Teaching Tango

New Classes Starting in January!

The holidays are upon us and you might be making your tango arrangements for the new year….Check out these classes and new locations too!

Classes at Interlingua AZ at 5107 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014-3107
Level I

January 10th – February 7th
Tuesdays 6:00pm – 7:15pm
5 lessons of 1 hour each and 15 minutes of practice. Price: $75 per person $150 per couple. Max 5 couples

Level II with Rommel Oramas
January 12th – February 9th
Thursdays 6:00pm – 7:15pm
5 lessons of 1 hour each and 15 minutes of practice. Price: $75 per person $150 per couple. Max 5 couples



NEW Classes at Plaza de Anaya
at 524 W. Broadway Rd, Tempe, AZ  85282
Fundamentals 8 week course
January 12th – March 1st
Thursdays
6:15pm – 7:15pm
Contact
Plaza de Anaya to register – (480) 894-8777

 

Spring 2012 Semester Long Courses:

Paradise Valley Community College
NEW INTERMEDIATE Argentine Tango
Begins 01/26/2012- 05/03/2012
Thursdays 7:45pm – 9:35pm
DAN125AE #38688

Scottsdale Community College
Beginner Argentine Tango

Begins 01/24/ 2012 – 05/11/2012
Tuesdays 7:15pm – 9:15pm
DAN125AE #36054

Arizona State University
Mondays and Wednesdays
Begins 01/09/12 – 04/23/12
DCE 110 (18483) – 6:45pm-8:15pm
DCE 210 (18517) – 8:30pm-10:00pm

 

REGISTER NOW!
Teachers are talking about this new unique tango experience!

ASU Tango Experience 2012 – A New Kind of Festival
March 2, 3, 4, 2012
http://tangofest.events.asu.edu/

 

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Women’s Tango Retreat and the Pelvis

So many things have been happening as of late and I’m trying to catch up with my blogging. There was my father’s 70th surprise party (and he was surprised!) and Thanksgiving, came and went, grading papers (its the end of semester again) and now I’m off to Breitenbush Hot Spring Retreat Center in the mountains of Oregon to teach a workshop.

I was asked to teach a “playshop” for this women- in- tango retreat. After much thought as to what to share with a group of women who know both leading and following roles I decided upon an exploration of a center of driving force in our lives, our pelvis.

The pelvis and tango? Think about it – where do those legs that take you walking originate from? and what about that torso?

 

 

The bones of the pelvis.

 

 

Can you identify this as being a part of your body?

It has been my experience, both as a modern dancer and in my studies of Mindful Movement (SM), that even an awareness of some of the boney landmarks of the pelvis can improve posture and mobility. Much of my modern dance training was around an awareness of the connection of my sits bones (ischial tuberosities) to the floor and from my coccyx (tail bone) to my head.

My playshop this weekend will be centered around an awareness of the bones of the pelvis and how that awareness can help in our leading and our following.

I presume most of you are sitting down reading this. Let’s try a little exploration. First, uncross those legs. Place both feet on the floor (or change chairs so you can). Can you feel your sits bones on your chair? If you can feel them place one hand at your pubic bone and the other hand on the lower small of your back, at your sacrum. Now, just imagine breathing into both of your hands. Take about 5 deep breaths here or more.

Then get up and go for a little walk. Notice anything?

Sometimes just from feeling the sits bones on the chair the spine straightens out. With time and awareness the legs often find their place in their sockets which allow for greater mobility. The awareness of the dimensionality of the pelvis reminds me that I am not just the front of my body in 1 dimension and that I bring all of me when I move through life – front and back!

I tie this back to tango not just for posture and for walking but also because I have often heard teachers refer to “the hips”. Hmm – where are your hips? What are the hips? I just looked it up – it appears that the “hips” cover a lot of area  – the butt, the top of the legs… to me, who loves details, I want more specificity. Some teachers refer to it meaning the leg joint – the iliofemoral joint and they ask us to walk or to turn with more flexion in this joint. What if you don’t have a lot of movement there in the first place? Could be a challenging movement to find.

I know that followers are also exploring their roles more through the use of their “hips”. This begins a whole new subject for me relating to the planes of movement of the pelvis. 1 is dropping the pelvis – which I believe throws the spine out of whack and influences the leaders connection to the legs and pelvis and has begun to change the embrace in many ways. And the other is the rotation of the legs in the pelvis – which sometimes causes more pelvic tilt anteriorly (which looks like sway back or sticking out the butt).

The body is a fascinating thing, isn’t it? These are just thoughts about the pelvis in dancing. Remember that we are all built differently and I think any dance form invites you to discover who you really are and to share that with the world.

Let me know if you have any discoveries and I’ll share mine when I return.

(Thanks to Gray’s Anatomy and Wikipedia for the image of the pelvis.)

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Early Bird Registration for ASU Tango Experience 2012 – take advantage of a great price!

Check out these Early Bird Registration Prices

On sale now through Thanksgiving!


The Arizona State University Tango Club is proud to present our second tango festival:

The ASU Tango Experience 2012

March 2-4, 2012

Early Bird Registration discounts will be offered through Thanksgiving


Register today!      

tangofest.events.asu.edu

 

Derek Somo
ASU Tango Club Festival Coordinator 2011-2012

tangofest.events.asu.edu

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ASU Tango Experience 2012 – Are you ready for a different kind of festival?

I am pleased to announce that Arizona State University Argentine Tango Club is hosting a new kind of festival experience in March 2012.

For all of those who crave learning and remembering that which you learn, this event is for you!

March 2, 3, 4, 2012

On the campus of ASU in Tempe, AZ

3 world class teachers:

Graciela Gonzalez

Tomas Howlin

Jaimes Friedgen and Christa Rodriguez

Each class is followed by a guided practica with 1 of the guest teachers and local teachers.

Registration Opens SOON! and there will be a Special Sale.

 

 

 

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Momentous Occasions!

Great News!

Paradise Valley Community College will have a Tango 2 class (Intermediate Argentine Tango class) for spring 2012. I know many of you have waited a LONG time for this momentous occasion so please SIGN UP!  If you have taken at least 1 semester of tango with me, this class is for you! Please register.  DAN125AE #38688. Begins 01/26/2012- 05/03/2012, Thursdays 7:45pm – 9:35pm

Other momentous items!

I love to hear from my students when they have an a-ha.  And many of you know already that I’m a firm believer that “tango comes when you’re ready”.

I think that because tango is so layered and my teaching reveals layers as we go along on the learning journey, that sometimes that top layer, maybe a boleo for example, just hasn’t been able to come out yet.  So that understanding of the function between the torso of the leader and its connection to the followers legs was blurred by the excitement of a follower “finally doing something cool” with their leg.  And then 1 day, a new layer seeps in and poof – a boleo pops out! I had a student come running to me recently “I got the boleo”!

I have had students tell me their a-ha’s for almost everything in tango. I remember the a-ha for Jim’s back ochos. And a beautiful a-ha from a student who discovered their embrace. This particular student finally came to me 1 day and said, “why is it that the women will love a dance with a leader who seems to be doing nothing?” And when that question finally surfaces, I know that this leader might be ready for the answer to tango. So besides hearing me speak, “it’s not about the moves”, a hundred times, I told this leader to embrace me and wait. I told him to breathe, so we stood there breathing together for a few moments.  And I told him not to step or even move until he really felt it was right. We took a few steps, in complete beautiful unison. He separated from me, looked at me, his face filled with emotion, and said, “I get it”.

So I encourage all of you who have been digging into this dance for a little bit of time or a long time to relish in your a-ha moments and trust that they will come and that there will be more!

 

 

 

 

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