Two absolutely fantastic group classes with Juan Martin Carrara & Stefania Colina

Juan Martin Carrara & Stefania Colina

Given the unusual nature of what I’m seeking as my next step, it’s no surprise than the standard Tanguito classes didn’t seem an especially good match. That’s not a commentary on the quality of the teaching; it’s commentary on the gap between what most schools offer and what I actually want.

However, for a four week period, something rather different is happening at Tanguito. Namely, visiting teachers Juan Martin Carrara & Stefania Colina are taking over. Steph and friends were raving about them, and they weren’t wrong!

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End of a Tango Space era, and a surprisingly good milonga

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I don’t know that tonight will be the last Tango Space class I’ll do, but it was my final planned one at least.

Tomorrow I’ll be trying the beginner/improver lesson at Tanguito with visiting teachers Juan Martin Carrara & Stefania Colina. They are covering the next four weeks while Bruno is on holiday, so if I like them as much as everyone tells me I will, then that will be my group lesson plan for the next month …

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Testing my confidence at a grown-up milonga, and a very obvious next step

grown-up milonga

Yeah, ok, the Saturday evening milonga at Browns isn’t quite like that, but it has always felt like the most intimidating of the ones I’ve been to so far. More so, interestingly, than the massive Romantica Milonguera milonga in May.

I think it’s the combination of a relatively formal setting, what appears to be a high level of dance, an atmosphere which has always felt somewhat on the serious side – and very few familiar faces (the usual suspects in the workshop didn’t stay for the milonga). A far cry from the informality of the Tuesday night milonga in a student cafe …

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Trying Tanguito/Los Angelitos, and not yet finding a solution to my dilemma

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Julia danced with me in the milonga on Tuesday, and told me afterwards that I was ready for the Tango Space intermediate class.

That was extremely encouraging to hear in terms of what it says about my technique, and as the intermediate class is a broad church, I can believe that I am somewhere in the right ballpark technique-wise. But I’m absolutely not able to cope with the step sequences: I’ve seen the kinds of things they do in that class! Even the more complex of the improver sequences took me about 45 minutes to learn, by which point there was little time left to focus on technique …

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Kicking off the Just Dance phase, and a new approach to the blog

Just Dance

I’d decided that moving fully into a Just Dancing phase – as in ceasing all lessons for a time – was just a bit too radical for now. In part because pre-milonga group classes are the best way to meet followers and decide which ones I’d like to cabeceo given the opportunity.

But my focus at present is very much on enjoying the dance, and worrying less about what I’m learning. Which also, I think, needs a new approach to the blog, but I’ll get to that …

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Fewer classes, more dancing (though not in 37C temps …)

fewer classes more dance

As someone put it today, it’s 37C in London and Boris has just been appointed PM: we have officially entered hell.

No more so than in the back room at the Shield Cafe, which is an oven at the best of times …

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Changing direction, in small and large ways

changing direction

Tonight’s Tango Space topic was changing direction. I wasn’t sure what approach to this Fede and Julia would be taking, but in the practica beforehand M wanted to have a go at another method of doing so: the movement from the Boston intermediate class.

I’d shared the demo video of this, and M thought it looked fun. It was indeed, and I hadn’t yet succeeded in leading it as taught, so was happy to give it a go …

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