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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.
The MasterCourse was initially filmed live in class at our StudioBerlin in 2017, and has the charm of student questions, costume changes, and the beautiful 2017 Apprentices, Yoko, Stefan, and Swan, along with TangoForge artist, Jessica Phoenix. During most of the year Vio had an injury in my hip which prevented correct extension and internal rotation. In early 2018, Sebastian Hill, master of Liebscher-Bracht Therapie, repaired her body.
In 2018 Roberto and Vio are re-shooting the MasterCourse, with a new camera and microphone to reduce background noise, outfits chosen to make it easier to see, and uninjured teachers.
The content of the 2017 and 2018 versions is the same, but the presentation is reorganized. In 2018 we combined the Biomechancs and Improvisation into one session. We also combined biomechanically-related movements into single sessions as we’ve found students are learning better this way.
You can choose to stay with our sexy 2017 crew, a live class of students asking questions, and Vio’s constantly changing outfits, or use the more snazzy and further distilled 2018 version.
The 2017 Biomechanics classes make very nice solo workouts, so these are listed additionally by topic at the bottom of the page.
Thank you so much for your patience with us. The new 2018 MasterCourse is now complete and live! The 2017 version will remain available.
We want to do the maximum in our power to bring our students together and to support the process of learning the MasterCourse. Therefore we are now making all our live workshops and Seminars FREE to MasterCourse students. Details.
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We walk together in systems, on tracks, and we can change feet in different combinations.
Side steps and Ochos
An ocho is a step beginning with a pivot of 90-270 degrees
Molinete lineal is tango's custom for walking sidewards.
In a sacada the partners step perpendicular to one another, with one partner displacing the other.
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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.
These are the off-balance elements. In Volcada the partners lean on one another. In Colgada the partners hang.
Adornos are unmarked embellishments. Both partners can do almost anything they want, as long as they remain reliable and predictable.
A soltada goes out of the standard embrace.
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 maximize front and back projections during a pivot. Voleo Linear maximize front, back, and side projections.
Ganchos hook a voleo through the partner's leg or around the body.
Contra block to Revel's Pivot. Patada is a kick, usually between the partner's legs, marked with a contra block.
A salta is a situation in which the Revel's weight is off of both of her feet. This could be a jump, lift, drag, or sostenida.