Category Archives: Group class

They make long hours at this time of the year

Why does no-one ever believe me when I say I’m only staying for the first hour of a milonga?

Today was the final Tango Space workshop of the year, a one-hour one billed as lessons Pablo and Anne had learned from their students, followed by Prosecco and mince pies ā€“ then the monthly Browns milonga …

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Walking and Musicality: a workshop with the Costas

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Meeting one’s heroes can be dangerous! I’ve long been an admirer of Adrian’s walk, having seen it in countless videos, so there is a certain risk involved in doing a workshop with him ā€“ but fortunately it was good!

While I love ochos and am now very much more confident with giros, walking remains my absolute favourite part of the dance. Some of my all-time favourite dances have been when there was room to walk, with a follower who enjoys it as much as I do. So a ‘Walking and Musicality’ workshop with Adrian and Amanda Costa was irresistible …

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Another ‘one thing’ from my lesson, then a great night at Tango Terra!

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I’d caught the end of the intermediate lesson on Tuesday, on leader and follower decorations, and it had looked fiendishly complicated. I very much hoped Luis and Natalia could be counted on for either a more accessible version, or a careful build-up to the final thing.

I needn’t have worried. Not that I could do the final version, which involved the leader pivoting on one foot while doing lapices with the other, but Luis did indeed break it down well. I was able to do my own version of it, pivoting on two feet without the lapices. And my ‘one thing from each lesson’ approach meant that while I wasn’t going to do the whole thing, I did very much like another new way to do a medio-giro …

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Patio de Tango, La Viruta and a magical evening at Salon Canning

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You’ll have to excuse the blobby photos from milongas. I’m really trying not to take photos this trip. Instead, I’m shooting very short video clips with my phone, and will then edit them into maybe a 5-10 minute overview of the whole trip. This means most of my photos are in fact screengrabs from video, thus not the greatest quality.

The daytime part of the blog is rather brief. We had breakfast in bed, then I lazed (apart from accidentally writing a blog post) while Steph went shoe-shopping for some very nice women’s leading shoes before visiting her Spanish teacher.

I made up for this laziness in the evening, managing one-and-a-bit classes and three milongas …

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Milongas 4 & 5: Two very different beasts!

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Steph claims I don’t understand the concept of holidays. There is some truth to this. With my background in business travel with extremely limited time off, I’m used to making the most of the time, so there isn’t much lazing around. I’ve always taken the view that you can do that with greater comfort, convenience and economy at home.

However, this morning was a relaxed one. We did nothing more than visit the two tango shoe shops directly opposite the hotel …

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