Argentine Tango Classes

Whenever we get a moment, we record a brief summary of what we taught or what we focussed on in the classes that week. Each video is intended to be a mini version of the class, and has a short explanation of what we did, with the steps or techniques broken down to make them easy to see.


Tango Class - Milonga Triangle Step

7th Aug 2019

A basic 'triangle step' for dancing to the faster 'Milonga rhythm' music that you find at tango events. This step progresses you forwards around the ronda, but can also be used to create a turn around a small anti-clockwise circle.


Tango Class - Milonga Box Step Basic

6th Aug 2019

A basic box-step for dancing to the faster 'Milonga rhythm' music you will encounter at tango events. This step can be danced progressively so it moves you slowly around the ronda, or with a bit of adjustment to your step length you can stay in one place. Dancing to milonga rhythm tends to consist of a small variety of steps repeated often, so you do not need a lot of complicated sequences to dance a milonga well, and this is a good one to get you started.


Tango Class - Boleos Part 2

5th Aug 2019

Creating a boleo (a flick) without using a pivot. This is a 'led decoration', an accent in the dance that is created from the lead rather than optionally by the follower.


Tango Class - Boleos Part 1

4th Aug 2019

Creating a boleo (a flick) from a pivot. This is a 'led decoration', an accent in the dance that is created from the lead rather than just performed optionally by the follower.


Tango Class - Ganchos Part 2

3rd Aug 2019

The gancho (hook) is a classic step that is seen often in Argentine tango show dances, where the follower's leg hooks around the leader's leg, wrapping at the knee to emphasise the connection. This shows how to do a basic gancho on the leader's left hand side, created from a back ocho.


Tango Class - Ganchos Part 1

1st Aug 2019

The gancho (hook) is a classic step that is seen often in Argentine tango show dances, where the follower's leg hooks around the leader's leg, wrapping at the knee to emphasise the connection. This video demonstrates how to do a basic gancho on the leader's right hand side, created from a back ocho.


Tango Class - Enrosques and an Energised Giro

10th Jun 2019

This video is in two parts - the first looks at enrosques for both the leader and the follower, and the second looks at an energised giro where the follower provides the turning power even though they are still being led.


Tango Class - Follower Sacada and Follower Barrida

8th Jun 2019

A follower sacada, where the follower takes space from the leader and displaces the leader's leg (unlike the usual sacada, which is the other way around), and a follower barrida, where the follower apparently drags the leader's leg into a new position.


Argentine Tango Class - The Sandwich

13th May 2019

The Sandwich is where the leader or follower "sandwiches" their partner's foot between their own collected (brought together) feet before transitioning to the next step or position. It is a frequently used part of tango, and forms the basis of everything from milonga steps to big sweeping turns.


Leg Wraps from Ganchos

26th Apr 2019

Leg wraps are best executed slowly and with control. These are not moves for fast rhythms such as milonga, so take your time with them and work with the music.


Ganchos - aka The Hook

21st Apr 2019

A gancho or hook is where one partner's leg hooks briefly around the other partner's leg, and is one of the most recognisable moves or steps in tango.


Sacadas - A series of Sacadas

14th Apr 2019

What is a sacada? It is where the leader 'takes away' space from the follower so they are guided into a different step or position than they would have been otherwise. Here we cover two main types of sacada... a forward sacada in a giro, and a linear back sacada.


Off-Axis Turns Part 2 - Colgadas

5th Apr 2019

Following on from our volcadas classes and video last week, this is all about the related off-axis move, the colgada. This is where you and your partner lean away from each other, supporting yourselves with your frame.


Off-Axis Turns Part 1 - Volcadas

29th Mar 2019

An introduction to turns using Volcadas, where the follower's axis is leaning towards the leader and is no longer self-supporting.


Tango Class - Energised Planeos

22nd Mar 2019

How to get a bit of extra energy into your planeos, using spiral (as a follower) and sacadas (as part of the lead).


Tango Class - Using Barridas to Turn

15th Mar 2019

After last week's barridas lesson, here are a few variations that you can use to create turns and pivots from barridas. Class taught by Graham and Nathalie in the week of the 11th March 2019 in various venues.


Tango Class - Barridas

8th Mar 2019

Barridas (sweeps), where it looks as though the leader is pushing the follower's foot with his, but actually the lead still comes from the chest connection. Three variations - - Linear, in a giro, and with a step-over. Class taught in the week of the 4th March 2019 in various locations.


Tango class - An introduction to Boleos and Ganchos

25th Feb 2019

How to create the boleo (or 'flick') naturally from a pivot and a projection. Class taught during the week of the 18th Feb 2019.


Tango Class Revision - A Series of Crosses

16th Feb 2019

A variety of basic crosses, looking at technique and precision. Class taught by Graham and Nathalie during the week of the 11th Jan 2019.


Ochos with Sacadas, including a Follower Sacada

10th Feb 2019

A series of back ochos with sacadas, leading into a pivot turn with a follower sacada. Class taught at various venues during the week of the 7th February by Graham and Nathalie.


Tango class - Turns and Rotations

25th Jan 2019

Three turn sequences that can be used in a variety of situations. 1. A rock-step turn that works for the faster milonga rhythm tracks as well as slower tango tracks. 2. A rebound giro where the leader starts on the inside track and pivots a half turn clockwise to lead the follower around. You need to do two of these to complete a turn. 3. A variation of the one above, only with more elasticity and more energy. Class taught by Graham and Nathalie at South Norwood and Sevenoaks on the week commencing 21st Jan 2019.


Rhythmic Tango - An introduction to milonga

11th Jan 2019

A basic introduction to milonga rhythm, a faster version of tango that is generally danced or stepped on the beat. This style uses smaller repetitive steps rather than the larger and more fluid steps we are used to. This class was taught in South Norwood and Sevenoaks on the week commencing 7th Jan 2018.


Tango class - A travelling turn

19th Dec 2018

A travelling (or progressive) turn, where both leader and follower complete a full turn anti-clockwise whilst continuing to travel along the line of dance. Class taught at South Norwood, Sevenoaks, and Tunbridge Wells in December 2018.


Tango class - Using the follower's axis to control sacadas and wraps

19th Dec 2018

With some variations of sacadas and wraps, they can look very different from the outside, but for the follower it can be hard to distinguish between the two different leads. We look at how to make the lead as clear as possible by using the follower's axis. Class taught by Graham and Nathalie at South Norwood and Sevenoaks in December 2018.


Sacadas and Dissociation

30th Nov 2018

A sequence of sacadas that depend on an increasing degree of dissociation from both the leader and the follower. Class taught at Tunbridge Wells, South Norwood, and Sevenoaks by Graham and Nathalie on the week commencing 26th November 2018. With a guest appearance from Ern the TangoDog.


 

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