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ASPEN TANGO

 

FIRST DOCUMENTED IN THE LATE 1800S IN BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINE TANGO IS A SOCIAL DANCE FROM ARGENTINA. IT IS AN IMPROVISATIONAL PARTNER DANCE WITH VERY SPECIFIC SUPPORTING ROLES OF LEAD AND FOLLOW. THESE ROLES CONNECT IN TANGO LIKE A LOCK AND KEY TO CREATE BLISSFUL CONNECTION, MUSICALITY, ART AND FLOW, WITH IN A COMMUNITY OF LIKE DANCING COUPLES. 

 

H&G Summer 4 aspen tango workshops :

Weekly Classes are currently on hold for the summer. Please enroll in our 2 day monthly intense workshops instead.

Monthly Summer 2017 Workshops Instructed by Heather & Gregor

1. May 23 & 24

2. June 27 & 28

3. July 25 & 26

4. August 29 & 30

Location at Dance Progressions: 403 Aspen Airport Business Center, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Each pair of workshops in the series will take place over two consecutive evenings with two intense classes and a practice period each night.

We are crafting this set of workshops with a final result in mind.  To that end each will focus in depth on a specific piece of fundamental tango vocabulary, using its classes to build up the technique, structure, partnering and musicality necessary to achieve an interesting, fun and socially dance-able figure.

The first class each month will demonstrate a different way to approach and think of tango.  While these first classes are the only ones open to new students, all levels are encouraged to attend, as they offer a rare opportunity to see tango introduced from four fundamentally different perspectives.  Experiencing all four will provide a multi-dimensional understanding of tango underpinnings.

The successive classes will be geared to dancers with increasing levels of experience.  We encourage students to come with partners, although we will rotate.  (New students may only take the successive classes if they are partnered and with the understanding of the level to which the classes will be taught.)

Finally, just as the classes within each workshop will build on each other, each subsequent workshops in the series will build on the material covered in the previous ones, as well, to offer ever-richer and more interesting combinations.  (Watch out for month four!)

 

AUGUST

TUESDAY ($30 for the evening)

6:30-8 pm Beginnings & Re-beginnings - A Multidimensional Perspective Part 4

All Levels are encouraged to attend. Each month, we'll highlight a different beginning teaching approach to learning tango. Note: Beginners must work with a partner at their own level to continue past this first workshop. This is the perfect opportunity to invite your interested friends.

8:15-9:45 pm Part 1

 

WEDNESDAY ($30 for the evening)

6:30-8:00 pm Part 2

8:15-9:45 pm Part 3

 

Pricing:

Classes: $20 each

A Single Night: $30

An Entire Workshop (both nights): $50

 

All Four Workshops (if paid in advance): $180

 

Future workshops will incorporate Barridas, Boleos, Milongero, Ganchos and more fun than you can imagine.

 

PLEASE REGISTER AND MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!


 

Each class will have the elements of:

 
 
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Musicality:

  • TIMING: Walking on the downbeat, breaks and pauses, the half beat, slow time and the sincopa
  • TEXTURE: Rythmic, melodic, role play and adornos
  • ORCHESTRA FAMILIES

Connection:

  • ROLES: Learn the intricacies of both the role of the Leader and the role of the Follower
  • LISTENING: Learn connecting exercises to build trust and structure
  • SHARING: Learn to lead with respect and certainty and to follow with clear boundaries and creativity
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Movement Architecture & Tools:

  • Traveling - Weaving - Crusada
  • Pivots - Jiros 
  • Paradas & Pasadas
  • Sacadas & Changes in Direction
  • Free Leg Movement: Boleos, Ganchos
  • Expansion & Compression: Colgadas & Volcadas
  • PERFORMANCE and more
 
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Technique:

  • PRACTICE: Leg Extension, Posture, Collection, Changeable Proximity Embraces, Pivoting, Grapevine etc for class and home practice

Social Etiquettes & Codigas:

  • CONTEXT: El Cabaceo, Line of Dance, Tandas, Social Expectations and Protocols etc
 


 
 

Great for complete and on-going beginners & Experienced Dancers:

Example Salon Traffic Class in weekly descriptions:

Beginning - Experienced

I. Traffic Salon Tango Sequencing (Tools from crusadas for beginners - to single axis turns for experienced dancers)

WEEK 1) Walk to the Crusada in 16 counts – Simple side step single axis turn

WEEK 2) Front Ochos – Changes of direction from the front ocho

WEEK 3) Parada/Pasada – With Single Axis turns

WEEK 4) Sandwichito – from any angle with added single axis turns

WEEK 5) Variations- Combinations and Review

 

Subsequent 5-week series will be on these subjects:

NOTE: Each 6:30-7:45 class is open to on-going beginners and experienced dancers as assistants to the beginners; Each 7:45-9 class is open to all Experienced dancers to dance with partners at their own level

II Salon Tango Sequencing TURNS (Tools for jiros to enrosques to sacadas)

III. Salon Tango BOLEOS to lead and follow (Tools for free leg movement)

IV. Salon Tango GANCHOS to lead and follow (wraps and hooks)

V. VOLCADAS (inward off-axis movement)

VI. COLGADAS (outward off-axis movement)

VI. ENGANCHES (walk through ganchos)

VII. SOLTADAS (breaking and spinning out of the embrace)

VIII. SHADOW Tango (back to front embrace)

 

OTHER SERIES WILL BE:

X. MILONGA

Y. VALS

Z. CHOREOGRAPHY

 
I teach tango as if it were a language of connection. We first learn how to listen to respectfully to one another's body language, connect and be present to ourselves and to each other and then we learn and practice introductory Argentine Tango phrases. From here, we build our communication and begin to move about the tango dance floor together improvisationally. We practice technique and polish our skills and get more and more clear in our communication. Over time, we get to feel what we call the Tangasm, extraordinary connecting Bliss!  

I teach tango as if it were a language of connection. We first learn how to listen to respectfully to one another's body language, connect and be present to ourselves and to each other and then we learn and practice introductory Argentine Tango phrases. From here, we build our communication and begin to move about the tango dance floor together improvisationally.

We practice technique and polish our skills and get more and more clear in our communication. Over time, we get to feel what we call the Tangasm, extraordinary connecting Bliss!