Category Archives: Group class

A busy first day – but just the one milonga …

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Today was a fairly thorough introduction to Buenos Aires. In particular, how Argentine time works.

Our plan was to attend a class, an afternoon milonga, another class and an evening milonga. We only managed the latter two – mostly because we spent a great deal of time getting our hands on some cash …

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Making friends with ocho cortados, and my first milonga fix for a fortnight

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I’m not generally going to the pre-milonga Tuesday lesson these days, but the topic was one I must have missed before: ocho cortado with circular movements. That sounded both fun and useful, so I headed over for that.

As it turned out, we didn’t get as far as the circular movement part, but I didn’t mind at all …

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Trying Tango y Nada Mas for the first time; a lesson in levels

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A couple of my Ms had both suggested I try a new school: Tango y Nada Mas. They run three classes, all on a Monday evening: fundamentals, improver/technique and intermediate/advanced – followed by a one-hour practica.

The plan was to try the improver/technique class, have a drink with M while we sat out the intermediate/advanced one, and then do the practica. This, it turned out, was a very sound plan …

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A great workshop, and a delightful compliment from Diego

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Today was quite a long day. It started with a severe hangover thanks to dinner with friends on Friday night (where there was Drunk Tango), then the anti-Brexit march. It ended with an 8-10pm workshop with a teacher recommended by some experienced dancer friends, Veronica Vazquez.

I’ve done a number of workshops which were billed as pure technique, but many of them include step sequences which I personally find distracting. Fortunately, tonight’s one completely lived up to its billing …

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

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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

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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

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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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