6. August 2021 update re: videos displaying as “private”: I did some testing and found an unlikely culprit who I have vanquished. Based on the testing I can do, it seems the videos now work. If you still have problems, please tell me your device and browser.
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Volcada and Colgada are movements in which the partners go off balance, leaning or hanging on one another.
Blocks are contra movements which apply power to block the Revel’s projection. Rebote cadera blocks her pivot. Patada creates a kick.
Ganchos are voleos which intersect the partner’s body.
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Each session will be online for two weeks, so you can always see the current and previous session.
There are links to the DE version from each session.
The questions from the 2020 sessions are still visible in the forum so you can learn from other students. You can ask your own questions in
New! General dialogue forum. This is to build community, so conversation topics are open.
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.
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.