Marcelo Solis and Mimi Mehaouchi dancing Argentine Tango at a class.

Argentine Tango class on walking: fundamentals

Argentine Tango class on walking: fundamentals

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

  1. Let’s begin walking slow. We will count four beats, and in each beat “one” of these four-counts, we will take a step. Change of weight. Same thing going back. Again changing weight. One more time…

2. Now let’s walk at regular speed. It will be every two beats. If I count four I will be stepping in beats one and three but to simplify I will count two beats. Change weight, and again: one, two, one… For this pace, I normally use the word “Tango”…

3. Another rhythmic pace for your walk is the “corrida”. We can use the expression “quick-quick-slow”, or “down-up-down, or we can say one-and-two. Start with your left going forward, and with your right going backward. Then start with your other leg. Try one more time…

4. We can also walk slower than in four counts. Let’s try using these four speeds of walking.

5. On the line of dance, we will practice walking in front and outside’s partner and use these four speeds: slow, regular speed, fast (that is quick-quick-slow), and the very slow speed of walking.

6. Another possibility of walking in Tango is the crossed system. The crossed system is essentially a backward ocho. We will exit the crossed system walk with a salida cruzada.

7. Now we can add the corrida. It will be in front of your partner, and you must start it with the leader’s left foot, the follower’s right foot. Do not start right away with a corrida. Make two steps before.

8. Our next walk is to walk on the closed side of the embrace. We need to do it in the crossed system. We can start with a backward ocho. In the second half backward ocho, I place myself on the right side of the couple. If we walk in the direction of the line of dance, the follower will be position on the inside of the dance floor. Let’s try combining it with the other elements too.

9. A good way to exit the crossed system walking on the closed side of the embrace is to do a sacada before the backward ocho.

10. When walking on the closed side of the embrace, a difficulty could be that your partner gets too much in front of you and you cannot walk. In order to avoid that we will place our partner on our left side.

11. From the sacada to backward ocho, we can continue into a clockwise direction turn.

12. The main difficulty in this element appears after the leader does back-side-forward, when the follower is in the forward step position too. The following movement requires a lot of pivot. In order to make this pivot effortlessly, face the follower with your torso. The resulting torsion will work as a spring or rubber band, helping you to make the pivot and the sacada.

13. Let’s recap all the ideas we have been working on in this class: walking in front of your partner, walking outside partner at a slow pace, crossed system walking, backward ocho, salida cruzada, crossed system walking on the closed side of the embrace, sacada, clockwise direction turn, and corrida.

14. Let’s dance!

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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 provide you with such goals:

To make life beautiful.


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Marcelo Solis & Mimi dancing milonga at a their Argentine Tango class.

Argentine Tango class on milonga: fundamentals

Argentine Tango class on milonga: fundamentals








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Everything that is good in Tango dancing is the result of practice.
Regular exercise of walking, change of weight, pauses, pivots, turns, paradas (stops) and embellishments creates the foundation of your freedom while dancing.

Another aspect of practice is musicality.

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

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Argentine Tango class on milonga: Introduction.

Argentine Tango class on milonga: Introduction.






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Do you need to practice in Argentine Tango?

What is your goal? In Tango, 

and in Life? 

What constitutes my freedom is a measure of self-reliance. 

I am a machine. 

How do you keep a machine running smoothly? 

You must take care of it. 

We are complex machines that require attention to a great number of details, in different levels and elements. 

I know: it is overwhelming. 

However, I follow American philosophy professor Rick Roderick‘s advice: “embrace complexity”. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1O1EmjzusSw

One time the machine that underlies myself is functioning well, then I can be free and be able to go beyond that subtract. 

I am able to create.


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Marcelo Solis dancing Argentine Tango with Mimi

Looking for tips about learning Argentine Tango dance?

Looking for tips about learning Argentine Tango dance?

Marcelo Solis dancing Argentine Tango with Mimi

From absolute beginner to a great milonguero/a Tango dancer.

Because you have realized the value of Tango, namely that Tango is highly important to you, I am offering here a guide into your Tango journey.

You’ll become more yourself within a community. 

Our human nature makes us social beings: we cannot survive in isolation, hence, success is possible for an individual only with the support of one’s peers.
 
That is to say: you learn to dance Tango not only because of your personal taste and choice. There is also a group of people who share your affinity for Tango, and even you will not agree (and you do not need to agree) with everyone in matters of taste and choices, your success regarding Tango will be always tied to how you relate to those other dancers.
 
Even if you never dance with most of them, you will still be sharing the same dance floor and seats around it at the same milonga.

Not everybody has the same sensitivity.

If you are willing to take the challenge, as a great milonguero/a does: aim for the highest, most beautiful, most poetic, and most sublime.

For me, that is Tango.

With such people, I feel at home, and that is my environment.
That is what I would like to share with you.
My reason for doing so is that my goal is always to become a better dancer, and by inviting and challenging you to have the same goal, I count on you to challenge me in the same way.

We mutually challenge each other to become better dancers.

This is not going to make us rivals or enemies. On the contrary: we will develop a deep friendship.
 
I won’t be distant (like on a stage). I will be approachable. I will dance with you or next to you on the same dance floor. I may have more experience than you, but it may turn out that you are more talented. However, on the dance floor of a milonga, we are equals in essence.
The goal of becaming better dancers cannot be quantified.
How do you quantitatively express a good example of a human being?
How do you quantify excellence or the admiration that someone awakens in you?
It is easy to get confused in a world that values quantification the way our civilization does.
For instance, does the number of members in my Facebook group express the level of my dance?
I could set a goal to end the year with over 2,000 members.
That is really easy to do. By the end of this year, I will achieve this goal. Will that make me a better human being?
 
Let’s make a thought experiment (you now know I like them):
An alien comes to our planet and meets with several people. He meets an industrialist called Henry Rearden, a writer and poet called Oliverio Girondo, Gordon Gekko (a banker), Doug McKenzie (a garbage collector), a nurse called Ratched… etc. and a milonguero called Blas Catrenau…
 
What this alien will immediately perceive is the egalitarianism and spontaneity of the milonguero, who approaches him the same way he approaches everyone.
 
He will be surprised he even hugs him as a greeting.
 
Another aspect is the way the milonguero moves, his expressions, the way he walks: he seems easily in control of himself.
 
His words are sometimes a little cryptic. He speaks assuming that the alien understands what he is talking about.
 
However, he speaks with such comfortable self-confidence that the alien cannot avoid agreeing with Blas, even he does not know what Blas is talking about.
 
For Blas, and for any milonguero in general, it does not matter the way you look, your degrees, your wealth, or your job. If he has something to say about you, he would say it only if you ask his opinion, and only in regard to your dance.
 
Now you can continue on your own with this experiment.
 
Imagine any other characters (anyone you want to include) and let me know how you see the alien’s experience meeting them. You can write it here:

Back on Earth, once you’ve made up your mind and accepted that there is no better way to spend your time in life than making it a work of art and that in this endeavor you won’t find anything that makes more sense than dancing Tango, hence, becoming a great dancer (a realization that can take you a period of time ranging from one day to many years), then, the following advice may help you:
  • 1. Be disciplined, regular, and committed to your study of Tango. While dancing Tango is amusing, it is also different from other ways to amuse yourself. Choose these unique characteristics of Tango to be the main core of your dedication to learning it. Steps, choreographic patterns, socializing, close proximity to partners, are all aspects that Tango has in common with other dances and other kinds of activities. On the other hand, its music is unique; and, also, unique is the approach that milongueros have in relation to Tango: for them, Tango is not a “way of life”, but “Life” itself. 

  • 2. If Tango is life, then your Tango teacher is a life-coach. He or she is teaching you how to live Tango. Your relationship between you and your teacher is based on trust, mutual understanding, sympathy, and patience. Tango makes both of you meet at a very humane level, where both need to accept their own limitations and flaws, as well as good qualities. The potential for improvement of Tango is infinite. In the face of such a wide-open horizon, both student and teacher are students of Tango. Your teacher is your guide through Tango, but also your road companion. Choose carefully.
  • 3. Tango is a world. Your Tango teacher is a bridge to it. Allow yourself to know that world, its inhabitants, its culture. A Tango teacher who is doing a good job will have different levels of approximation to your definitive contact with Tango and, eventually, living-breathing-existing-embodying Tango. The first pool in your “decanting” to Tango will be your teacher’s inner group of students. Not anyone who shows up to class, but those who show up in class regularly, and are noticeably there to learn about Tango. Be perceptive of this difference. Then, your teacher with or without this inner group will take you to your first local milongas. New questions will arise there, that you will need to discuss with your teacher. Eventually, you will visit Buenos Aires. You must trust your teacher with this. He or she, if authentic, is your most reliable connection to Tango in Buenos Aires.

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Argentine Tango 4-week introductory program is starting on…

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Next series starting on January 8, 2021 and every consecutive Friday at  7 pm (Pacific time).

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Argentine Tango Masters Miranda Lindelow and Marcelo Solis

In our introductory course, 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. 
 

We are always open to your questions.

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

During private lessons we focus on:
  • Good, relaxed posture.
  • Awareness about your body, space, and partner.
  • Musicality.
  • Footwork and technique.
  • Basic Argentine Tango patterns.
  • More complex patterns and combinations.

Lessons are 50 minutes long and will be booked after payment is received.

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Neither group classes nor private lessons alone will make you a good dancer.

You need both.

  • If you take only private lessons, you make Tango a private relationship with your maestro, which is not enough to learn what is Tango.
  • If you only take group classes, you are not going to get deep enough into the fine details of Tango to make you a good dancer.
To dance Tango you must be a good dancer.

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