Technique Workshops

Deep Technique Workshops

One Topic per month. Four chances to learn and consolidate.

Tuesdays 7-8:30pm

Colombian Hotel 117 Oxford at Crown

$15 includes Jewel Lab milonga

TangoForge workshops are appropriate to all levels and no partner is required. TangoForge teaching principles.

June 2014 topic: Extreme embraces: From the closest embrace to soltada with the same quality of connection.

May 2014 topic: El pulpo: Because one gancho is never enough!

April 2014 topic: Acceleration and deceleration from the base leg: rebote, sacada, parada

March 2014 topic: Grand and Tiny: Linear Voleos and Change of Foot


Past topics

9 February 2014: Acceleration and Deceleration. 

12 January 2014: Lineal moves, Tiny and Grand. We focus on change of foot and lineal voleos (back, side, front; With and Contra)

October-November 2013 Intensive: The arch of connection, leading the psoas, second projection, and constant activation.

8 September workshop will be rescheduled because we’ll be dancing at Bondi Beach with Esquina de Tango.

11 August 2013: The Sublime and the Profound What makes a leader divine to dance with? And what can followers do about it? I’ve been testing some deeper insights into the biomechanics of connection and the effects on my students are profound.

14 July 2013: Delicate Details and Power Moves. For leaders, this class will expand your musicality using only the moves you already know. Followers will learn to use their body in more subtle ways. We will focus on creating tiny gestures and charming changes of direction. Then we’ll look at how to create the power to smooth transitions between movements. This power enables you to dance faster (and slower)….

9 June 2013: From Crosses to sweet Ganchos. Last month Anibal and Hosannah taught a cool ganchos workshop with a delightful gancho/wrap directly following a back cross. I started exploring with this idea and discovered that after every cross there are SIX such delightful ganchos. All of them rely on the crucial technique from my April workshop, which is leading and following a total relaxation of the embrace that allows the leader to move inside the embrace. This workshop will start with a 30 minute review of the technique for leading and following crosses, forward and back, with both feet, from forward, back and side steps. Then we’ll start exploring these fabulous ganchos. You’ll notice that ganchos from the cross are less clunky and ungainly than otherwise. They have a sharp musicality as well and can be done in close embrace. However, they require excellent followers technique!

19 May 2013: Perfect Back Sacadas for Leaders and Followers. Take the plunge and grow your dance with back sacadas! (The class will make your forward sacadas better too!) Leaders will say “Oh, that’s not so hard!” One of my students says: “Doing follower’s back sacadas is so empowering!” Free class on forward sacadas at 5 pm. Back sacadas workshop at 6 pm.

14 April 2013: how we change the embrace. First we will look at why and how the follower is responsible for connection. Then we will examine the uses of (and how to follow) changes of tension in the wrist, elbow, and shoulder joints and how these enable and distinguish: voleo v rebote cadera, sacada v parada, calesita v volcada. Workshop is $25 for Tango Synergy members, $30 otherwise. No partner or pre-registration required.




I want you to know that you are not alone…

… neither in your dreams for tango nor in your frustrations.

My deepest desire is the same as all my students and friends … those who have yet to start dancing and those who dance a lot.

It’s partnership.

One thing I’ve learned on this quest, we need to:

Stop Waiting for Partners, and start Building them.

I’ve written a 10-step Action Plan.

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