Tango Argentino: beginners

Course Dates: 24/04/20 - 03/07/20
Time: 10:00 - 11:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

This course is about learning Tango Argentino's fundamentals to enable you to enter a salon for social dancing. Each term will both introduce and revisit the essential technique of walking in partnership, functional alignment in motion, different musical rhythms and the salon etiquette. Good general fitness and coordination is required.


What is the course about?

This course is about learning Tango Argentino's fundamentals. Each term will both introduce and revisit the essential technique of walking in partnership, functional alignment in motion, different musical rhythms and the social dancing etiquette.
As the group will inevitably be constituted of individuals at different levels and from different backgrounds, you will be encouraged to embrace the learning process in a supportive and co-operative atmosphere. This course is about Tango as a social dance!

What will we cover?

We will cover different elements of Tango Argentino vocabulary and technique including:

- Walking in cross and parallel systems with a partner
- Functional alignment and body awareness
- Using syncopation/double rhythm/s
- Footwork and embellishments for leaders and followers
- Disassociation of upper and lower body
- Connection with partner
- Dance improvisation
- Appreciation of various tango music styles (Tango, Vals, Milonga) and lyrics
- The embrace and the way it changes with each partner
- Leading and following (you are requested to explore both!)
- Sequences introducing basic and more complex material (for beginners or improvers)
- Tango steps (such as ochos, giros, sacadas, turns, sweeps, parada)
- Social etiquette for dancing in a Milonga (Tango hall).

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

(On successful completion of all three terms)
Lead or follow (or both!) your partner with confidence
Enter any Milonga (Tango hall) with poise
Recognize different tango music
Trust your improvisational skills whilst dancing.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a beginners dance class. Each term will cover the topics listed above with many different variations to keep you engaged and challenged. If needed the teacher may divide the group in to complete beginners and improvers (this is seldom necessary as the material presented already includes variations in complexity the students can choose from).
As part of the learning process you would need to be open to a dialogue with both the teacher and your partner/s. Discussions are welcomed and encouraged. You should be willing to empathize with each participant's learning process as well as your own.

A beginner’s dance class isn’t just for newcomers. In any beginner’s dance class there will be student’s from all types of backgrounds. We all have different learning techniques and paces. If your first class seems overwhelming and you can’t get it the first time, don’t worry: dance is heavily reliant on repetition so it will happen. We want you to learn and to have fun so just give it your best and keep coming back!

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Each class will start with a short warm-up to prepare the body, followed by various exercises on your own and in partnership. The emphasis is on developing improvisational skills to facilitate the leaders entering the Milonga's flow of dancing and to encourage followers to be prepared for (without anticipating) any movement. Set material will also be taught.
You will be encouraged to experience both roles for learning purposes and you could choose to learn a role different from your gender.

Some directed reading, listening and viewing. You might need to practice some of the exercises particularly if you need to improve your balance and co-ordination.

You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you
could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.

As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

If you have some general dance shoes, please bring them to the class. You do not need to buy Tango shoes prior to the course, however if you wish to buy them during, all the advice will be available.

No stilettos, sandals, platforms, boots or trainers. If you do not have appropriate shoes to the class, you will be
working in socks which is perfectly good for the class environment but not for other social occasions.

The main thing is that your clothes allow for the Tango movements to be practiced and allow the movement to be visible to the teacher, therefore easy to correct.

When attending Milongas you will need to pay for you own entrance and drinks.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Continue Tango Argentino next term. Beware Tango dancing can be very addictive, probably for a combination of its music and its sociable aspects. You may have to pack your Tango shoes wherever you will be travelling to as Tango dancing is very popular in many countries!


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

I have particularly enjoyed Tango Classes. The tutor is an encouraging and friendly teacher, her warm-up exercises and attention to the essential movements and rhythms have made learning very relaxed and enjoyable. Swapping roles of leader and follower becomes natural and we can appreciate the responsibility of each better. For anyone who might like to try this dance, these classes are a great place to start.”
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Review by Pauline / (Posted on 23/07/2018)
Exchanging leading and following roles allows me to get the other person's perspective and my own dancing role improves.

I love to be able to go to a tango class in my lunch hour - by the time it's evening I am too tired.
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Review by Debbie / (Posted on 03/07/2017)
Brilliant course - very well organised. I was worried that as a total beginner I would be dancing by myself, but everyone was so helpful, and Adriana is an excellent teacher.
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Review by Angelic / (Posted on 25/06/2017)
Adriana is a highly creative, knowledgeable and diverse tutor, who goes above and beyond the call of duty for her students: using an unusual holistic (mind and body) approach to teaching Tango that caters to each individual's needs and abilities.

Lots of fun and laughter amongst the committed learning, in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
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Review by Amanda / (Posted on 22/06/2017)
Tutor Biographies
Adriana Pegorer Tutor Website

Adriana Pegorer is an interdisciplinary dance artist from Italy. She trained extensively in Tango Argentino and started her teaching career in 1999, instructing in both leaders and followers roles to this day. Her approach is influenced by many somatic techniques, including Ideokinesis. She is one of the creators of Contact Tango, an innovative gender-fluid dance fusion of Tango Argentino and Contact Improvisation which has recently spread from Europe to Latin-America. The numerous screenings of her awards-winning dance film 'Double One' included the 6th Festival Internacional de Video Danca de Buenos Aires and the Combalache Festival (Argentina). Adriana was invited to share her research and teaching internationally and most notably to perform in 'Wallflowers and Femme Fatales' at the ‘TANGO! Dance the world around: global transformations of Latin American Culture’ conference at Harvard University in Boston. She recently started the MA Dance Anthropology at Roehampton University. You can find Adriana dancing at London's many tango halls: ask her for a dance!

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: DDP302

Fri, day, 24 Apr - 03 Jul '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £103.00
Concession: £79.00

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