Digital learning 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 dance with confidence.
When you want to improve your technique, it can be hard to know what to practice. Home Solo Practice Courses show you the specific exercises you need to do. If you have a hard time remembering the sequences from class, the MasterCourse helps you to understand the 25 Elements of tango and their systems of improvisation, so you can improvise, instead of memorize. The Exercise Center helps you train the 10 key tango muscles. The KnowledgeBase is a quick reference Encyclopedia to help you make the most of all your classes.
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.
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