Category Archives: Group class

A mixed day, but began and ended on a high note, so calling it good

mixed day

Today was a rather a mixed day. Started well, went downhill and looked like it wasn’t going to get any better, but was rescued in the end.

It began with the unofficial practica, which we’re currently hosting at home while the numbers permit. There were eight of us today, which was a full house. This included Steph, who joined us as a leader …

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Feeling at home in the Thursday intermediate class

feeling at home

I’ve long said what I really wanted from intermediate classes was not additional vocabulary, but work on technique within my existing vocabulary. Quality, not quantity, of movement.

Tonight’s* Tango Space class seemed to be promising exactly that …

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A really useful hiphop-free practica, and a crowded but fantastic milonga

lengthy blog post

Yeah, this is another lengthy blog post. You know the drill: grab a cup of tea or glass of wine before reading …

Some might argue that a 2-hour practica, 90-minute group class and 3-hour milonga is a touch enthusiastic. Indeed, an unkind person might be tempted to suggest this has shades of a return to The Crazy Days.

Especially as I was doing all of this instead of going to a friend’s birthday party, but then she is a tango teacher so is understanding of the early-stage addiction to all things tango …

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Getting better at the fast stuff …

the fast stuff

My approach to milonga tandas has so far been to try to cabeceo someone for the third song, on the basis that my single-time steps and rebounds are fun for one song but too boring for three.

Since mostly getting the hang of the six-step pattern, which feels more varied than it is, I was toying with the idea of upgrading to two songs. After this workshop, I may even risk an entire milonga tanda …

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A first venture into the Tango Space intermediate class, with cambio de frente

cambio de frente

I’d always shied well away from the Tango Space intermediate class, having seen the end of the Tuesday class a number of times. It always looked like a complex sequence, well in excess of my step memory.

But several friends told me I’d like the Thursday version with Luis, not because the final sequences were any shorter, but because he has a strong technique focus and breaks down the sequences really clearly – though it turned out Pablo and Amy were teaching tonight as Luis was away …

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A perfectly-timed giro technique workshop

giro workshop

Ok, so I’m doing three lessons this week – two group classes and a private – but the extra group class was a special case. It was on the giro, my main focus at present; it was a technique workshop; and it was run by Olga, who ran the excellent musicality series (1, 2, 3, 4) …

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Tango secrets

secret

Ok, this one, too, might sound a bit like a return to The Crazy Days, with a practica, group class and milonga all in one evening – but it’s not as bad as it sounds.

Tonight’s Tuesday milonga was temporarily relocated to O’Neill’s this week due to redecoration at the normal venue. As there was no separate room for lessons, they were offering an all-levels class which sounded like it might be fun (‘Tango Secrets’). Plus the milonga was likely to be crowded given the smaller space, so I thought the pre-class practica might be a good plan if I hoped to do any walking …

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