All the Weekend Activities with Maxi & Jesica!

All the Weekend Activities with Maxi & Jesica!

Maxi & Jess 4Maxi and Jesica have been enjoying the sunshine and have been busy with private lessons but all the rest starts tomorrow. There are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of them while they are here with us.

1) THURSDAY night an all levels class with Maxi & Jesica 7:30pm – 8:30pm at Mijana Restaurant $15.

2) FRIDAY – SUNDAY Workshops at SNAP in BOND HALL 4425 N. Granite Reef Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251

CHOICES

A. Any single workshop $40
B. Any two workshops $80 and includes the Saturday milonga
C. Whole workshop $360 for a couple (or 2 people) or $200 for a single person (includes milonga)

3) SATURDAY CHAMPIONS MILONGA
8:30pm – 1am $15  (Performances by Maxi & Jesica)

AND
4) TUESDAY with Jesica
Join me in a Ladies Technique class with Jesica from 7pm – 8:15pm on Tuesday March 11th at SNAP (in the studio).  $15. Bring your heels.

The spots for privates on the weekend are full but during the week there are spots available. Contact Rommel directly to schedule: 928-301-5215

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND! Maxi Jess 1
We are so happy and honored to have them here and look forward to growing our dancing with you this weekend.

Daniela

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The Tangasm

What is a Tangasm you ask? It is the magic of the Argentine Tango connection. The wonderful buzz one gets from a very magically connected dance. That thing that draws you back obsessively to the dance: to hours of dancing, to traveling from festival to festival, then from continent to continent, just to get more of it! Everyone gets them!

One of my students recently recounted her first tangasm with a particular dancer. (It appears that this particular dancer has worked his magic on many a lovely lady!) She says she was dancing with him and she describes losing herself, that time didn’t matter, it was just the two of them and the music, and she had the experience of moving circularly, and she said very matter-of-factly, “I felt like a princess”.

Another dancer told me that she always thought of herself as Bella, another princess, when she danced. So maybe the reverse is true too, that you can imagine yourself a princess and then the tangasm comes!

Does your tangasm make you feel like a princess?

Jesica Arfenoni, the 2013 World Argentine Tango Salon Champion will be in town starting Monday March 3rd, I’ll be sure to ask her if she feels like a princess! And maybe she’ll do a special class for us ladies – I’ll keep you posted!

 

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Un-EmBodied: Do you feel like you’re not of your body?

One of my students mentioned this concept to me recently. She was having a hard time making connections in her body in relation to what she wanted it to do. Maybe call it uncoordinated but I think it’s different than that as I see it in students learning new movement.

The brain is trying to rewire and make sense of movement ideas. It is trying to walk and create a lead, for example or maybe another challenge would be to remember where the right foot goes in relation to the partner’s right foot. Whatever the challenge, learning is opening yourself up to a new piece of information and acquiring it presumably for future use. In Argentine Tango the lead and follow roles each have their tasks set out for them. Neither one is easier than the other (although this could be argued!) but I think it’s about 1) figuring out your learning style 2) drill the new idea – this is a good one – repeat it many times by putting it into practice. Some tasks can be dealt with by yourself and some concepts need the lead and follow together. I think the more we understand our own bodies the more we make room for that new information, that new figure, that new connection, or whatever you’re piecing together.

In the case of my student, she wanted to try to lead a few tango figures/steps. She is definitely a kinesthetic learner so having me help to manipulate her body (if you will) assisted her in her new neuro-physical programming. It was not only about manipulating her body but she found that she had to do some mental work. For her she was remembering the relationship of the 2 bodies and their movements in the overall spatial configuration as well.

I find visualization helps too. If you see what you want your body to do, or to look like, the brain helps create that. One of my favorite Neuroscientists – author, Dr. Joe Dispenza speaks about this in his article The Brain:  A Record of the Past or the Map to the Future?

“…with the advent of the latest technologies in functional imagery it is apparent that it is very possible to make the brain work differently. In fact, the research out of the University of Wisconsin has proven something as simple as attention or focused concentration is a skill just like golf or tennis. In other words, the more you practice being  conscious or mindful the better you get at it.”  He goes on to say, “if you would mentally rehearse daily what it would be like to experience any event…, there would be internal changes taking place as if you were already beginning to experience your dream.”

So when you are having those moments that feel like your body isn’t doing what you want or that you feel unembodied get a little clarity of the function or the goal you want to accomplish and then see yourself and feel yourself doing it. Let me know how it goes!

 

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Tuesday night Workshops before the Practica

Here is the list of upcoming Tuesday night class titles. I am calling them workshops because it will be less progressive each week and more like a workshop. I look forward to sharing with you.
Each class is $15 but if you want to purchase 5 consecutive classes they will be $10 each – in other words purchase 5 consecutive classes for $50. (This includes the practica). What a deal! Reminder classes start @ 7:00pm – 8:30pm.

(Classes titles are subject to change.)

February 18 Milonga timing 1
February 25 Milonga timing 2
March 4 Vals combinations 1
March 11 Vals combinations 2
March 18 Something Cool from Maxi/Jesica
March 25 Playful Rock Steps
April 1 Changes of Direction 1
April 8 Changes of Direction 2
April 15 Structure behind Turning
April 22 Turning Variations 1
April 29 Turning Variations 2
May 6 Sacadas 1
May 13 Sacadas 2
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Taxi Dancing

As we begin gearing up for another season of heavy festival hopping and you’re debating on whether you want to go or not –  try this on for size…Rommel Dancing

Some of you may have read my previous blog on taxi dancing and I recently heard Rommel Oramas discussing taxi dancing in another community and found this information really fascinating  – it means doing some math!

At a typical festival let’s say you buy a full pass (all classes and milonga) – but then you find that you are at the milongas and you don’t dance as much as you’d like and you feel badly about this. We know that tango is a lot about attitude: confidence and feeling good. So I know how at some milongas you might find yourself not dancing as much, maybe due to gender balance issues or who knows.

Here’s a possible solution –  consider getting just a milonga pass or a partial class and milonga pass (ie: 1 day of classes) and to invest the remainder of that fee or the difference on taxi dancing. Before you close the tab – hear me out!

Think about it – a full festival pass could run between $250 – $450. (plus your hotel and your travel there)
10 tandas during a festival with a taxi dancer runs between $100 – $150.

Think about it ladies!!!!

Benefits: with a good taxi dancer:
1) you enjoy a dance, 2) you learn some things  (I learn from dancing all the time), and 3) you’re being seen by other dancers, which gets you more dances over the course of the weekend.

Consider it when you’re planning your next festival.

And I know of an excellent taxi dancer, discreet, handsome, smells good, charming, polite and of course, an excellent dancer who dances for you and with you.

Rommel Oramas – Taxi Dancer – “at your dancing service” – follow him on Facebook!

Don’t spend another festival sitting, not even a little bit.

 

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