’10 Weeks to Tango’ Course

Couple dancing tango Ten Weeks to Tango version 3

The ’10 week to Tango’ Course is suitable for absolute beginners and improvers dancing less than 6 months. Each class introduces core technique, basic figures and slightly more complex options for each figure. We also study musicality to show how each weeks material could be used for different tango tunes.

As a beginner, over the course of the 10 week program you can develop a large enough repertoire of tango movement, style and musicality to help prepare you to start dancing at tango social dances (called milongas).

Take a look at the approximate course outline below, and if this appeals to you why not check when our next beginners course starts on our events page, and take advantage of our online booking discounts?

Please note: When we teach this course we will try cover as much of the material as possible in each week, depending on the pace of the class.

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The ’10 Weeks to Tango’ Course Outline

Week 1 – Embrace, tango walk, and simple turns

  • The Embrace and connection
  • The Tango Walk
  • The Rock Turn
  • The Rebound Turn
  • Mixing the Walk and Turns
  • Musicality
  • Practise

Week 2 – Half moon turn (a/c) and basic followers cross

  • Week 1 Review
  • Half Moon Turn (Media Luna)
  • The Cross (Cruzada)
  • Mixing the Walk, Half Moon turn, and the Cross
  • Musicality
  • Practise

Week 3 – Front ‘figure of 8s’ and Stops (or traps)

  • Week 2 Review
  • The Corridor
  • Front Figure 8 (Ocho Adelante)
  • Mixing Crosses and Ocho Adelante
  • The Stop (parada)
  • The Pass (pasada)
  • Musicality
  • Practise

Week 4 – Back ‘figure of 8s’, the ‘sandwich’ stop, and Ocho decorations

  • Week 3 Review
  • Back Figure 8 (Ocho Atras)
  • Mixing the Walk and Ocho Atras
  • The Sandwich
  • Decorations for Ochos
  • Musicality
  • Practise

Week 5   – Half moon (c/w), simple positioning and the ‘Columbian’ step

  • Week 4 Review
  • Half Moon with Back Figure 8
  • Columbian
  • Musicality
  • Practise

Week 6 – Half Way review and the Grapevine half turn

  • Half Way Review (weeks 1 -5)
  • The Grapevine
  • Musicality

Week 7 – The Full Turn, the drag, and the volley

  • Week 6 Review
  • The Full Turn (Giro)
  • The Drag (Arrastrar or Barrido)
  • The Volley (Voleo or Boleo)
  • Musicality
  • Practise

Week 8 – Simple Leg wrap, and Simple Hook

  • Week 7 Review
  • Leg Wrap (Enganche)
  • The Hook (Gancho)
  • Musicality
  • Practise

Week 9 – Entering followers space with and without change of weight

  • Week 8 Review
  • Simple Entrada (entering space) during Forward Ochos
  • Simple Entrada during Giros
  • Simple Sacada (entering space with leg contact) during Giros
  • The Merry-Go-Round
  • Musicality
  • Practise

Week 10 – Second Half Review, and Floor craft at a Tango Social Dance

  • Second Half (weeks 6-9) Review
  • Floor-craft (respect for other dancers)
  • The Structure of a Tango Social Dance (Milonga)
  • Practise