Introduction to Social Argentine Tango
This class meets Wednesday night from 7:30 – 8:30 pm and is offered periodically throughout the year. It is an introduction to the art of Social Argentine Tango and prepares students for our Monday classes, the Wednesday Close Embrace class, as well as attending milongas (social dances), and understanding the codigos of Social Argentine Tango culture.
Please contact us for more information about the next session.
Monday Evening Classes
Our first class on Monday evening, Fundamentals of Argentine Tango, begins at 7:30 pm and ends at 8:30 pm. This class focuses on teaching foundation technique and vocabulary. This class is designed for people who are new to the dance or wish to refine their technique in a structured setting. If you are newer to the dance, time will be spent explaining the details of the technique.
A typical Monday class schedule might look like this.
- Solo technique (balance, projections, and/or pivots)
- Partner technique & vocabulary
- Social dancing with simulated social dance conditions such as a small floor and navigation obstacles.
Then a short break for snacks and socializing!
The second hour, 8:30 – 9:30 pm, Tango Vocabulary and Technique is focused on applying technique and fundamentals to the integration of vocabulary as well as exploring musical interpretation.
With punch card: $8.00
Whether a student attends one class, all of both classes, or all of one class and part of the other, the cost is the same.
Wednesday Evening Classes
Monday Review is held when Introduction to Social Argentine Tango is not running and focuses on reviewing the material covered on Monday night – solo exercises, communication games, partner exercises, vocabulary/application, and social dancing.
Close Embrace Tango
Luciana Valle once said that there are wonderful things in open embrace tango and that there are wonderful things in close embrace tango. If you limit yourself to one approach, you’re missing out. It’s an interesting paradox that even though the steps are smaller and the footwork is often less complicated than what would be danced in open embrace, the depth and meaning of the movements can be much deeper and more saturated in close embrace. We explore comfort in the embrace, smaller movements in tiny spaces, deeper awareness of our partner, the music, and the other couples to help people find the larger (sometimes much larger) world within the embrace and movements. We explore the physical requirements of close embrace as well as the intellectual and emotional shifts which facilitate creating a dance which is filled with less movement but can have more meaning.
Close Embrace Tango aims to help people make clear distinctions between open and close embrace dancing. The class begins with establishing posture conducive to comfort. From there we explore musicality using inspiration as a guide. Issues of navigation, improvisation, and communication are also addressed, as well as the technical modifications required for some open embrace vocabulary to operate well in close embrace.
Our Close Embrace Tango class is supported by our monthly Milonga El Abrazo which provides a social event where people can use the close embrace skills they develop in class to dance in a sustained close embrace in a small space.
Whether you are new to tango or have been dancing for a while, this class is for anyone interested in taking their close embrace dancing deeper.
Punch Card: $8 *
*This is for the entire night. Whether you stay for one or both classes, it’s only one punch or the drop-in fee.