Tango Workshops

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Occasionally Tango Fantástico hosts visiting Argentine stage celebrities, professional teachers and dancers for workshops and private classes.  Tango workshops usually designate an accomplishment level as the format of a workshop requires that students be able to comprehend verbal directions regarding position, movement and the partnership dynamics with a certain degree of proficiency.  Students who are properly qualified in a proficiency category will not detain the other students from advancing. 

Come join in the fun with authentic inspiration straight from Argentina - But come prepared, workshops are more intense and focused than regular weekly classes.  Professional teachers expect students to be motivated to experiment, work hard, and ask relevant questions. 

Remember, Argentine teachers may not be fluent in English and probably speak with an accent.

When we host visitors we will always provide some background information about their dancing careers.

Jorge Torres Returns

Jorge Torres & Maria Blanco

Jorge Torres

Returns to the Bay Area February 18 - 24, 2013
Workshops, Classes & Milonga Appearances

Tuesday February 19, 2013

2:00-5:00pm Private Classes - BDS, Campbell
7:00-8:30pm  All Levels - Dance Boulevard, San Jose
8:30-10:00pm Intermediate/Advanced - Dance Boulevard, San Jose

Thursday February 21, 2013

2:00-5:00pm Private Classes - La Pista, San Francisco
8:00-9:00pm Intermediate Class - Verdi Club, San Francisco
9:00-12:00am Verdi Club Milonga, San Francisco

Jorge  MariawebSaturday February 23, 2013

3:00-4:30pm  All Levels - Dance Boulevard, San Jose
4:30-6:00pm Intermediate - Dance Boulevard, San Jose

Sunday February 24, 2013

2:00-3:30pm  All Levels - La Pista, San Francisco
3:30-5:00pm - La Pista San Francisco
9:00-11:00pm  Alberto's Milonga, Mountain View

Tango Workshop Notes

We may designate a suggested dancer level in the workshop description.  If students are uncertain whether the material will be too complex for them, please scroll down for some help. In selecting the appropriate level of workshop please consider the length of time you have danced as well as your personal ability to lead or follow, successfully.

Beginner (not many members in this club!)

Realistically speaking, completing a six or eight week course in Argentine Tango does not elevate the student from the Beginner status! Six months of regular dancing is often still considered Beginner by the more accomplished. In selecting the appropriate level of workshop please consider the length of time you have danced as well as your personal ability to lead or follow, successfully.

Intermediate (almost everyone)

In general an Intermediate dancer is one who dances regularly and can successfully dance with multiple partners (consecutively, not concurrently) at social events. If you are not a regular social dancer but you have attended multiple classes that are considered to be at an intermediate level, you will be comfortable in all beginner/intermediate and intermediate level workshops.

Advanced (long-time devoteés)

An advanced dancer is one who has pursued tango on a higher level, studied with professional maestros and constantly challenges their ability to excel in the dance. It is not always the complexity of steps that makes a class advanced; it refers more to the skill level required of the student to execute the movements taught with exceptional technique, elegance and poise.

A Word –

If you feel that your skills are improving hour by hour during these workshops you may be inclined to challenge yourself to a workshop that is possibly slightly ahead of your skill set, but please be considerate of the more advanced students who will have specifically selected the more advanced designations and will (naturally) expect the students who share in that workshop to be of comparable ability...

‘Nuff said.

Saturday Workshop Winter/Spring 2017

Saturday Workshop

Weekly from 3:00-4:30+pm

Continuing program for dancers who have a reasonable understanding of Argentine Tango foundation:

The embrace, the posture, intention, linear movement, parallel and cross system, invitation and circular movement

Sue MartinSep

Recent topics:

  • Unusual Invasions - Sacadas by happenstance
  • By Hook or By Crook - Ganchos and enganches
  • Power Down - Pivoting skills for maximum rotation

All classes start with a few drills and exercises to focus the mind and prepare the body for dance.

Details on study topics are sent via newsletter to regular attendees.  Join the newsletter at class or request to be added through Contact Us.

$20 per person.  Class may run till 5:00pm if material is not completed

LOCATION:  Ballroom Dance Supply
4850 Harwood Road,
San Jose, CA 95124

Semi-Private Technical Tango Series

lilac shoeAn Intensive Course in Argentine Tango foundation designed to improve technique at every level.

Dates:  March 4/11:  March 18/25:  April 2/8   (total of six weeks in two week increments of commitment)

Time:  1:30-3:00pm

Level:  Suitable for all levels

Location:  BDS,  4850 Harwood Road, San Jose, CA 95124

Cost (Based on 6 participants)  $30 per person per week, prepaid each two weeks

Topics of Study:  Form, line, connection, intention, invitation, axis, balance, dissociation and partnership responsibilities.

 

Registration required - please use this inquiry form and request specific dates at time of registration: March 4/11: March 18/25: April 1/8

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Semi Private is for registered students only - sorry no Drop Ins

Class maximum of 6 which promises lots of personal attention and opportunities to ask questions

As always, we try to provide a gender balanced room.  Individuals welcome to register, couples should register together to avoid confusion