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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. 

 

 

Heather & Gregor's Tango in Aspen summer 2018

All Levels Montly workshops on Wednesdays

7-7:55 pm and 8-8:55 pm the 4th Wednesday each month

All Level Practica on Thursdays @ Aspen Red Brick Dance Studio

7-9 pm weeklhy $10 pP

 

Next Workshop July 25th @ 403 Airport Business Center, Dance Progressions

 

 

 


 

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

 
  We teach tango as if it were a language of connection. While first learning to listen 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!    

We teach tango as if it were a language of connection. While first learning to listen 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!