Dear friends and dancers,

At last! I’m coming back to Wellington, 6-19.February. I’m so sorry to have been away for so long and I look forward to catching up with you (or meeting you for the first time!) over coffee or wine.

I’ll be in Wellington from 6 to 19.February, teaching 4 workshops, private lessons, and meeting over coffee and wine to talk about how your tango life is going.

What is the Lexicon of 25 Tango Elements?

We teach tango from the elements, without sequences or memorization. Our goal is to empower dancers to experience creativity. The Lexicon of Tango is the repertoire of 25 Elements and their variations inherited from the 1940s.

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.

Dancing from the elements empowers dancers to to express every music, challenge partners to maintain intense concentration, and use space skillfully for better floorcraft.

Personal Checklist

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About the workshops:

In 2019, TangoForge taught four 12-hour seminars, covering the entire Lexicon of Tango, organized by biomechanical principles. In Wellington, I’ll teach highlights from each of the four seminars in a 3-hour workshop.

I do not teach any sequences at all. Every step will be improvised exploring the variations of each Element. Each workshop will focus on the biomechanical principles that make these movements work. We will not cover in detail all of the material below, but you will understand the relationships and we will focus on principles that will enable you to grow your own dance.

Workshops will take place at BodyLab, 43 Hania Street 13:30-16:30 and will include a 15 minute break.

Saturday, 8.February: ELASTICITY 
… in steps: Rebote and Alteración
… for special effects: contra Voleo, Rebote Cadera, Patada

 
Sunday, 9.February: CUSTOMS
Molinete Lineal and the Three Giros
… Adornos (including the biomechanics of fluid movement of the free leg)
 
Saturday, 15.February: CONSEQUENCE
… Pro voleos (circular, linear, and butterfly)
Volcada, Colgada, and one type of Salta

Sunday, 16.February: INTERACTIONS
… Sacadas
… Ganchos
… Barridas (and how you can use them to link ganchos into Pulpeades)

Registration

Intention is very important to me.  As I prepare in advance to teach, I prefer that my students also prepare their intentions in advance by committing to participate. 

We have learned that the best learning environment is a combination of group lessons and private sessions. Therefore, students who register in advance will receive discounted private lessons as part of their registration, with deeper discounts for students who commit to more of the programme.

 
Private lessons will be held on weekday evenings from 9-17.February at BodyLab, 43 Hania Street. You will be able to choose your timeslot.

You can register in advance by credit card through the website with the blue buttons below. The website is secure. If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, send an email to office@TangoForge.com stating what you would like to register for, and I will send you the bank detail..

4 workshops including private lesson: NZ$200

TangoForge

4 Workshops + Private Lesson

3 workshops including private lesson: NZ$170

TangoForge

3 Workshops + Private

2 workshops including private lesson NZ$130

TangoForge

2 Workshops + Private Lesson

1 workshop including private lesson NZ$110

TangoForge

1 Workshop + Private Lesson

1 workshop pre-registered NZ€40

TangoForge

One workshop preregistered no private

Any number of workshops paid at the door: NZ$50/workshop.

Private lessons booked separately: NZ$95

NOTES:

    • Workshops are appropriate for all levels except absolute beginner.
    • No partner is required for registration.
    • We do not need to know which workshops you plan to attend. (If you register for 2, you can show up to any 2.)
    • Registrations are not refundable, but they are transferrable.

The deadline for pre-registration is 31.January.

If you miss the pre-registration deadline, you can still get a €10 discount by bringing homemade pavlova or ginger crunch to the workshop. But you do still need to tell me in advance that you are doing so as there is a limit of 2 desserts per workshop. 

TangoForge Pedagogy

Regardless of which “style” of tango you prefer, all Argentine Tango relies on the same skills. We have studied anatomy and biomechanics to be able to give actionable instructions for sublime connection, balance, clear communication, and fluid movement.

We teach Argentine Tango technique in a way that everyone can understand and implement, so that teaching is not a cult of personality and metaphor, but a toolbox that students can use on their own to diagnose their own errors, assist partners, and learn faster from any teachers.

We dance Argentine Tango in a traditional way which means that we take pride in our skills. We dance every movement in the Tango Lexicon inherited from the 1940s – in every variation, on both sides! We seek to dance with contrast of mood from serious to humorous, with a contrast of musicality working with the rhythm and the melody, with contrast of speed and dynamic, and variation in the embrace from sweet to sensual to athletic – always with sublime connection. We encourage all gender/roles, styles, and the application of tango to every music you love.