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Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Tango Psychologist

HAPPY EASTER!

THERE WILL BE NO EASTER SUNDAY OR EASTER MONDAY CLASS.

PRIVATES RESUME AS USUAL ON TUES.

 We will kick off the Sunday classes again on May 1st....

Hope to see you then!



Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Federico and Ines - coming to the NZ Tango Festival

Beautiful Musicality

These two young dancers will be teaching at the festival.  Check out this performance they did at La Viruta in BsAs... gorgeous!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Tango Styles

Tango Styles
Some people might find that talking about styles of Tango is a bit of a controversial subject. Whilst some tangueros will happily say they dance in a certain style, others like to say that the only Tango style there is is Tango. So, we will let you make your mind up with this and digest of some of the various flavours of Tango.  These are in chronological order! 
Canyengue
The Tango Cayengue is the earliest form of Tango. It is danced "bien pegado" (glued to each other) and very much into the ground. Definitely a fun style to try and not many teachers left to continue on the legacy.
Milonguero
The Tango Milonguero is characterised by a close embrace with the two partners leaning slightly towards each other. This posture reflects the limited space available on the crowded floor. It is the style you will come across in the busy Milongas of Buenos Aires.
Salon
The Tango Salon is one of the most popular. It is danced in a flexible sliding  embrace, staying close and opening as and when required. This is arguably the style taught and danced most widely around the world and if you were to rock up to a milonga in St Petersburg, Copenhagen, Sydney, Hong Kong, Auckland, Oslo, London... you get the picture? 
Escenario
The Tango Escenario - sometimes also called Tango for Export - is what you are likely to see in a stage show. It is characterised by an open embrace, flamboyent move with large sweeps and numerous ganchos, and foreign choreographic elements (often from ballet).
Nuevo
As Tango music keeps evolving, so does the dance. The nuevo style is characterised by a very flexible, elastic embrace, (changing between open and closed) counteracting movements and out-of-axis steps (colgadas and volcadas for example).  Nuevo though is a particularly tricky subject.  Tango masters like Gustavo Naviera and Fabian Salas for example would say that Nuevo is a period of time not a style of dance.  Anything after the 1980s in terms of composition and dance is nuevo.  Astor Pizzolla opitomises the nuevo style of composition.
My friend Klaus leading a dangerous nuevo move!

         

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

New Monday Class start time

Below is a link for a tango in a very small place we all know so well... your morning ritual will never be the same.

But first,

MONDAY CLASSES
NEW START TIME
6.30pm at St John's Hall
$15
All welcome, please note this class has progressed ..... 
we are doing giros at the moment so feel free to come along and brush up on your circles.

SUNDAY CLASS
This Sunday
4.30 start at St John's Hall

have fun and enjoy the following

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Celia Gonzalez and Somar Surgit

Elegant

Celia and Somar will be teaching at the NZ Tango Festival and providing an Immersion Course before the festival... that't where I will be !


I love they way they make it look so relaxed...ummmm