How to find the Tango lesson perfectly right for you
Looking for a Tango lesson you may ask yourself which is the right level for you. You certainly don´t want the Tango course to be boring, not learning anything new or even worse a class on a level which is so overwhelming you become totally frustrated
Actually for many dancers it´s not so easy to estimate their own level of dancing.
Especially in Argentine Tango it is not important how many different sequences of steps you have memorized. Important however is the quality of your movement.
A classification by memorized sequences of steps which you can dance more or less well, like in ballroon dancing, is difficult and not even desirable in Argentine Tango.
So I want to give you a little help to estimate your level of Tango dancing. Thus you can choose those Tango classes at La Rogaia which give you the best learning experience and of course the most fun.
Tango Lesson: Beginners
That one is easy. You never danced Tango before? Everything clear, isn´t it?
By the way, this applies also if you have been already dancing Ballroom Tango.
Ballroom Tango and Argentine Tango are completely different dances.
That means you should consider yourself a complete beginner in Argentine Tango if you have exclusively experience in Ballroom Tango.
Tango Lesson: Beginners with basic knowledge/ Improvers
You should be able to walk right to the rhythm of the music.
Right posture, a feeling for your own axis and the contact with your partner in open and close embrace shouldn´t be completely unknown to you.
Preferably you have already about six months of dancing experience.
Tango Lesson: Intermediate
Intermediate level is right for you if you know and can apply the basic concepts for improvers.
Additionally you should have a minimum knowledge of the following elements:
The Cross of the Lady, Ochos, Molineta, walking in Parallel system and Cross system.
That doesn´t mean however you have to be able to master all this perfectly…
It shouldn´t be complete news for you that Tango has to do with music and that you can and should move in harmony with the other couples on the dance floor.
For most people it takes about a year to learn this.
Tango Lesson: Advanced Level
You should be able to dance well everything described above.
Additionally you should be able to dance Milonga and Vals.
Ocho Cortado, Barrida, Saccada, Gancho and Corte for you shouldn´t be words of a foreign language anymore.
You should already have in your repertoire the following skills:
Walking elegantly to the music, playing whith rhythm and pause, navigating on the dance floor without provoking collisions…
Normally you need at least three years of dancing experience for this.
If you have a professional dance education, posess a good body awareness and if dancing is part of your daily routine this step can take less time.
Tango Lesson: Master Class
Requirement for this is everything mentioned above.
Additionally you should be able to dance Boleos, Lapiz/ Enrosques, Volcadas, Colgadas, more demanding Ganchos and Sacadas.
You should be aware of the different rhythmical structures in Argentine Tango.
Normally this takes at least five years of dancing experience.
One important point: What do I mean with „Dancing experience“
To say it very clearly, you don´t get dancing experience if you enjoy yourself going to a Tango ball merely three or four times a year (Not even if you do this for ten years or longer).
You get dancing experience when you attend regularly (at least once a week) a Practica or a Milonga and dance there intensely.
Many movements in Tango you learn only if you practice them repeatedly for a longer time.
“To practice” in Argentine Tango in first line means to practice under “real life conditions” on the dance floor.
To learn a certain movement or a “figure” in a Tango lesson is only the very first step and quickly forgotten if you don´t practice regularly in a Milonga.
Yet if you do put in some effort you will be richly rewarded by all the beautiful things Argentine Tango will give you…
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