April 01. 2019
Followers' Technique Workshop
And last Saturday, the focus turned to the follower, with our Followers' Technique Workshop.
Your teacher was thrilled to spend two hours exploring her favourite topic with such an amazing group of ladies (and gentleman!)
March 26. 2019
Leaders Technique Workshop
It was great to finally make space in our programme for a Leaders' Technique Workhop!
Thank you to the dedicated men (and two ladies!) who spent two hours with David last Saturday investigating their technique.
March 20. 2019
About Last Night
Missed last night's class? Here is a short clip of our end-of-class improvisation, demonstrating the movements explored.
The class was centred on calesitas (carousels), with different variations and creative decorations for the follower. Level: intermediate.
March 15. 2019
Tuesday Night Class
Here is a little clip of the step we studied last Tuesday night in our Intermediate Drop-in Class.
The class focused on how to create a more circular turn and finish with an unusual cross for the follower!
March 06. 2019
Video of Our Vals Workshop
It was a joy to explore Tango Vals last Saturday afternoon.
Our aim in our workshops is to find movements that bring the music to life.
September 15. 2017
Intermediate Tango Class Review
A video of our improvised demonstration at the end of our Intermediate Tango Class on Tuesday 5 September.
As always, the focus of the class was not to memorise the sequence but to understand how to lead each element of the sequence and play around with them creatively.
Tuesday’s class involved leading the follower lovely series of movements down the leader’s right hand side finishing with the lead of the front boleo. A step that feels as beautiful as it looks!
We worked with the followers to help them release their free leg to create more dynamic boleos and gave them a few ideas for decorations. Creativity in tango is not solely the territory of the leader!
This video clip features the step sequence several times (can you spot it?) but shows how it can be slotted into other tango movements too. As always the music is a top priority!
Any questions about this step or any other tango matter, just let us know in class!
September 15. 2017
Mini-Clip of Our Tango Class
A mini-clip of our improvised tango at the end of our Intermediate Drop-in Class last Tuesday, illustrating our step of the week.
It always feels amazing when David leads this step so I was excited to share it with you.
When you watch this video you’ll see the series of steps taught, but what you won’t necessarily see are the tiny details that go into making this step look - and just as importantly feel - a million dollars! Those are secrets for those who come to our lessons!
No step looks or feels good without a solid bedrock of technique. And so the first part of the class was spent working with our students to understand how to initiate and execute the movements.
We hope you enjoy this clip. Any questions, just let us know in class!
Newcomers are always more than welcome. Check out our Weekly Class Schedule for the right level for you.
March 20. 2017
End Of Class Demonstrations
When students talk about what they most like about our school, our demonstrations at the end of our classes almost always get a mention.
Guiding every student to dance creatively and with their own personality is an integral part of our teaching and we believe these improvised demonstrations help to inspire this.
In these demos, not only do we show the steps that we have been working on in the class but we also show how they can be developed, combined and varied. Tango is not about choreography. Even when we teach a sequence of steps we always show ways this can be dismantled and put together differently, and how it can be played with to express the music.
I never know what tango David will play at the end of the class. But I was really happy when last Wednesday he put on one of my favourites: Marion by Miguel Calo. (See my earlier blog entry on the beautiful lyrics of Marion!)
We always use a lot of decorations into our demos. Partly (and a very big part) because we love decorations and we find it almost impossible to dance without them! But also again to give ideas and inspiration to our students.
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