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:
  1. 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.
  2. We use traditional terms as much as possible to synchronize with what you learn elsewhere.
  3. 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 practice. 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 is a complete documentation of TangoForge Pedagogy, covering every Element in the Tango Lexicon. 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.
We use the term ‘Mark’ for Leader and ‘Revel’ for Follower. Here’s why
I acknowledge my teachers, Pablo Villarraza and Dana Frígoli, Chicho, El Pulpo, Sebastián Arrua, Makela Brizuela, Pablo Rojas, and Eugenia Parrilla. I am grateful to dancers Armin Kyros, Iwan Harlan, and Germain Cascales for inspiring me to understand how far we can go with pure tango elements and technique. The 2017 TangoForge Apprentices, Yoko, Stefan, and Swan, contributed to refining this pedagogy. My students’ questions throughout my career have challenged and inspired new articulations.

Thank you so much for your patience with us. The new 2018 MasterCourse is now complete and live! The 2017 version will remain available.

Announcement

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.

 

2019 TangoForge

February 7-19Wellington NZ

February 7-9 Bruges NeoTango Marathon

May 8-10 NeoTango Marathon Amsterdam Seminar

July 3-5 Bremen Neo Tango Rave Seminar

July 17-26 Phantastango

August South Sweden.

September 11-14 Athens Neo Tango Marathon

October Berlin

Walking Elements

01 02 04
Walk Front
Walk Back
Change Foot

We walk together in systems, on tracks, and we can change feet in different combinations.

03 06
Lateral Steps:
Side steps and Ochos

An ocho is a step beginning with a pivot of 90-270 degrees

05
Molinete Lineal

Molinete lineal is tango's custom for walking sidewards.

07
Sacadas

In a sacada the partners step perpendicular to one another, with one partner displacing the other. Front sacadas are those in which the entering partner uses a front step.

08 09 10
Giros

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).

Control Elements

11
Crosses

The free leg crosses in front or behind the base leg.

12
Parada

A stop, during any point of a step or pivot.

13
Barrida

A barrida moves the Revel's free leg by direct contact with the Mark's free leg.

21 22
Volcada
Colgada

In Volcada the partners are off balance, leaning on one another. In Colgada the partners are off-balance, hanging on one another.

23
Adorno

Adornos are unmarked embellishments. Both partners can do almost anything they want, as long as they remain reliable and predictable.

24
Soltada

A soltada goes out of the standard embrace.

Power Elements

14 15
Rebote
Alteración

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.

16 17
Voleos:
Circular
& Linear

Voleo Circular maximize front and back projections during a pivot. Voleo Linear maximize front, back, and side projections.

18
Gancho

Ganchos hook a voleo through the partner's leg or around the body.

19 20
Blocks:
Rebote Cadera
& Patada

Contra block to Revel's Pivot. Patada is a kick, usually between the partner's legs, marked with a contra block.

25
Salta

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.