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Tango BluesAugust 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015 -- Vals:  Cadencia & Crosses

Fun ways to incorporate the cross to accentuate the cadence of 3:4 timing; Using the cadencia movement (incomplete weight change on the up beat) to relieve the stress factor; Alternate ways to cross on the curve; Continuous expression within a theme.

Time:  3:00 - 4:30pm

Fees:  $20 per person

Location:  BDS, 4850 Harwood Road, San Jose


Saturday, August 22, 2015 -- Vals:  Timing & Cadencia

What does it mean when a leader is accused of dancing Tango to Vals?  To the accomplished dancer the interpretation of Vals rhythm is entirely different from Tango so there is an element missing if we find ourselves stepping exclusively on the stronger down beat in Vals.  Using an adaptation of familiar Tango moves Vals incorporates the unaccented upbeat(s).  To achieve this we must move quickly, lightly and rhythmically.


Saturday, August 15, 2015 -- Exploring the Dark Side (OSPL)

Getting creative with the slightly more challenging starting position outside-partner-left, sometimes referred to as ‘the dark side’. This workshop will provide alternative openings and opportunities to add interest. Shaping is a little more strenuous so consequently maintaining axis and connection demands greater focus. Involving sacadas, ochos, crosses and more.


Saturday, August 8, 2015 -- Parada for Improv'

Improvisation requires taking some risks. Paradas provide a plethora of opportunities to change your dance and be creative. This class is to encourage exploration but there is one catch: The golden rule (huh?)


Saturday, August 1, 2015 -- Barrida & Llevada

The glorious sensation of being swept off one's feet in a beautiful dance is epitomized in the literal 'sweep and lift' or barrida and llevada.  There are multiple elements of technique for both leader and follower to effect these sumptuous visual delights.

Tango - Captivating & Inspirational

Tango in Silouhettesilhouette6 The principal objective of Tango Fantástico is to promote the art and culture of Argentine Tango through instruction and demonstration.

Often described as the seductive dance of one body with four legs, Argentine Tango is an expressive dance that follows artistic lines which are both improvised and led.  The dancers become the music and the music is the dance.

The tango embrace is close, soft and warm. Complicated improvised patterns are executed with precision and elegance; the tangling and unraveling of intertwined legs, deliberate and poised.  The fluid movement of the dancers is captivating and unique - an improvised dance is never repeated.