‘Ten More Weeks To Tango’ Course

The ’10 More Weeks to Tango’ Course is suitable for improvers dancing for more than 3 months but less than 18 months, or for those who have attended the ’10 Weeks to Tango Course’.

If you are an absolute beginner (never danced Argentine Tango before) you should look at the ’10 Weeks to Tango’ course as the place to start your tango journey.

In this course each class reviews and extends core technique, more complex options for each basic figure, as well as introducing new figures. We continue to study musicality to show how each weeks material could be used for different tango tunes.

As an improver, over the course of the 10 week program you can boost your repertoire of tango movement, style and musicality to improve your enjoyment of dancing at tango social dances (milongas).

Take a look at the approximate course outline below, and if this appeals to you why not check when our next improvers 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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‘Ten More Weeks To Tango’ Course Outline

Week 1 – Different ways of Walking

  • Basic Parallel walk and embrace review
  • Multi-track walking in Parallel Step using Dissociation
  • Changing from Parallel to Cross Step while walking
  • The Walk with Musical decorations
  • The Pause with Musical decorations
  • Double Timing and Half Timing
  • Mixing it together with what you already know
  • Musicality
  • Practise

Week 2 – An Abundance of Crosses

  • Week 1 Review
  • Review of the Basic Cross
  • The Cross Step Walk-through Cross
  • The Milonguero Cross (Ocho Cortado)
  • Followers Cross from any point in the walk
  • Mixing it together with what you already know
  • Musicality
  • Practise

Week 3 – Playing with Ochos and Boleos

  • Week 2 Review
  • Review of Ocho Adelante (front), Ocho Atras (back)
  • Capturing Followers pivot to perform Ochos along the Line Of Dance (LOD)
  • Review of Back Voleo
  • Front Voleo
  • Changing direction of Followers pivot to induce ‘whipping’ action of the free leg (Castiga)
  • Mixing it together with what you already know
  • Musicality
  • Practise

Week 4 – Playing with Giros and Sacadas

  • Week 3 Review
  • Review of basic Giros
  • Changing the Giro Axis point (basic Molinete)
  • Changing the Giro Axis to produce a Promenade
  • Changing the Giro Axis to produce multiple Grapvine half turns
  • The 2 step Giro (single axis turn)
  • Mixing it together with what you already know
  • Musicality
  • Practise

Week 5 – Maintaining the Flow of Dance to produce Elegance

  • Week 4 Review
  • Maintaining the LOD while performing crosses
  • Smoothing out transitions using music as the cue to pause and continue
  • Exiting a figure in parallel system or cross system – does it matter?
  • Leaders tricks when you don’t know which followers foot is free to move on
  • The slow pivot, for when you are a few degrees out of LOD, or a few notes from the end of a music bar

Week 6 – Playing with Sacadas and Entradas

  • Week 5 Review
  • Entradas as a Leaders Decoration
  • Sacadas in the walk
  • Sacadas in Ochos (both Front and Back) and ‘what happens after?’
  • Multiple Sacadas in a Giro
  • Mixing it together with what you already know
  • Musicality
  • Practise

Week 7 – Steamy Leg Wraps and the off-axis Volcada

  • Week 6 Review
  • Review of basic Leg Wrap
  • Making the Leg Wrap look steamy!
  • The Volcada, left and right
  • Secadas and Enganche in Giros
  • Mixing it together with what you already know
  • Musicality
  • Practise

Week 8 – Gancho’s to get you hooked…

  • Week 7 Review
  • Review of basic Gancho
  • Where else can Gancho’s be used?
  • Gancho’s on the leaders left
  • Mixing Gancho’s and Leg Wraps
  • Musicality
  • Practise

Week 9 – Carrusels and Planeo and Followers Enrosque

  • Week 8 Review
  • Basic Planeo (Glide)
  • Moving from Front Planeo to Reverse Planeo
  • Review of basic Carussel
  • Followers Decorations for Carrusels
  • Moving from Reverse Planeo to Carrusel
  • Mixing it together with what you already know
  • Musicality
  • Practise

Week 10 – Enrosque for Followers and Leaders

  • Week 9 Review
  • Leading a Followers Enrosque
  • Moving from Enrosque to Carrusel
  • Moving from Off Axis Followers Enrosque to Volcada
  • Leaders Enrosque during Giros
  • Leaders Enrosque with Lapiz
  • Mixing it together with what you already know
  • Musicality
  • Practise
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