Argentine tango is a smooth and expressive dance that is a perfect complement to any freestyle event when you want to slow the pace down a little, and it can be danced to a surprisingly wide range of music.
Argentine Tango has been growing in popularity in the UK over the last few years, probably thanks to TV shows like Strictly Come Dancing bringing it to our attention. It is a dance that is steeped in tradition, both in the teaching methods that are frequently used, and in the music played at classes and social dances ("Milongas").It is an expressive and elegant dance that can be danced to a wide variety of music, not just the traditional tango music you may have heard.
We use modern and current music in our classes, and our teaching style is sometimes described as ‘nuevo’, so if you like the look of the tango but want to try it out to the music you know and love then look no further than Jivebeat!
Sometimes it seems as though there are as many different styles of tango as there are tango dance teachers. Modern, traditional, nuevo, saloon, neo... every version of tango looks subtly different and has its own take on the dancing environment. But the similarities are greater than the differences, so the hold, the connection, the balance, and the lead and follow used in this unique dance are fundamentally the same whatever style you end up dancing.
The format of individual classes may vary slightly from week to week as we like to stay flexible, but every Jivebeat Tango class will comprise at least the following:
We begin every class with a series of warm-up exercises specific to tango that focus on having your weight in the correct place and the dissociation or isolation of the upper and lower body that are such a core part of this dance.
Tango requires more of a focus on the detail than other dances so although we will be introducing new steps and moves every week, there will also be a lot of revision and fine-tuning. This means that beginners can join in at any week and not find themselves out of their depth, whilst more experienced dancers will continue to progress.
Milongas are the Tango equivalent of a 'freestyle' evening, and Practicas are the practice sessions often after a class. Traditional Milongas and Practicas tend to play only traditional music, with maybe 5% or 10% of modern thrown into the mix for people who like that sort of thing. Tracks are played in groups of three or four (called Tandas) separated by pieces of non-Tango music (called Cortinas) to give people a break from dancing. This gives a wonderfully traditional atmosphere to the session, but not everyone wants to dance only to traditional music, so our Milongas and Practicas offer an alternative.
Jivebeat Alternative Milongas are all about the modern music. There are no tandas, no cortinas, and no dress code, just music from start to finish and tango in whatever style you like.
For comparison, if you want to see what a traditional milonga is like then have a look at this excellent article on Tango Voice.
Unlike some dance classes where you pay for one class then pay again or pay more for whatever follows, at Jivebeat your entry fee covers you for the whole night. From the opening class at 8pm through to the end of the freestyle at 11pm, you only pay the once. So there's no reason to go home after your class!
Click the image below for a short demo of our Argentine Tango.
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