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.
The technique for each Element is consistent across its variations. Once we know the Element’s necessary technique and its systems of variations we have a huge vocabulary at our disposal to which we can apply various dynamics for rich musical expression.
Dancing from the Elements empowers dancers to increase their vocabulary, 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.
Regardless of which “style” of tango you prefer, all Argentine Tango relies on the same skills.
We distilled technique to a memorable set of just 5 Tools. The 5 Biomechanical Tools enable you to diagnose problems, analyze movements to learn from any teacher or video, and help fellow dancers.
To create our technique we studied and analyzed every tango movement to understand its biomechanics. The accuracy of our explanations has been validated by two physiologists.
By describing motion in terms of position and action of joints and contraction of muscles, we can give direct and clear instructions for sublime connection, balance, clear communication, and fluid movement.
Dancers are skeptical about online tango education. Of course group classes are more fun and social, and of course it’s necessary to experience expert execution of movements. However, “feeling it” with someone who doesn’t know what they are doing can actually lead to bad habits that take years to unlearn.
More important than the social aspects of instruction is the quality of the information.
Many teachers don’t offer precise actionable instruction of what to do with your body. They rely on metaphors and mirror neurons, which only works for some students. Furthermore, many also fail to provide equal instruction to both roles.
Our Digital School provides precise, empowering information for both roles about what to do with your joints and muscles, and how to find variations, so you can move with confidence and improvise, instead of memorize.
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.
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.
When you enroll in the MasterCourse all sesssions are immediately available. You can do the curriculum in any order you want and train at your own pace.
*or being annoyed with yourself for not being able to remember them.