Level Description

ALL LEVELS

Classes, workshops or activities flag as such do not require any previous knowledge or level of expertise to participate.

BEGINNERS

The entry level for all those new to tango that want to experience their first steps in the dance. The main goal is to teach students to understand and experience first-hand important concepts such as weight changes, walking, embrace and leading and follower roles. These aspects are developed through the teaching of a series of simple tango moves. Permanent reviewing and refreshing is a fundamental component part of our teaching method.

Level 1A introduces the initial concepts of tango posture, walking for leaders and followers, weight changes, pivots and partners connection in the open embrace. Concept of walking the tango in parallel system is also introduced. Tango figures taught focus in the parallel system and aim to consolidate the technical aspects of the dance at this level: rock step, partnering walking on sync with the music, 6-count step basic box, forward ocho and left-turning check step. The concept of the close embrace connection is also introduce in this course module.

Level 1B: introduces for the first time the concept of walking the tango in the cross system and how to navigate from the parallel into the cross system and back. Tango figures taught at this level includes amongst others:  backaward ochos, “ocho cortado”(half figure of eight) and medio giros (half-turns).

Beginners syllabus (L1 and L2) is to be completed in 10 lessons total. Students must complete this course to be allowed to progress to Intermediate Level. If you can not complete the course or you do not feel reasonably confident to go to the next level up, we advise to either: a) complete your Beginner course first; b)  to consider private lesson/s to catch-up or improve your dancing skills quicker; c) to take more group Beginner lessons until you can build up your confidence and ability for entry into the Intermediate level.

INTERMEDIATE COURSE

The pre-requesite for accesing the Intermediate level is completion of Beginners Levels 1A and B (10 lessons). It is expected that students ready to start the Intermediate Level course are able to demonstrate basic technical ability in their roles as leaders or followers.

The Intermediate course focus in crosses, giros (turns), changes of direction and travelling turns along the line of dancing. In the Level 2A you will learn now how to lead and follow crosses either in the parallel or cross system. Other tango figures as “sandwiches” are also introduced. Level 2B focus in learning to turn in place (anticlockwise and clockwise), the use of pivots,  and travelling turns along the line of dancing (also both anticlockwise and clockwise).