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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 Classes & Workshops in Aspen 2018

starts 9/19

tango Foundations-Beginning through experienced 4 week series @ Tac fitness

7:05-8:05 pm Wednesdays @ TAC fitness center, Basalt - $65 per person for 4 Wednesday (7:05-8:05 pm) sessions over 5 weeks
9/19, 9/26, 10/10, 10/17 (off October 3rd) $20 drop-in

You may begin on the first or second sessions only (9/19 or 9/26), after which, attendance is closed to new dancers until the next series.

All Levels-Advanced workshops @ Aspen Dance progressions

7-7:55 pm and 8-8:55 pm the 5th Wednesday of each Foundation series - Upcoming 10/24th, 12/5th

It is assumed that you already know the 8-count basic, front and back ochos, the turn to the left and the turn to the right to attend these workshops.

All Level Practica on Thursdays @ Aspen Red Brick Dance Studio

7-9 pm weeklhy $10 pP , $10 pp donation requested

All Levels are WELCOME!


 

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 flow

  • ORCHESTRA FAMILIES

  • ADORNMENT

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 and follow with respect, certainty, clear boundaries and immense creativity

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Movement Architecture & Tools:

  • Traveling - Weaving - La Crusada

  • Pivots - Ochos and Jiros

  • Paradas, Pasadas, Barridas, Calacitas etc

  • Sacadas & Changes in Direction

  • Free Leg Movement: Boleos, Ganchos, Wraps

  • Expansion & Compression: Colgadas & Volcadas

  • PERFORMANCE, Choreography 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

 

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About our tango classes:

We teach Argentine tango as a language, first learning introductory phrases and then how to communicate these to one another. We add vocabulary and architecture for full expression. We teach how to respectfully and musically listen to one another while embodying the roles of leader or follower.

Students learn tango as it is danced at the milongas in Buenos Aires and in cities around the world.