Learning Tango

Class at Cooperativa on 1/12/14

For those who were in class on Sunday 1/12 at Milonga Cooperativa I am posting the demo. Thanks to Ed, Paula, and the cooperativa gang for having us. Ed videotaped the demo and didn’t know that it would be useful to all of us!

The class was on Barridas y Ganchos. A big topic to cover in a 1 hour class but a fun combination to keep our brains active. I think learning more advanced combinations can often just remind us of our fundamentals – ie: where is my axis? where is yours?

If you are interested in having Rommel and I at the Milonga Cooperativa to teach a class please let the Cooperativa know.

Rommel and Daniela Demo from 1/12/14

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This Weekend Leading Ladies is Back!

I am looking forward to hosting the first Leading Ladies workshop of the year. Saturday January 11th at 12:00pm – 1:30pm at Solana Tango Room. $15.
Leading Ladies is designed for ladies who are interested in learning how to lead. It is a casual atmosphere to explore all that goes into leading and we get to improve our following technique along the way.
The next one will be Friday January 17th at 6:30pmish!

Please RSVP to me if you will be joining.

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Tango Success Stories!

What is success in tango? Is it just learning a new dance to add to your list? Is it about meeting people and making new friends? I hear quite a bit about how Argentine Tango has changed people’s lives. So in the spirit of the Top 10, here are my Top 3 for this year.

Most of you know that I spend a significant amount of time teaching college students. This year Wes found Argentine Tango. He told me prior to starting that he knew he lacked social skills and didn’t spend a lot of time interacting with members of the opposite sex. Wes dedicated the year to tango, 2 full semesters. He mentioned to me prior to the end of school that he enjoyed tango so much for the friends he had made in class. He felt that his confidence had significantly improved.

Lisa met her current beau traveling to dance Argentine Tango in another city. She fell head over high heels for Argentine Tango and soon found time on her business trips to sneak tango in after her meetings. She has tango friends in nearly every major city in the US and now she has a beau too! Sounds like the best of both worlds!

san diego tango fest milongaIt isn’t enough to say that this passionate dance will build confidence, make you feel smart and sexy, and allow you to have tango friends all over the world but hear how Mabel found some stress relief.

It is amazing how Mabel found tango at all. She worked full time and was pursuing a new career by going to school at night. But she knew that she needed a distractor, as she called it! So she, being very organized and committed, told me ahead of time what she wanted and how much she could dedicate to learning this dance. So she took a private lesson once a week and a group class when she could. She found that the time she focused on her tango classes allowed her to feel more relaxed and energized for her studies and allowed her to de-stress from her job.

The Phoenix area has opportunities to enjoy this fun dance at least 3 times per week and sometimes more. Workshops, visiting artists, practice time, even tours to Buenos Aires, and quality instruction are available for those who want to learn the most impressive and elegant dance there is!

Have a Wonderful New Year and may the Argentine Tango continue to inspire you!

*names have been changed.

 

 

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Semester Finishes and Volcadas on Saturday

legs by lindaI’m at the tail end of another semester of tango classes at ASU. Even though enrollment is down from previous years, the enthusiasm and interest in tango still manages to be there. It surprises me each semester what brings the students to try something like Argentine Tango. Some are curious, some come for their friends, or because of their friends, and some just need something different from their usual; a stress-reliever too.

As I am almost done with grades I am excited that this Saturday’s workshop is on volcadas. The verb volcar translates to overturn, like when a car overturns. I looked up the definition in Spanish as I was trying to tie a blog in with reminders of the weekend workshop. The Spanish dictionary suggest that you are turning something so it is no longer in its normal position but on a side. From these definitions it would sound like we would be practicing handstands or rolling around on the floor! It’s a funny idea that this word defines such a much wanted move in tango! The leader does take the follower off of her normal position but does not put her on her side, thankfully.

I remember when I was first exposed to the infamous volcada by an Argentine and an American teacher. As I watched as they dissected and explained how to execute it I found that it completely made sense to my visual learning sensibilities. The trick is in the axes! (not the chopping ones but the ones that we need to be centered on – our axis!) I told a student recently that I still think sacadas are so much harder than volcadas to learn and to execute. Well, you can be the judge. Saturday’s workshop starts at 12 – 1:30pm at the Solana Tango Room. $15 and RSVP’ing would be great.

See you soon.

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Leading Ladies this Weekend!

La paz JumpingJust back from La Paz Tango Festival and jumping for joy that I am hosting another Leading Ladies workshop on Saturday from 12 – 2pm at the Solana Tango Room. RSVP to me if you will be joining us. Leading Ladies is a time for ladies to play with leading and following in a comfortable relaxed atmosphere. Come join us!

La Paz Tango Festival was a relaxed affair. We met so many wonderfully nice, open, and receptive people who have promised to come visit us in Phoenix! It was such a joy sharing tango with them. Rommel and I even got to  snorkel with the sea lions on our day off.  Now that was spectacular and fun!

The long weekend offered me the opportunity to remember that everyone has a story, something that may have changed the course of their life forever. And in Tango – to be open and receptive allows for the intimate dialogue of tango to emerge. I also know that I just have to be myself, to dance my dance, the best way that I can.

A little philosophy for the day!
I look forward to classes over the next few weeks.
Remember: Tuesday practicas for the next 3 weeks until the 17th (with Rommel hosting and teaching). Saturday the 6th – Leading Ladies, Saturday the 14th – Intermediate workshop on Volcadas.  And lastly 2 more Sunday night classes and practicas, with a new schedule rolling out in the new year! Always check accesstango.com for information and updates.

 

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