Argentine Tango - Developing Skills
Weekly Saturday Class 3:00-5:00pm
Starting January 2018
First Hour - Connection and Partnership
(suitable for Beginners required for all second hour students)
Tango is a dance of connection but learning to connect is possilby more difficult than one might imagine. It is necessary to find a state of calm, but ever-present focus, aware and sensitive. An appreciation for subtle changes is how the dance develops. The desire for improvisation can evolve early with the realization of the possibilities emerging from connection. Advancement is achieved through the development of dissociative skills.
Fees: $15 Students are welcome to sit and quietly watch the second hour
Second Hour - Complexity through Dissociation
(suitable for experienced social dancers and accomplished students)
Dissociation is achieved from a sound basis in connection, but what exactly is dissociation as it relates to Argentine Tango?
Each dancer gradually develops strong personal skills in the separation of active and passive movements of their body: Creating tension in muscles that are performing the action, establishing a frame and holding a balanced position, possibly rotating in a pivot, while allowing the unused leg to 'trail' without tension.
In partnership, dissociation extends through the connection. Each lead affects the follower, who allows her body to respond. Energy passes between the dancers fluidly. The complex chain reaction of the leaders compounding movements generates a series of actions through the follower that move not ony her axis, but extends into the use of her dissociative skills by applying twists and arrests. Each action may eventually be dispelled through the trailing leg with exciting whips, wraps and dramatic sweeps.
Fees: $20 Students are required to attend the first hour
LOCATION: Ballroom Dance Supply
4850 Harwood Road,
San Jose, CA 95124
Fundamentals are FUN
July 2 thru August 27, 2016 -- Saturdays 3:00-4:30pm -- at BDS
All tango is created from walking which sounds simple but the opportunities for complications are limitless. The Fundamentals program is designed to develop and explore a variety of linear and circular moves, transitions and changes in direction. This creative class will accommodate students just starting out as well as students who have taken the basics before.
How to invite or accept a dance opportunity
Optional embraces for different shapes and sizes
Walking forwards or backwards with intention!.... with someone in front of you
Balance and posture
Creating turns and circles from a center point
Working together in a partnership
Switch Roles: If you are accomplished at one role this class would be a great choice if you want to understand how the other side operates
Brush Up: Great refresher course for dancers of all levels
LOCATION: Ballroom Dance Supply
4850 Harwood Road,
San Jose, CA 95124
Tango Fantástico announces New West Side Location
OUR APOLOGIES - THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED
A Splash of Tango is to introduce the new studio and review its viability as a permanent class location
Razi Academy of Music and Arts
4125 Blackford Avenue, #145
San Jose, CA 95117
Introductory Program: April 14th through May 5th, 2016
The Tango foundation must be strong to support the structure of the dance. If you are a little sketchy on the basics your dance may be lacking in flourish. In Tango Fundamentals we develop skills from which to build an increasingly interesting dance.
A professional dances with ease because they have acquired the skills to make it appear effortless.
Level: Suitable for novices, beginners, rusty and addicted dancers
Innovation and Creativity
Starting with a simple pattern we will increase the complexity through the continuous addition of dissociation. The focus is to develop specific skills in the dance while introducing a sound method for dancers to continuously pursue more challenging transitions and combinations.
Re-invention, always somewhat familiar and yet distinctly different.
Level: Proficient dancers keen to improve in every way
SPRING 2016 Weekly Group Class: Progressive
Location: Ballroom Dance Supply
4850 Harwood Road
San Jose, CA 95124
Beginners: 3:00-4:00pm (approx)
Novices and Beginners are encouraged to attend the first hour as participating students, enjoy moving with more experienced dancers and making new acquaintances while acquiring a solid foundation.
In the second half students will be building on the foundational portion of the class, pursuing a higher skill set by exploring and studying ever increasing dissociative concepts.
On the cutting edge: Tango Fantástico is attributed with introducing innovative instructional and educational ideas to the San Francisco Bay Area tango community.
--History of Tango Fantástico Class Structure--
Starting in 2016 Tango Fantástico is introducing a new class format that encapsulates the current situation, the need for students to integrate and excel in a friendly environment conducive to learning.
…..and I thought to myself, how about a two hour session of ever increasing technical difficulty, providing every dancer an opportunity to push their individual skills to achieve their personal best: A single two hour class of continuous education in Argentine Tango. As the name suggests, the format will be one of progressive training, steadily increasing dissociative skills. The concept is one of continuous education: Incorporating new students with experienced dancers but providing the opportunity for each to achieve progressively more challenging skills through exposure to increasing complexities of the dance.
Novices and Beginners are encouraged to attend the first hour as participating students, enjoy moving with more experienced dancers and making new acquaintances while acquiring a solid foundation. In addition, all beginners are invited to watch the second hour to see how a fundamental move they have learned is applied in more complex situations. All classes will start with a few drills and exercises to focus the mind and prepare the body for dance. Fundamental moves will be studied to provide a foundation from which the more complex aspects will be explored.
All students are required to start at the beginning of the Progressive class. Elements of the first hour will determine a student’s technical acuity and suitability to continue into the more advanced portion. At approximately the one hour mark the teacher will ask the less technically skilled dancers to leave the floor. Those remaining will be attempting what at first may seem impossible, such is the motivation to acquire a higher skill set. Reward is found in personal achievement.
…….progress will be made!
Class Fee structure: The fundamental portion of the class carries a reduced cost of $10.00*. The full Progressive class is $20.00*. Everyone stays for the first hour. From then on I may ask a student to withdraw based on the technical skill set they have demonstrated. This should not be construed as a criticism or personal attack. It is merely a precautionary step to protect the welfare of students with a higher skill set. A lack of technical skills is where injuries can occur. The technically untrained dancer cannot perceive the potential for inuring their partner, but I can distinguish these elements and make decisions that will keep everyone challenged at their technical level of excellence.
*Prices subject to change – eventually.
All group tango classes are focused on building skills not steps!
FASTTRACK for Beginners
The FASTTRACK... A 12 week intensive curriculum in Fundamentals for beginners. Enjoy this focused, steady growth curriculum to prepare them for the Tango social scene.
Each week learn new skills and applications, and add them to moves from prior weeks - build a vocabulary of steps to use in multiple combinations. Success comes from dedication and practice. Start at the beginning and stay the course.
INTERMEDIO for Continuing Dancers
Intermedio provides increasing challenges building on a strong foundation. Individual achievement varies but 6 months to1 year of continuous training in fundamentals should achieve the technical proficiency necessary for this class. Expand your tango vocabulary and work on transitions as this class introduces more complex moves: Sacada, Parada, Barrida, Boleo, Gancho and Enrosque... and more!
TANGO SEDUCCION for Beginners & Returning Students
An intensive workshop style class in Fundamentals for beginners and returning dancers. Classes are continuous (not a series) and designed to train students to achieve fluid movement, core control, axis, balance, frame and dissociation, through intention and invitation.
TANGO APASIONADO for Continuing Dancers
Enjoy a focused intermediate workshop that introduces new moves and incorporates them into familiar sequences. Filled with information Tango Apasionado cultivates immediate results. A thorough knowledge of Fundamentals is required as intermediate movements can only be successfully achieved from a solid foundation.