Please join Emma in an adventure to discover Argentine Tango.
Dates and times flexible
Portland Maine Location
A private lesson is tailored to your personal dance trajectory. Whether you are a beginner who wishes to kick start and move faster than a group, or an advanced dancer wishing to focus on particular skills, a private lesson will meet your specific needs and move at the speed best for your learning style. A private lesson can also be shared by two dancers; a leader; follower pair, two leaders, or two followers. Emma is both a leader and a follower and teaches both roles. Please bring a clean pair of socks to the lesson. Please contact Emma to inquire of dates, times and location.
4 fundamentals of Tango classes
Sept 25, Oct 2,9,16, 7:15 - 8:15 pm
58 York st. Portland Maine
Group classes will cover tango (4/4), milonga (2/4) and tangovals (3/4). You’ll need all 3 to become proficient in Argentine Tango. Milonga is pre-tango, simpler, a little faster, and is all about rhythmic patterns with your partner. It always leaves the couple smiling and a little breathless. Tango requires the same connection and embrace. but is slower, more dramatic and romantic. It leaves the couple breathless in a different way. Vals is friendly, upbeat and creates a mood for turns. (Specialized small group lessons are available also, up to 6 people - please inquire.)
Registration details TBD
Flexible, depending on the group
Argentine Tango is an improvised dance, a conversation without words with someone you may not know.
A basic Argentine Tango class covers basic concepts to get beginners dancing: connection, musicality, turns, pivots, the cruzada, leading and following, footwork, history and codes. It also introduces three styles of Tango: tango, vals, and milonga.
Please bring indoor clean flat shoes with soles that slide (no high heels for this class).
No partner is needed; it’s a social dance, so we dance with everyone! Also, everyone will learn the ideas behind both leading and following.
Those with tango experience are also welcome to refresh the basics, or perhaps become more comfortable with the other role.
Class 1: Introduction to the style of music we’ll be dancing to, posture, forward intention, the embrace, milonga 6 ct basic. Tango, walking, pushing off, concept of standing and free leg, partnering, forward, back and side movement
Class 2: Pivots and ochos, vals (3/4 time), how to turn around. Molinete (moving around a central point).
Class 3: Contra-body styling, The cruzada/cross (a move that is particularly “tango”)
Class 4: Musicality, getting out of your head, putting it all together, review of tango, vals and milonga.