
Milonga - Part 2
We introduced the cuna (cradle.):

Week 1 Oct 23
Milonga - Part 1
Focused on dancing single and double time using the Square (a.k.a 6 Step Basic).

using single time ('Milonga Lisa'):

and double time (traspie):