Videos can’t replace the social aspects of group lessons, but we can give you the information you need to understand Argentine Tango thoroughly and train your body to move with strength and fluidity.
Designed for ambitious tango students of both roles and all levels, the MasterCourse is a comprehensive curriculum covering the technique and variations of the 25 Elements in 16 video sessions.
The Exercise Center presents anatomical diagrams and pilates-based video exercises for the 10 most important tango muscles.
Structured Home Practice for solo dancers in both roles and pairs. Each course has 10 video sessions with text notes. For all levels from absolute beginner.
The KnowledgeBase is an encyclopedia of Tango movements. It contains 150 hyperlinked texts, with diagrams and short demonstrative videos, covering every Element’s technique and systems of variation.
We walk together in systems, on tracks, and we can change feet in different combinations.
We step lateral to the partner with open or crossed steps, also called ochos, which are lateral step beginning with a pivot of 90-270 degrees.
Molinete lineal is tango's custom for walking sidewards.
In sacada the partners step perpendicular to one another, with one partner displacing the other.
There are three Giros. double-giro and two single-giros, the Mark’s single-giro and the Revel’s single-giro (also known as Calesita).
The free leg crosses in front or behind the base leg.
A stop, during any point of a step or pivot.
A barrida moves the Revel's free leg by direct contact with the Mark's free leg.
A rebote is an elastic step which returns to the origin. Alteración is a rebote which pivots and releases at a different point than the origin.
Voleo Circular maximizes front and back projections during a pivot. Voleo Linear maximizes front, back, and side projections.
Ganchos hook a voleo through the partner's leg or around the body.
Contra block to the Revel's Pivot produces a Rebote Cadera. To a projection produces a kick, often between the partner's legs.
These are the off-balance elements. In Volcada the partners lean on one another. In Colgada the partners hang on one another.
Adornos are unmarked autonomous embellishments.
Soltada is any nonstandard embrace.
Salta is a situation in which the Revel's weight is off of both of her feet (jump, lift, drag, sostenida...).
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.
We have distilled tango technique to just five tools for perfect embrace, connection, and communication.
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