New! General dialogue forum including both Challenge I and Challenge II students. This is to build community, so conversation topics are open.
Here We Are!
Welcome to some of our regular long-term MasterCourse students who want to join in to the Challenge to participate in the Forum:
Lewis from Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Virginia from Nelson, British Colombia, Canada
Danny from Dublin, Ireland
Pez from Portsmouth, England
Katriona from Cambridge, England
Remco from Utrecht, Netherlands
A very special welcome to Boris & Jutta, students of Studio Berlin 2017, where we recorded the first version of the MasterCourse.
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In order to support your rapid learning, we are including the KnowledgeBase with the MasterCourse Challenge. This enables you to quickly look up any unfamiliar or forgotten terms. The KnowledgeBase works like Wikipedia, it’s a hyperlinked text Encyclopedia of every term of tango movement (with images and short video clips where necessary). If something is missing, please let us know!
You’ll find the KnowledgeBase terms in the sidebar of every Challenge Session or you can click the logo wherever you see it to visit the KnowledgeBase directly.
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25 Elements in 16 sessions
1 Front Steps 2 Back Steps 4 Change of Foot
3 Side Step 6 Ochos
5 Molinete Lineal
8 Double Giro 9 Mark’s Single Giro10 Revel’s Single GIro (Calesita)
13 Barrida… Sandwichito… Pulpeades
14 Rebote 15 Alteración
16 Voleos Circular 17 Voleos Linear
18 Ganchos … Piernazo
19 Rebote Cadera 20 Patada
21 Volcada 22 Colgada
Anatomical Terminology: We seek to provide instruction in objective, scientific terms. This will be unfamiliar at first, but our students catch on quickly. At any point, you can visit the Exercise Center to review the 10 key tango muscles and their control exercises.
Tango Language: Before creating the MasterCourse, we spent years documenting tango concepts and disaggregating terminology. If you are confused about what something means, or why we use the term we do, you can visit the KnowledgeBase for reference.
The Structure: The MasterCourse is a comprehensive tour of the entire Lexicon of Tango inherited from the 1940s. It is organized balancing three goals:
- We draw on 8 years of teaching to create the most effective revelation of technique and systems by linking elements together based on their functional/biomechanical relationships.
- We use traditional terms as much as possible to synchronize with what you learn elsewhere.
- We distill to make tango graspable without losing any detail.
How to Learn: We believe that tango has been mystified and students have been disempowered. Watch each video here to build your confidence in understanding of how tango works. Then practice each part of the video with a partner at home or at a practica. Prepare for each practice section by taking notes on the video or writing down the exact section you want to practice.
Close Embrace: We show the movements in open embrace and quite large, so that it’s possible to see on the video. The technique in close embrace is exactly the same.
Technical Support: Your enrollment includes technical support. If you have any kind of question, do not hesitate to send an email to office@TangoForge.com or use the chat function at the lower right corner of your screen. We answer personally within 24 hours.