Marcelo Solis dancing Argentine Tango with Mimi at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires virtual classes.

Free virtual practica and birthday celebration: June 2 at 8 pm PST.

Free virtual practica and birthday celebration: June 2 at 8 pm PST.

Marcelo Solis dancing Argentine Tango with Mimi at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires virtual classes.

June 2 is my birthday!

I want to celebrate it with a free virtual practica (practice) from 8 to 9 pm PST on Wednesday, June 2.

If you would like to join this free virtual practica, please fill out this form and you’ll receive a Zoom link and passcode.

I will play my favorite music for one hour, so you can dance at home or simply enjoy listening, and I will make announcements about the restarting of in-person classes.

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Argentine Tango dancing. Marcelo Solis and Mimi.

Argentine Tango free virtual class on Friday, June 4 at 8 pm PST

Argentine Tango free virtual class on Friday, June 4 at 8 pm PST

Argentine Tango dancing. Marcelo Solis and Mimi.

Before starting with in-person classes, take advantage of a free Argentine Tango virtual class.

Learn basic exercises and drills. Get ready to live your life to the fullest.

Please fill up this form to receive the Zoom link and passcode:

This class will last 55 minutes and will be also streamed via my YouTube channel and on my social media platforms.

We are looking forward to sharing with you our knowledge and passion for Tango.

Learn to dance Argentine Tango

Marcelo Solis dancing Argentine Tango with Mimi at our virtual class.

Argentine Tango: What do you need to improve?

Argentine Tango: What do you need to improve?

Marcelo Solis dancing Argentine Tango with Mimi at our beginner class.

Everything good about Tango dancing is the result of practice.

Regular exercise of walking, change of weight, pause, pivots, turns, “paradas” (stops), “calecitas” (merry-go-round), and embellishments create the foundation of your freedom while dancing.
You don’t need a partner to practice.

Many essential elements of Argentine Tango require being practiced alone.

Another aspect needing your attention is musicality:

The way to improve your musicality is to engage in active listening to Tango music, knowing what you are listening to.

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The following tips apply either for individual practice as well as practicing with your partner:

1- Improve your walking:

You can always improve your walking.
Start your practice always by walking. You have four speeds for your walk: regular, fast, slow, and very slow.
  • Start with slow, taking 4 counts for each step.

  • Then practice regular speed, stepping on each downbeat.

  • For fast walking practice what is called “corrida”, walking to a quick-quick-slow rhythmic pattern, or down-up-down.

Tango challenges you to make your walk -and your entire life- a work of Art.

More walking exercises…

2- Change of weight:

Change of weight is a variation of walking.
It happens in the same place, without displacement.

Do at least one change of weight when you initiate your dance.

Do not make too many.
 
Here you can find some exercises to practice and improve your change of weight:


Make them with a calm attitude, and while dancing with your partner, this element should give a sense of calm to your partner.

More change of weight exercises…

3- Pauses:

Pauses are among the most important elements of Tango.

When you practice your elements, search for opportunities for pauses.

As examples: 
  • You can make a pause when you do a salida to de side, also called “salida in 2”.

  • You can make a pause in position 3:

  • After change of direction:

4- Pivots:

  • To practice pivots, you can start with bar exercises.

  • If you do not have a bar, use a chair, preferably with a tall back, helping yourself placing your hands on the back of the chair to practice forward and backward ochos.

  • Then, challenge yourself to practice ochos without the help of the bar or chair.

Practice forward and backward ochos with displacements and without displacement.

5- Turns:

  • The best exercises to improve your turns are chair exercises:

  • and 1-2-3 exercises.

Practice all exercises in both directions of turning: clockwise and counterclockwise directions.

  • Practice chair exercises but without the chair.

  • Other elements used in turns are “rulo”:

  • and “enrosques”:

6- “Paradas” (stops):

Another very important skill to develop to dance Argentine Tango is the control of your inertia and the couple’s inertia.

A great way to work on this skill is to propose yourself to be able to stop at any movement from the 1 to 5 already listed.

  • A classical example of stops is the “sanguchito” or “mordida”:

7- “Calecita”:

This element requires that the follower aligns her axis on the top of one of her feet, allowing the leader to pivot her continuously on one direction.

  • See an example:

8- Embellishments:

A good foundation in your dance makes it beautiful.

Think about embellishments as a natural projection of your good technique, not as a kind of plug-ins movement.

If your walk is deficient, no matter what extra moves you add to your walk, it won’t look good.

Embellishments should arise seamlessly from the work you do on your dance.

  • “Cepillo” (brush):

  • “Rulos” (circles):

  • “Cross and go”:

9- Musicality:

The way to improve your musicality is by engaging in active listening to Argentine Tango music.

Every day we publish a song on our blog.

Subscribe to our blog to receive your daily song…

Osvaldo Pugliese, Argentine Tango orchestra.

Keep in mind:

Practice regularly and consciously, taking care that the practice provides nice sensations of joy to you.

By doing so, you are making yourself generous in extending this joy to your partners and the other dancers that share with you the dance floors of the classes and milongas.

That’s not all:

Dancing shouldn’t be your biggest challenge.

It should rather be the time of amusement, of creativity and exploration of yourself, socializing, relaxing, and releasing stress in a calm and friendly atmosphere.

However, in other to be able to dance with such sensation of freedom and confidence, you will need to expose yourself to a challenge that is greater than dancing Tango, and that is the class and practice.

Also:

  • Take care of yourself, with stretching and regular exercising.
  • Healthy habits of eating and sleep will positively influence your dance.

In sum:

Dancing Argentine Tango presents itself as a way for you to organize your life towards empowering yourself, helping you to achieve your life’s goals, and even provides you with such goals:

To make life beautiful.

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About virtual Argentine Tango classes and private lessons

About virtual Argentine Tango classes and private lessons

Virtual classes are a powerful aid to the improvement of your dance, having always in mind the ultimate goal of dancing embraced.

Marcelo Solis teaching Argentine Tango virtual classes online

In virtual classes, we are able to observe in detail our students dancing, and count on it as a magnificent tool to organize the presentation of our knowledge to them.

Even though what is unique to Tango are its in-person aspects, successful teaching methods will always require:

  • Visual presentation.
  • Clear explanation.
  • Meticulous observation.
  • Distanced objectiveness.

These elements are amplified in the case of virtual classroom technology.

Marcelo Solis Argentine Tango with Sofia Pellicciaro

We strongly advise you not to miss this opportunity.

Virtual classes help you to understand things differently, making you pay attention to aspects often passed on at the in-person classes, and facilitating you to make your communications more clear and efficient. 

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Here we want to share with you what we consider important for you in the process of virtual Argentine Tango instruction:

For students:

  • Be open-minded.

    Take advantage of what only virtual classes can offer to you.
     
    For instance, since your teacher cannot dance with you or physically move you, he or she will break down the movements into its most elemental constituents, helping you to fully understand what movements and how to execute them, in a way that will provide you with the opportunity to practice the move in a “timeless” and “spaceless” fashion, a more thoughtful way, and eventually a more aware way.
  • Let experience teach you.

    Since this is going to be a novel way to learn Argentine Tango, you will find on your path problems that will be only resolved with later corrections.
     
    For instance, your floor may not be the best for dancing Tango, or your furniture gets in your way, or your internet connection is too slow.
     
    All these are problems that get fixed much more easily than fixing your Tango. Go ahead and move your furniture, look at hardware stores online for plastic tiles that you can put over your carpet, call your internet provider.
     
    At each class you will get a better set up for your learning environment. And since we are a community, please share your questions regarding solutions to these challenges. I like to ask my students how they are fixing their particular problems, so I may be in the possession of an answer for you already.
  • Pay attention.

    Avoid distractions. If you are not alone at home, let your relatives and spouses know that you’ll be “away” for one hour.
     
    Even though you are physically at home, you are virtually at your Tango class. This “virtuality” is very real. You need to be fully engaged in your class. You won’t be able to be in two places simultaneously.
     
    Even if it is your living room or garage, it is the classroom for the duration of the lesson.
  • Ask questions.

    Do not hesitate. Your instructors need constant feedback to know that the communication is effective.
     
    Let them know you did not understand something, or you could not see it, or whatever passes your mind that is related to what is worked on during the class.
     
    Your teacher has modified his/her teaching style to the online channel, so you need to change your usual learning actitudes. Even technical questions related to the technology used for the class are admissible questions.

For teachers:

  • Plan your class.

    You will need to adapt your teaching style to the TV or computer screen’s two dimensional space.
     
    Keep in mind that your student needs to see you all the time. That is why turns are particularly challenging to teach in the virtual class set up, but not impossible.
     
    My solution to this problem is to segment the turns in its constituents, in order to keep training a fundamental element of Tango, avoiding making students having to look at the screen while they turn away.
  • Have the right tools.

    Supply yourself with a good camera and a good microphone. Since your communications will be exclusively visual and auditory, you need the best tools that you can provide yourself.

    I’ve been using a mini iPad for the camera and a wireless microphone. I like to show the moves having students behind me, so I am doing the with the camera at my back, so the microphone has been essential to make the sound clear even while I am talking looking away fro the camera.

    Although I have to say the iPad and Zoom (the video conference system that we use) are very sensitive in picking up the sound waves.

  • Have good lighting.

    I am using all the lights of my home studio pointed at me, and added an extra lamp with a styrofoam board to reflect light on my face when I get close to the camera.

  • Use screen sharing to play your music.

    This will make your students hear to the music you choose for your class with much better sound quality than if you make it stream from your microphone.

  • Keeping things in order.

    Use the waiting room feature and close the admission at ten minutes into the class to avoid interruptions.

    You can also have an assistant to work as admin. That is my case but it may not be yours.

Here are some examples of what we have been working in our virtual classes:




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Argentine Tango classes for beginners: When is the new series starting?

Argentine Tango classes for beginners: When is the new series starting?

To request information about starting dates for our 4-week introductory program for new students, contact us at marcelo@escuelatangoba.com, call or text at 415-412-1866.

Do to current situation, these are virtual classes only.

  • You’ll receive a link and a password for your classes after registering.
4-week introductory program for one $60 Purchase and register 25% off
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  • After purchasing our classes, please contact us to be registered in our next 4-week series.

Argentine Tango Masters Miranda Lindelow and Marcelo Solis

We share with you our own experience, knowledge, and passion for Tango.

We would also like to hear about what brought you to Tango.
 
In these classes you will learn:
  1. How to use your body efficiently with good posture.
  2. How to listen and move to Tango music.
  3. Basic elements of the dance, footwork, and technique.
  4. How to maintain a good connection with your dance partner that facilitates moving together.
  5. A sequence of steps that you can use to start dancing Argentine Tango. 
We provide you with resources to aid your learning process: music, videos, and articles with information about Argentine Tango. 

Do you have questions? Let us know.

We firmly believe that there is no better way to spend our time than dancing Tango.

We invite you to find out why…

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Do you already dance Tango and want to improve?

We also teach intermediate students.

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Marcelo Solis dancing Argentine Tango with Sofia

Private lessons

Virtual lessons available

In private lessons, our goal is to share with you the powerful beauty of Tango:

  • Good, relaxed posture.
  • Awareness about your body, space, and partner.
  • Musicality.
  • Footwork and technique.
  • Basic Argentine Tango patterns.
  • More complex patterns and combinations.

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