Curriculum 2014

1st Year -- Beginner

Tango 101: Five Basic Moves (1 hr)

Getting used to dancing close and learning some very useful basic steps for the social dance floor.

 

            1.) Walking

            2.) Back Ochos and the Cross

            3.) Rock Turn to the Left

            4.) Rock Turn to the Right

            5.) Ocho Cortado

Tango 102: La Salida Basica (1.5 hrs)

A regimen of physical exercises introducing the basic techniques of movement used in Tango, followed by a course of study on “La Salida Basica”, or “The Basic Exit”, which is the first of several classic figures designed over the decades to develop strong skills in the dance. Each week will end with a repetition of the figures from Tango 101, this time with phrasing and more technique.

            1.) Walking

                        a.) Drills: Walking, Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos

                        b.) La Salida Basica

                        c.) The Walk with ½-time MG

            2.) Back Ochos and the Cross

                        a.) Drills: Walking, Front Ochos, Back Ochos

                        b.) La Salida Basica

                        c.) Back Ochos to the Cross with Phrasing

            3.) Rock Turn to the Left

                        a.) Drills: Walking, Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos

                        b.) La Salida Basica

                        c.) Rock Turn to the Left with Phrasing

            4.) Rock Turn to the Right

                        a.) Drills: Walking, Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos

                        b.) La Salida Basica

                        c.) Rock Turn to the Right with Phrasing

            5.) Ocho Cortado

                        a.) Drills: Walking, Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos

                        b.) La Salida Basica

                        c.) ½-time Ocho Cortado with Phrasing

Tango 103: El Ocho (1.5 hrs)

More physical drilling of the basic tango movements, followed by an exploration of the second classic figure, “El Ocho”, or forward ochos from the cross. The last part of class focuses on the most useful Milonguero variations based on the inherent rhythm in the ocho cortado.

            1.) Walking the Milonguero Groove

                        a.) Drills: Walking, Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos

                        b.) El Ocho

                        c.) Walking 7-8-1, 3-4-5

            2.) Walking plus Ocho Cortado

                        a.) Drills: Walking, Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos

                        b.) El Ocho

                        c.) 7-8-1 Ocho Cortado plus 7-8-1 Walking

            3.) Ocho Cortado plus Milonguero Turn

                        a.) Drills: Walking, Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos

                        b.) El Ocho

                        c.) Full 7-8-1 MG Turn Combo

            4.) Pasadas

                        a.) Drills: Walking, Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos

                        b.) El Ocho

                        c.) 7-8-1 Pasadas

            5.) Combinations

                        a.) Drills: Walking, Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos

                        b.) El Ocho

                        c.) Walking, MG, Walking, Pasadas

Tango 104: La Parada (1.5 hrs)

More sophisticated drills, introducing the “molinete”, followed by working on “La Parada”, or “The Stop”. Each class ends with more work on useful turns, with both plenty of review and new variations.

            1.) Milonguero Dip

                        a.) Drills: Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos, Molinete

                        b.) La Parada

                        c.) The Milonguero Dip

            2.) MD + Groove Variations

                        a.) Drills: Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos, Molinete

                        b.) La Parada

                        c.) MD + Pasada/Milonguero Turn

            3.) La Media Luna

                        a.) Drills: Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos, Molinete

                        b.) La Parada

                        c.) La Media Luna

            4.) LML + Groove Variations

                        a.) Drills: Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos, Molinete

                        b.) La Parada

                        c.) LML + Ocho Cortado/Pasada

            5.) Additional Combinations

                        a.) Drills: Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos, Molinete

                        b.) La Parada

                        c.) MD + Swing Cortado/Pasadas, LML + Swing Cortado/Pasadas

Tango 201: Los Ochos Atras (1.5 hrs)

Continuing with drills and physical training, then working on “Los Ochos Atras”, or the classic back ocho/parada combination. This is followed by a thorough treatment on bridging the gap between the Milonguero and Salon aesthetics with regards to ochos in general.

            1.) Resolving Back Ochos with a Parada

                        a.) Drills: Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos, Molinete

                        b.) Los Ochos Atras

                        c.) Resolving Back Ochos with a Parada

            2.) Resolving Back Ochos with a Turn to the Left

                        a.) Drills: Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos, Molinete

                        b.) Los Ochos Atras

                        c.) Resolving Back Ochos with a Turn to the Left

            3.) Stepping Forward I

                        a.) Drills: Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos, Molinete

                        b.) Los Ochos Atras

                        c.) Resolving Back Ochos Turning to the Left + Forward-Stepping MG

            4.) Resolving Back Ochos with a Turn to the Right

                        a.) Drills: Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos, Molinete

                        b.) Los Ochos Atras

                        c.) Resolving Back Ochos Turning to the Right

            5.) Stepping Forward II

                        a.) Drills: Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos, Molinete

                        b.) Los Ochos Atras

                        c.) Resolving Back Ochos Turning to the Right + Forward-Stepping MG

Tango 202: La Media Vuelta

More drilling on pivots and turns, with a short version of a Salon turn with Sacadas, “La Media Vuelta”, followed by an exploration of interlocking double turns for the social dance floor. This series completes the study of dancing the basic rhythmic conventions of Milonguero Style.

            1.) Turns with Check Step Transitions 1

                        a.) Drills: Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos, Molinete

                        b.) La Media Vuelta

                        c.) Turns with Check Step Transitions

            2.) Turns with Check Step Transitions 2

                        a.) Drills: Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos, Molinete

                        b.) La Media Vuelta

                        c.) Turns with Check Step Transitions

            3.) Turns with Pasadas 1

                        a.) Drills: Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos, Molinete

                        b.) La Media Vuelta

                        c.) Turns with Pasadas

            4.) Turns with Pasadas 2

                        a.) Drills: Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos, Molinete

                        b.) La Media Vuelta

                        c.) Turns with Pasadas

            5.) Turns with Paradas

                        a.) Drills: Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos, Molinete

                        b.) La Media Vuelta

                        c.) Turns with Pasadas

Tango 203: Giros Part I: Turns w/ Sacadas

This series marks the beginning of the in-depth study of turns with sacadas, the basic building block of dancing Tango at an intermediate level and beyond.

            1.) Turns with 1 Sacada

                        a.) Drills: Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos, Molinete

                        b.) Turns with 1 Sacada

                                    i. (w/ planeo, last open sacada on 3, preceding pasada)

            2.) Turns with 2 Sacadas

                        a.) Drills: Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos, Molinete

                        b.) Turns with 2 Sacadas (+ 1st sacada on 1)

            3.) Turns with 3 Sacadas

                        a.) Drills: Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos, Molinete

                        b.) Turns with 3 Sacadas (+ open media luna and cross sacada on 5)

            4.) Turns with 4 Sacadas

                        a.) Drills: Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos, Molinete

                        b.) Turns with 4 Sacadas (+ open sacada, chen chen)

            5.) The Complete Turn

                        a.) Drills: Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos, Molinete

                        b.) Turns with 5 Sacadas (subbing in the media luna for the chen chen)

Tango 204: Giros Part II: Entrances, Exits, and Decorations

More work on turns with the addition of a variety of classic decorations, embellishments, and liaisons between movements.

            1.) The Classic Entrance to the Right

                        a.) Drills: Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos, Molinete

                        b.) The Classic Entrance to the Right

            2.) The Classic Entrance to the Left

                        a.) Drills: Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos, Molinete

                        b.) The Classic Entrance to the Left

            3.) The Planeo + Barrida

                        a.) Drills: Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos, Molinete

                        b.) The Planeo + Barrida

            4.) The Lapis

                        a.) Drills: Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos, Molinete

                        b.) The Lapis

            5.) The Aguja

                        a.) Drills: Forward Ochos, Backward Ochos, Molinete

                        b.) The Aguja

2nd Year -- Intermediate

Tango 301: Structure and Sacadas Part I

            1.) Progressive Forward Cross to Forward Cross Sacadas

            2.) Progressive Open to Forward Cross Sacadas

            3.) Progressive Forward and Open Combinations

            4.) Forward and Open Exchanges Part I

            5.) Forward and Open Exchanges Part II

Tango  302: Structure and Sacadas Part II

            1.) The Back Sacada to Forward Cross

            2.) Progressive Back and Open Combination

            3.) Progressive Forward and Back Sacada Combination

            4.) The Woman's Back Sacada to Open

            5.) Back Sacada to Back Sacada Exchange

Tango 303: Changes of Direction Part I

            1.) Blocking the Back Ocho on the Close Side

            2.) Blocking the Back Ocho on the Open Side

            3.) Blocking the Forward Ocho on the Open Side

            4.) Blocking the Forward Ocho on the Close Side

            5.) Blocking Consecutive Ochos

Tango 304: Changes of Direction Part II

            1.) Sending the Back Ocho on the Close Side

            2.) Sending the Forward Ocho on the Open Side

            3.) Sending the Back Ocho and Blocking the Forward Ocho

            4.) Sending the Forward Ocho and Blocking the Back Ocho

            5.) Sending in Parallel System

Tango 401: Boleos Part I -- Standard Boleos and Combinations

            1.) Back Contra Boleo with the Left Leg

            2.) Forward Contra Boleo with the Right Leg

            3.) Back "With" Boleo with the Right Leg

            4.) Forward "With" Boleo with the Left Leg

            5.) Basic Linear Boleo with the Right Leg

Tango 402: Boleos Part II -- Boleos, Rebotes and Turns

            1.) Using Forward Contra Boleos to Change the Direction of the Turn

            2.) Using Back "With" Boleos to Continue the Direction of the Turn

            3.) Using Forward Contra Rebotes as Substitutes for Forward Boleos

            4.) Using Back "With" Rebotes as Substitutes for Back Boleos

            5.) Using Consecutive Boleos for the Man to Facilitate the Turn

Tango 403: Ganchos Part I -- Classic to Modern Ganchos

Not recommended for crowded dance floors, these leg to leg “hooks” are nevertheless fun, beautiful, and eventually a great source gratification for the ego of the avid Tango dancer.

            1.) Classic Gancho from the Back Ocho Exiting with a Forward Cross

            2.) Classic Gancho from the Back Ocho Exiting with a Forward Boleo

            3.) Classic Gancho from the Back Ocho Receiving with a Forward Cross

            4.) Modern Overturned Gancho with the Right Leg, Received with the Open Step

            5.) Modern "Farfarro" Style Gancho

Tango 404: Gancho's Part II -- Enganches

Sensual leg wraps, some of which are very useful for social dancing and others that are more useful as an advanced study of connection and fluid movement.

            1.) Classic Open to Open Enganche with the Left Leg, Received with the Right Leg

            2.) Classic Open to Forward Cross Enganche with the Right Leg, Received with the Left Leg

            3.) Classic Promenad Americano Enganche with the Right Leg, Following a Slight Planeo for the Woman

            4.) Modern Enganche to Gancho Combination with the Left Leg, a la "Chicho"

            5.) Modern Triple Enganche/Gancho Combination a la "El Pulpo"

3rd Year -- Advanced

Tango 501: Colgadas Part I

            1.) Modern Hip Style Colgada with 180º Counterclockwise Rotation

            2.) Classic Plank Style Colgada from Back Ocho Step-Over with Clockwise Rotation

            3.) Open to Open Catch with Modern Hip Style Colgada, No Rotation

            4.) Classic Vuelta Loca Plank Style Colgada

            5.) Single Axis Turn to the Left

Tango 502: Colgadas Part II

            1.) Consecutive Counterclockwise Colgadas

            2.) Clockwise Sending Colgadas

            3.) Consecutive Modern Hip Style Weaving Colgadas

            4.) Stepping Over from the Open to Open Promenad

            5.) Stepping Over from the Forward Cross to Open Promenad

Tango 503: Volcadas Part I

            1.) The Classic Volcada

            2.) The Classic Volcada with the Amague Instead of Cruzada

            3.) The Classic Volcada, Amague, and Back Cross Volcada with the Right Leg

            4.) The Double Back Cross Volcada

            5.) The Classic Volcada, Amague, and Double Back Cross Volcada

Tango 504: Volcadas Part II

            1.) The Classic Volcada, Amague and Back Amague

            2.) The Back Cross, Back Amague and Forward Amague Volcada Combination

            3.) The Double Forward Cross Volcada

            4.) The Classic Volcada Interrupted with a Massive Enganche

            5.) The Res Balada with Double Forward Cross Volcada

Tango 601: Soltadas Part I

            1.) 360º Inside Turn on the Open Side Starting with a Forward Ocho and Resolving with a Forward Contra Boleo

            2.) 360º Inside Turn, Open Side, Starting with a Back Ocho and Resolving with a Back Contra Boleo

            3.) Inside Turn, Outside Turn Combination Starting with a Back Ocho, with Boleos for Transition and Resolution

            4.) Standard Step-Over Soltada

            5.) Step-Over Soltada Followed by a Back Sacada, a la "Chicho"

Tango 602: Soltadas Part II

            1.) Double Soltada from the Promenad Resulting in a Sacada

            2.) Check Step Soltada with Rhythm and Dynamic

            3.) Triple Linear Boleo Soltada a la "Chicho" and Eugenia

            4.) Soltada plus Gancho Part I

            5.) Soltada plus Gancho Part II

Tango 603: Composition Part I: Instructor Combinations

            1.) Single Phrase Combinations Part I

            2.) Single Phrase Combinations Part II

            3.) Double Phrase Combinations Part I

            4.) Double Phrase Combinations Part II

            5.) Double Phrase Combinations Part III

Tango 604: Composition Part II: Student Combinations

            1.) Single Phrase Combinations Part I

            2.) Single Phrase Combinations Part II

            3.) Double Phrase Combinations Part I

            4.) Double Phrase Combinations Part II

            5.) Double Phrase Combinations Part III 

4th Year -- Professional

Tango 701: Performance Part I: Exhibition

            1.) Calming the Nerves

            2.) The Relationship

            3.) Vulnerability and Virtuosity

            4.) Elegance (Presentation, Respect for the Specific Audience, Limiting the Vocabulary)

            5.) Something Impressive, Something Dramatic

Tango 702: Performance Part II: Show

            1.) The Variation Choreographed

            2.) The Variation and the Middle Section Choreographed

            3.) The Variation, Middle Section, and Opening Section Choreographed

            4.) All but the Second Section Choreographed

            5.) The Complete Choreography

Tango 703: Teaching Part I: Local Classes

            1.) Knowing Your Students

            2.) Working with Your Partner

            3.) Shutting Up and Letting Them Dance

            4.) Confidence Plus Awareness

            5.) Trouble Shooting the Most Common Problems

Tango 704: Teaching Part II: On Tour

            1.) Getting Gigs

            2.) Keeping Up with Communication

            3.) Making Your Requirements Clear

            4.) Doing the Dishes

            5.) Dancing Around

Tango 801: DJing Part I: Classic

            1.) A Brief History of the Orquestas

            2.) Orquestas by Greek Element

            3.) Energy

            4.) The Arc

            5.) Studying the Situation

Tango 802: DJing Part II: Progressive

            1.) El Corte/Berretin

            2.) Cellspace/Century

            3.) Practica Moderna

            4.) Horacio Godoy/Dominic Bridge

            5.) Where Do We Go from Here?

Tango 803: Organizing Tango Part I: Small Events

            1.) Local Classes

            2.) Practicas

            3.) House Parties

            4.) Milongas

            5.) All-Nighters

Tango 804: Organizing Tango II: Large Events

            1.) Weekend Intensives

            2.) Weekend Workshops

            3.) Marathons

            4.) Festivals

            5.) Tours