Tomorrow begins a wonderful weekend of tango in Prescott, AZ.
Friday April 26th
7pm-8pm Playing with the Music. Is the music still a puzzle for you? Can you still not hear it? There are many ways for us to play with the music and to use our vocabulary within the structure of the music. This class will take the melodies and rhythms in different orchestras and give you ideas on how to dance them.
Saturday April 27th
Technique parts 1 and 2 are to enhance the dancer’s insight on how to make movements happen in their bodies. Technique is essential, you can always learn styles, but technique really won’t change.
1pm-2pm Embrace, Walking & Dancing Technique part 1: Exercises and tango drills to improve your understanding of walking and embracing.
2:30pm-3:30pm Technique for pivots part 2: From walking to pivoting and how to make it easier.
4pm-5pm Playful turning combination. Spending time with some of the older milongueros was such a thrill and to learn some patterns that they chose to share and the stories that went with them felt like stepping back in history. Borrowed from the older milongueros, we will entertain a turning combination or two which will stress the steps of the giro and molinete.
Sunday April 28th
1pm-2pm Dancing Milonga. Milonga is different than tango not just in the musical sound and timing but in how I approach the dance, how I choose to take those steps. We will dance to the quicker pace of the milonga music with a better understanding of how to execute those steps quickly!
Limited availability for Private Lessons. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
CONTACT EARL for directions to the SKYLINE SPACE!
Saturday, April 20th at 12pm I am teaching an intermediate/ advanced level class with Tyler Litman on Giros with Enrosques. What is that? you might ask. Giros is a general word for turns. Girar is the verb to turn. Enroscar is the verb to twist. So the class will be on turns with twists. Cool! Very.
As with most of the classes that I teach at this level there are concepts inside the figures that I like to explain and then leave you with food for thought and something to keep practicing. This class will be challenging and fun for the leader and for the follower. For the follower there will be more in depth technical focus on the turn or molinete. For the leader we will explore how the torso and the legs work in tandem to help execute the figure.
So the reasons:
1) to improve your overall balance, technique, and posture
2) to learn something new in a turning situation
3) to raise the level of your dancing
4) to challenge you
5) to look cool on the dance floor!
I hope I have enticed you to join us this weekend. Please RSVP as usual so I can do my best to have a group balance. And as always let me know if you have any questions.
I am very excited to be heading up to Prescott, AZ to share Argentine Tango with dancers in Northern Arizona at my friends, Earl and Delisa’s beautiful space.
The schedule will be like this:
Friday April 26th
7pm-8pm Playing with the Music
8pm-whenever – Practica
Saturday April 27th
1pm-2pm Embrace, Walking & Dancing Technique part 1
2:30pm-3:30pm Technique for pivots part 2
4pm-5pm Playful turning combination
Sunday April 28th
1pm-2pm Dancing Milonga
Weekend: $50 pp
Ala Carte Price: $15/lesson, $40 Saturday Only,
$20 Friday Only, $20 Sunday Only
Contact: Earl.Duque@gmail.com for more information, to register, and directions to their space.
I will be available for private lessons starting on Friday!
A Tango Salon*
*Salon: A fashionable assemblage of notables (artists, dancers, statesmen)
The Dream: to create a cohesive community of Tango dancers in Northern Arizona who are interested in improving their dance systematically, consistently, and with commitment.
The Offering: On Saturday February 16th at the Adult Community Center at 2615 Melody Lane, Sedona we welcome Daniela Borgialli, Director, Educator and Performer… teacher extraordinaire of all dance levels who is committed to furthering the dance level of our community. She will hold two classes as follows:
1-3pm: Semi private group lesson for “oldies” (those with some experience dancing tango)
3-4pm: Beginning class for “newbies” (those who want to learn basics of tango).
4-6:30pm there will be a guided Practica for all levels!
All classes and semi-private lesson are on a sliding scale of $7-$15.
Practica free with the lessons or Practica only is $5.00.
There are two slots open for privates on Saturday February 16th from 11-12; and 12-1 and on Sunday. February 17th from 12-1.
Please contact Jessica Sierra at (928)204-1360 to arrange for privates, and/or for any questions or concerns.
My students will often ask me when we start working with the embrace, “where do I put my head?” And this is such a great question. In our desire to have the cuddly tango feel inside the embrace we often sacrifice our posture beginning specifically with the head. I see it in followers who reach their necks to search for the leader’s cheek or the leaders who cock their heads either towards or away from the follower to the same end. I used to be one of those followers, jutting my chin forward to get just a little closer to my partner.
Ouch says her neck
Ouch says both their necks
Besides being out of alignment it’s disrupting proper functioning of the organization of my cervical spine. What to do?
Graciela had 1 image for followers that I have worked with and now with my Restorative Exercise Specialist (TM) training that I am doing, it all ties in. Don’t squash your neck vertebra. Graciela’s image that I adopted, that some of you have probably heard me say before is “the fountain”. The idea starts farther down the body but the ending image is that there is water that shoots out the top of your head – if you aim your head correctly you will shoot water over your partner and not get yourself wet. I know that Homer & Christina have been heard to say “nose back”. And in the end if none of those work for you just consider dropping your chin. I think this works effectively for leaders as well.
When you get into your embrace consider your person and your alignment in relation to the other person. As opposed to reaching for them with your head or neck. Arms are made for reaching, touching, embracing, not the face…
In proper alignment we want to have our ears in line with our shoulder. Or imagine your head like a ball and roll it so you are looking down and placing your chin on your chest (if you can get it there) then roll it back. So next time you get into embrace don’t be so eager to snuggle, take your time and go for long necks and proper placement. Your body will thank you over the long run.
Thanks to my models: Acacia, Ganesh, Tyler
REMEMBER: Leader and Follower technique class this Saturday!