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Taking Your Tango to the Next Level

I will be in Buenos Aires for the next couple of weeks and will be participating in the Mundial de Tango de Pista. This is the annual Argentine Tango Salon Competition that attracts dancers from all over the world. I competed in 2012 with Rommel and we have decided to participate again. I am looking forward to doing some intensive training and dancing and networking with other dancers as I take my dancing to the next level!!

In the meantime, spread the word about the next Argentine Tango Blast for Beginners in September. Teaching at Ritz
(If you are interested 1) in repeating the course send me a message or 2) if you are a current student of mine and want to bring a friend and attend with them. Send me a message.)

The Beginners Blast will be followed by a

4 week “Taking your Tango to the Next Level” – SEPTEMBER 6, 13, 20, 27

(for those who have completed the Tango Blast or who have a little tango experience)
6:00pm – 7:30pm
SNAP  (Scottsdale Neighborhood Arts Place) 4425 N. Granite Reef Rd. Scottsdale, AZ
Fee: $75
Send Email if interested.

The Tuesday night PRACTICA continues with talented Tyler Litman teaching class from 7 – 8pm and the practica follows from 8 – 10pm. ($10 class and $6 practica)

See you in a couple of weeks.

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Tango Updates

Tuesday’s August 5th class will be on Vals. Class starts at 7:00pm – 8:30pm.
I will also be teaching an all levels tango class on Thursday night at 7:30 – 8:30pm at Mijana Restaurant in Tempe.

IMPORTANT:Acacia and Tyler
Tuesdays, August 12, 19 and 26 Tyler Litman will be teaching Tuesday night class and running the practica. Class starts at 7:00pm – 8:00pm for $10 and that will include the practica. He will continue to work on the tango drills and will challenge you with some tango figures and concepts. Practica alone is $6.

Tyler will also cover class at Mijana on Thursdays, August 14 and 21st.

The Tango Newbies from the 1st Tango Blast are coming to the Practica so please welcome them and dance with them and remember they are beginners!

The Next Tango Blast for Beginners is in September. Tell your friends and sign up soon.

 

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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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Ladies! Please stand up!

Why is your butt sticking out so far behind you? Have we decided to embrace the caricature of tango? Your lumbar spine is so curved that I have lower back pain for you. Are you being taught this way?

I have a really hard time believing that other female followers are teaching followers to stick their butts out, compromising their lumbar spines and thus the affect is that their bellies now hang over their own toes. If there is a loss of integrity in the core muscles, this posture compromises the spine and the knees and the ankles and ultimately, I believe, the connection.

So I am not asking that followers keep their stomach muscles tightened for an entire milonga! But I am asking that we take some time to remember that there are 2 of you in this beautiful dance and the only one responsible for you is you. Before you jump on me about lead and follow and what the roles in tango are, let us get back to this dynamic posture question.

Posture in tango is a dynamic entity. It is made up of the embrace, the followers’ commitment to a standing leg and a free leg, and her commitment to her partner and to moving/dancing. Within this dynamic posture, even before the 1st step, many things are happening. For example: Do I know my partner? Have we danced before? Is he distracting because he is handsome, smells good, looks like a good dancer and finally asked me? Is he smelly? Am I unsure about my decision to dance with him?

I think as a social dancer we must wipe the slate and focus on the task at hand – dancing and making a connection. And I realize that there isn’t always 1 way to problem solve if things aren’t feeling comfortable. BUT I do believe it is my responsibility (as it is the male or leader) to be the best follower I know how.

Here’s my personal checklist from all my years of dancing (not just tango). The checklist is a partial inventory of images I use to focus myself when dancing. It is heavily influenced by my training with Mindful Movement Master, Pam Matt and Tango Maestra, Graciela Gonzalez, who I am always grateful to for having helped me change my dancing and keep me growing in the dance. A word about the images – let the images do you! That’s all they are – images – so let your imagination enjoy them, your body will do the rest.

1. Zip up!
I picture zipping up an imaginary zipper from my pubic bone to sternum. Graciela speaks of 2 centers – 1 below the belly button and the other around the sternum and keeping them equidistant from each other.

2. Up the front and down the back!
Just following the zipper image in the front there is an equal image in the back. Allow the tailbone to lengthen to the floor, as if there was a little weight attached to it. This image has been effective for followers who complain about lower back pain. This image is not about tucking the pelvis; it is about working with your proper body to attain proper length in the muscles.

3. Bigger than you are!
Imagine yourself as being taller and wider than you are. Command your presence through your width and your height.

4. Fountaining!
I often invent new words when I am teaching; fountaining is 1 of them! Imagine that you have a fountain sprouting out of the top or crown of the head and it shoots over your partner’s head. If this image doesn’t work think about dropping your chin and elongating the back of your neck.

5. Encircle the embrace.
Imagine that you are a encircling your partner with the embrace. After all tango is circular!

I have seen much success with these images and I believe they need a class to further explain them and embrace the questions that arise from working with them. I hope that Followers in this dance feel supported and STAND UP for themselves in a graceful and elegant way.

For more information or advice on being a Follower contact me: daniela@accesstango.com
 

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DATE NIGHT! AUGUST 19th

1 of 2 Date Nights this month!

Friday, August 19 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm

DATE NIGHT an Introduction to Argentine Tango.
Including FREE Raffle and wine and cheese!

For you or those friends who need something fun and different to do on a Friday night. Come to DATE NIGHT! This will be a harmless stress-free introduction to Argentine Tango as a social dance.

3 Reasons to attend Date Night:

1) Argentine Tango is a fabulous way to meet people and to share a lovely evening.
2) You will learn from the best teachers in the Valley – Daniela Borgialli and Rommel Oramas.
3) We all know that dancing is great exercise, improves posture and flexibility, is fun, AND there is something for everyone!

Come with a Date or Come Solo – all are welcome!

We’ll see you at ART OF DANCE
7077 East Main Street, Suite 11-12
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (Located in Marshall Square, behind Occasions by Design)

$15/person or $25/couple

For more information or questions:
daniela@accesstango.com

The next DATE NIGHT is FRIDAY AUGUST 26th!

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