In March we were all skeptical about working, learning, and maintaining our friendships by video. By now we have learned that more is possible than we imagined.
I’ve heard about people who were able to stick to yoga or exercise routines, or even stay on track with writing projects by making regular video appointments with friends across the world or across town.
Inspired by these lockdown study-buddies, we are now offering a special double enrollment in the 18-month MasterCourse.
Your study-buddy is probably not your practice partner, if you even have one now. It’s a friend who you choose because you want to get closer to them by helping each other grasp the whole panorama of tango through the MasterCourse.
Double Down on the DistanceCommit to the MasterCourse with a Friend
MasterCourse Videos: 25 Elements in 16 Sessions
For ambitious students who want to understand all of tango
Includes the KnowledgeBase Encyclopedia,
The Muscle Exercise Center,
and all three Home Practice Courses
EN / DE
instant access to all material, for 18 months
Each student gets Six 15-minute
private video sessions with Vio to ask questions
(Yes, you may join one another's sessions.)
Free entry to Live Workshops
as soon as we are able to start teaching again
Students who enrolled in any TangoForge program in the last 9 months
can upgrade just by paying the difference.
Until the mid-1990s, tango was understood in groups of steps, or sequences. The Cochabamba Investigation Group analyzed tango and identified the basic Elements, from which dancers can compose.
There are 25 distinct tango Elements (see the Lexicon), each with a number of variations ranging from 5-100. We can do any variation with a number of different dynamics bringing our total expressive possibilities to roughly 1000.
The technique for each Element is consistent across its variations, so once we learn how to go looking for variations, and how to move with different dynamics we have a huge vocabulary at our disposal.
Dancing from the Elements empowers dancers to to express every music, challenge partners to maintain intense concentration, and use space skillfully for better floorcraft. Improvisation skills are essential to navigating crowded dance floors and dancing on diverse music.
Marks (Leaders) who have difficulty remembering the moves from class can stop trying to memorize and improvise based on understanding the structure of tango movements and their variations.
Doing the right movement is only the beginning part of following. When you understand the character of each movement and its technique, then you can bring grace, beauty, and self-expression to what the Mark asks you to do.
You can do the curriculum in any order you want and train at your own pace.
Dancers are told it takes 10 years to learn tango. We don’t want to wait that long to dance with you.
Many teachers don’t give actionable instruction, fail to provide equal instruction to both roles, keep secrets, or “drip” their knowledge slowly.
We share all our technique, concisely and precisely. And we constantly evaluate our pedagogy to make it more effective for more students.
We provide precise, empowering information about what to do with your body, and how to find variations, so you can improvise, instead of memorize.
We guarantee the quality of our material by answering any of your questions for free. MasterCourse students are entitled to free entry at our live workshops and to video consultations to ask questions. Al students are welcome to ask questions by email any time.
Selecting a practice partner
For optimal improvement, you should practice the MasterCourse material regularly.
In choosing a practice partner, eagerness and reliability are more important than level.
Selecting a study partner
Your study partner for the Double Down Deal is someone who dances the same role as you (or both roles), who is ambitious and curious. You do not need to know this person well, but it should be someone you respect because you will be analyzing and learning together.
Tips for Distance Collaboration
Set a regular, weekly or bi-weekly time to meet.
- This will help you develop a routine of study so you are ready for the meeting.
- It makes your study a commitment and priority.
- Saves time and delay making a new appointment each week.
While watching the video, collect ideas to discuss in your meeting and write down the timecode on the video for each.
- Things you didn’t know before.
- Connections with other sessions, lessons, or experiences.
- Things you don’t understand.
After each meeting, add unresolved questions to a list to ask Vio in your next session.
Give whereby.com a try for video chats. No account, no login, no download, no reservation, no long strings of numbers.
Interruption is part of the history of tango. During the 7 years of the dictatorship, tango became a family and home practice. It’s really not all about milongas.
Let us welcome this pause as part of the dance, a needed disruption of rhythm, part of a more complex one.
Entering the winter we renew our intentions and strategies for development during this time of Distance.