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Advanced Tango Classes

SUNDAYS 11am - 12:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: No Classes in July and August. We resume September 8th.

Advanced course challenges you into more elaborate exploration of more advanced tango elements. Each 8 weeks cycle is focused on introducing new intricate variation, investigating new possibilities and mastering combinations involving subject element originally introduced to you at pre-Advanced course

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What seems at first impossible when understood and practiced becomes a second nature

Advanced course challenges you into more elaborate exploration of more advanced tango elements. Each 8 weeks cycle is focused on introducing new intricate variation, investigating new possibilities and mastering combinations involving subject element originally introduced to you at pre-Advanced course.

There are 12 subjects

that we consider fairly essential and they keep rotating.

Please check the class schedule

to know when specific courses are starting.

ADVANCED COMBINATIONS with GANCHOS & ENGANCHOS

SEPTEMBER 8 - OCTOBER 27

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In exact translation gancho

means a hook. In tango the gancho is an element executed by flexing and swinging the free leg around … an obstacle. The leg ‘bends itself’ as it meets the obstacle during its trajectory of movement.

Traditional gancho can be executed either to the inside or outside of the partner's supporting leg, though modern technique also allow us to perform the gancho in the center between the partner's legs.

Engancho (Wrap)

is a very interesting Tango element as it can be added and danced in almost any situation – both stage and social, in crowded and very open spaces and they always look good.

In a wrap the leg of – usually - follower softly wraps around the leg of the leader. The most obvious wraps are executed from back ocho / low boleo sensation. Then we proceed into more wrapping/unwrapping possibilities.

Wrap is a very pleasant step as it doesn’t required neither visual nor actual impulse. Happens by torsions, correct feet placement and timely weight transfer. All this ‘nothing’ to generate amazingly sensual experience to emphasize music and mood of the dance.

ADVANCED STRUCTURE OF IMPROVISATION

NOVEMBER 2019 - JANUARY 2020
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in September 2019

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Leading through sensations

Advanced Structure of Improvisation is based on sensations. There is infinite amount of combinations of Tango and you can only memorize and master so many, but the amount of sensation is finite. Is not easy job to master all of them or find them in your body, but Tango is a work in progress, never ending project and the more you challenge your brain and your body the more you are able to understand and do.

Tango from within

After mastering the grammar and the vocabulary and the conjugations now we are entering the labyrinth of actual free speech, the shades of the words, the double meanings, the jokes, the sarcasm and the poetry. We are entering into real Tango improvisation with a lot of ajar doors for us to choose our path for this specific song, for this specific partner for this specific mood, for this specific music.

ADVANCED COMBINATIONS with FORWARD SACADAS

FEBRUARY - APRIL 2020
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in September 2019

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Beside visual effect

of displacement sacadas allow travelling of axis during giros and uses of the spaces normally unavailable for use as they are taken by one of the partners. Sacadas open tones of completely new possibilities.

What is the difference between entrada, sacada and gancho? Every time you hear this question it catches you by surprise and you think I shall know that, but why this question even includes this 3 elements together? It’s like comparing apples with oranges.

Entrada, sacada or gancho?

In truth though they have a lot in common. Gancho goes towards the standing leg so the free leg can hook around. Both entrada and sacada aim toward the free leg so it can be displaced. Entrada and sacada differ only by how deep free leg enters into the partner’s space. In other words entrada can be called a shallow sacada.

Sometimes both terms are used exchangeable. Entrada however doesn’t really disturb the path of the free leg. It’s almost like Leader’s leg takes over the Followers free leg position that she just left. It can be done Leader to Follower or Follower to Leader.

ADVANCED COMBINATIONS with BACK SACADAS

MAY - JUNE 2020
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in September 2019

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Back sacadas require all technique

normally necessary to perform regular displacement plus good understanding of torsions, pivots, timing and movement delay.

Torsions, pivots, overpivoting

We will work on torsions, pivots, overpivoting (without disturbing your partner axis and losing connection and balance, ability to walk while in overturn position plus other necessary elements so the back sacada can be freely introduced during improvised dance.

ADVANCED VARIATIONS with ENROSQUE, LAPIZ, PLANEO, CALECITA

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2020
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in September 2020

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Lapiz translates directly into pencil.

It's a circular motion of free leg, done with the toe or inside edge. Lapiz can be both a small adorno, that takes only one or two counts and is meant to fill the gap in dancing, and show off your speed, coordination and precision or it can be an actual tango figure. If that's the case the movement will take more time, and the arch created by the free foot will be larger, with a sweeping motion. This kind of lapiz is mostly performed by a Leader and it's literally looking like the Leader is sweeping the floor right before the lady's feet. Lapiz come in few different versions under different names. We can do a rulo (curl) or dibujo (drawing) - circular, or other small shapes drawn on the floor with he free foot..

Planeo

can be executed by either Leader or Follower. The moves are different though. The Follower is being pivoted by the Leader and so she needs first to be stopped mid stride with a slight downward lead and free leg left extended. Then the pivoting action happens. For a Leader - he is usually stepping forward with the free leg left behind to trail as he is pivoting himself and leading the Follower into the molinete around him.

Enrosque, from enroscar - to coil

or twist, goes even further in the difficultly level. The man is leading the Follower around him but he suspends his pivot for 2-3 steps of the Follower, so his lead torques him into corkscrew position, which he then releases to generate very sharp 'un-torqueing' action. Leader's free foot is not extended, but instead hooked or coiled behind or in front of the standing/supporting leg.

Calecita (carousel)

happens when one person who becomes a center of the turn is being pivoted by the other one waking around her either forward, back, sideways or in grapevine or molinete pattern. It is a fairly simple step but requires good understating of spatial relationship between Leader and Follower. If the Follower is the one walking around then the step becomes extremely difficult as on top of correctly judging the distance the leader needs to keep his balance on one foot all while continue transmitting the intension and leading the Follower into chosen pattern around him.

CADENCIA - ADVANCED ASPECTS

NOVEMBER 2020 - JANUARY 2021
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in September 2020

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Meaning of the term ‘Cadencia’

is often simplified and flatten by assigning it as name of one of the steps, specifically rock step. Cadencia tough has much broader meaning. In essence cadencia is a fancy word to describe the way of walking, interpreting and acting through specific music capturing its spirit through rhythm, pause, posture and style but also in more "metaphysical" sense - letting yourself go and flow, connecting with your inner self to improvise and create.

You know already, even if you might not be able to execute it perfectly, that Tango, Milonga and Vals vary in their cadencies. In Tango we strive to arrive on the beat, In Vals the beat falls on the transition period when the weight is split, In Milonga we are starting our movement from the beat. We still keep out rhythm and timing, but the accentuation of the beat is different.

Each orchestra requires different cadencia to capture the essence of their music.

Within Tango itself different orchestras are famous for their specific way of interpreting the music. There is a reason why D’Arienzo is called King of the rhythm, Di Sarli is being associated with more melodic approach, Pugliese is known for passionate music that we love to see in performances. And Biagi messes everyone up by playing strong and weak beats equally. Each orchestra requires different cadencia to capture the essence of their music.

ADVANCED COLGADAS

FEBRUARY - APRIL 2021
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in September 2020

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In exact translation ‘colgar’

means to hang. But it’s not just any hanging. We are not hanging on our partners, nor we are being hang by them. We (both of us) are hanging off of shared axes situation, be it position or movement..

The shared axes are created by both – Follower and Leader – sharing the on point of a dance floor as though it was the only available piece of earth that you can be standing on. By using leverage and mechanics of movement we hang outwards sharing the axis through proper distribution of weight.

Myestery of shared axes

The leader is using the leverage of his body weight to be able to hold the weight of Follower and sustain the common axes for duration of the chosen step. Colgadas can be used during the turn or in linear position, facing each other or in shadow position, in parallel or perpendicular body alignment, in open and (yes!) in close embrace.

ADVANCED VOLCADAS

MAY - JUNE 2021
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in September 2020

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Volcada does not require super hero mucles

In Volcada the Leader takes the Follower off the axis by creating Carpa (tent). During execution of Volcada, Leader supports the follower's weight by leveraging his own weight and not necessarily through his super hero muscles. The follower needs to keep her spine extended, with the free leg kept loose and relaxed so it can draw the shape on the floor.

Volcadas can travel!

Volcadas come in different shapes based on Leader’s creativity (and ability). V-shaped wedge, a big sweeping C usually ending with the cross, circle (caused by rotation of the couple with Follower’s being its center) and more.

Volcadas can travel! Either by transferring the weight from leg to leg leading from Volcada into the next one. Or by short drag.

ADVANCED BARRIDA & ARRASTRE

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2021
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in September 2021

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Barrida happens when the Leader...

Barrida happens when the Leader drags / sweeps / pushes Follower's foot. Arrastre is when the Follower foot is being magically pulled by the leader to make it look like she is sweeping him.

So how does the Follower know to leave her foot so you can sweep it? How to let her know? How to lead the sweeping action to your partner and let her sweep you?

Parada equals stop

The answers as usual are hidden in connection, lead/follow but also in the secret of PARADA (=stop). The stopping action can be executed at any time, with or without blocking the foot. In fact foot acts more like a visual prop, to make it look like a stop sign. Follower needs to know that the stop is happening without seeing your feet!

ADVANCED CADENAS

NOVEMBER 2021 - JANUARY 2022
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in September 2021

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Cadena means chain

In translation cadena means chain. And just like rings in chain loop into each other, the name cadena is assign to any step that can be repeated by looping not by definite beginning and end like the regular sequence does.

Cadenas will let move efortlessly around the floor

Cadenas will let you fly around the floor, get you out of the tight situation in the crowded Milonga or present yourself on the floor when there is not that many couples and there is space to shine.

Cadenas are fairly tricky to understand, but once you understand the concept and master the technique they are really handy to use.

ADVANCED ALTERATIONS

FEBRUARY - APRIL 2022
No classes:
TBA
TBA

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To cleverly breake the rules you first need to know them really well

The subject of alterations by its nature is as infinite as Tango. To alter means to modify, to change or cause to change in character or composition, typically in a comparatively small but significant way.

Typical alterations start with understanding changes of directions that usually happen through reversing forward and back crosses through repetition. Alteration let you change the direction directly from forward to back and from back to forward not only influencing the movement of follower but the whole couple.

Alterations show you truly understand structure of Tango

Alterations give you the ability to smoothly transition between patterns and create your own ones while smoothly floating around the floor. If you have problem improvising Alteration will help you understand how to start so you are free from eternal prison of Tango steps.

ADVANCED SEQUENCES with FRONT & BACK BOLEOS

MAY - JUNE 2022
No classes:
TBA
TBA

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Boleo derives from the verb bolear,

to throw. It comes from the tool called LARIAT that gauchos used to capture the animals. It is a set of 3 various lengths ropes weighted at the free end and tied together. Thrown sideways it wraps around the target capturing it.

Since pronunciation of B and V in Spanish is very similar sometimes you can see the name of the figure written as Voleo. Voleo comes from the verb volear, to volley, punch, or strike, especially with a racquet, paddle, or open hand as in volleyball.

Boleo is activated by

reversing a pivot causing dancer’s leg to swing out and return in similar to whipping motion.Axis of the Follower are extremely important. Since one leg is flying, the standing one shall be firmly on the ground with no balance issues.

Depending on musical interpretation and specific effect we wish to achieve the accent of the boleo, its culmination, can come on the beat or off the beat. Each lead has its own characteristics.

Advanced students improvising after completing one of the courses

Become an Ultimate Tango Dancer

Advanced classes allow for your continuous education and development as Tango dancer. They challenge you into less familiar and less comfortable movements and sequences. But remember – what seems at first impossible when understood and practiced becomes your second nature. Never stop learning!

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1 Class
$24
8 Classes
$144
8 Classes (couples)
$270

All credits have to be used for the specific course they were purchased for. Positively no rollovers. No refunds. If your schedule is unpredictable – your best bet is to pay class by class. Cannot afford it? Email us ultimatetango@gmail.com. We accept barter.

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