Tango: free tango introduction + beginners milonga
Would you like to try Tango?
Or are studying Tango since not long time and you still do not feel ready for a big milonga yet?
Then join this special milonga for beginners :-)
Dance skill : basic
(intermediate/advanced tangueros are also very welcome!)
*** Do I need a partner ?
No! Many folks come alone. Some bring a partner. Some come with a friend or a group of friends. Argentine tango is a social dance; expect to dance with a variety of partners. You'll find plenty of people to dance with during classes, practicas, or milongas.
During classes we typically rotate partners. This is the best way to learn tango. By switching, leaders will be exposed to a variety of followers making them more flexible (and more skilled) in their lead -- and followers will be exposed to different leading styles.
*** What should I wear?
For a class or practica, dress casually and comfortably in light and loose fitting clothing that allows your body to breathe and move.
For both men and women, wear something on your feet that allows you to slide your foot along the floor and to allows you to easily PIVOT! That might be dance shoes, comfortable shoes with leather soles, indoor sneakers (possibly with gorilla or masking tape on the bottoms), or even just socks or stockinged feet. No boots, please.
Ladies, indulging in sexy tango heels is one of the super fun perks to dancing tango! However, you don't need to own a pair of tango heels initially. Until you are a bit more experienced, it is best to learn in flat shoes with flexible leather soles.
*** What can I expect from taking Argentine Tango lessons?
Argentine Tango is NOT Ballroom Tango. Ballroom tango, "Dancing with the Stars" tango, or any tango with a rose in the dancer's mouth -- is typically memorized steps and choreographed show tango.
Argentine tango is about being in the moment. It is an improvised dance where you learn technique, body mechanics, and the ability to improvise. It is not about memorizing steps or set routines. Tango can be very gentle and connected or tango can be very active and connected. How gentle or how active you are can change from partner to partner or tanda to tanda. In all cases, connection with your partner and the music is key.
*** What is the difference between a Guided Practica and Practica?
A guided practica is a time for dancers to practice what they’ve learned usually with instructors available to help. We will play tango, milonga, and vals music typically without cortinas. You can practice with a partner for one song, two songs, three songs, etc. The idea is to practice and actively learn. Typically we will keep the lights bright for really working on your tango.
*** What is a Tanda?
A tanda is a set of three or four songs by the same orchestra or performer, in the same style of music (tango, milonga, or Argentine vals). We typically play tandas with cortinas.
*** What is a Cortina?
Cortina means curtain in Spanish. It is a small musical interlude that signals the end of a tanda and time to switch partners. Cortinas usually sound very different from the music of the tanda so that you can tell them apart. The cortina is often not a full song length but rather only Protected content in length. So find that next partner pronto!
*** What is a Milonga?
Milonga has two different meanings in regards to Argentine Tango.
1 ) a social dance party - A milonga is an event or a party where you dance tango -- with food, drink, and a whole lot of fun! At a milonga, you don't teach or instruct on the dance floor. A milonga is a celebration of dancing what you know -- and not worrying about what you don't know.
2 ) a style of music - Milonga is a style of music, which is written in 2/4 time, and sounds faster than it is. Meaning that there are 2 beats per measure. Whereas by stark contrast tango is danced in 4/4 time, and Argentine vals is 3/4 time, but sometimes played in 6/8 time, so it sounds very ‘peppy’.
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