Tango Workshop, 7th November 2010: syllabus


This is a 3-hour workshop, introducing you to the rich, exciting and intimate dance style of Argentine Tango. It will show you how to dance Tango, with some technique and tips allowing you to Tango in a Modern Jive environment.

This workshop is available for all levels of dancer - you don't have to be an experienced Modern Jiver to learn Tango.

The workshop will be divided into three sections - each section will allow 10-15 minutes at the end for questions and practice. Take a break, ask our teachers for a dance or ask questions (although probably not both at the same time!).

Section 1: Introduction to Argentine Tango (12 - 1pm)

This covers the key principles of dancing Argentine Tango.

At the end of this section, you should be able to lead and follow in Tango, and move around the room to Tango music.

Section 1 Technique

  • Leading from the chest
  • Posture
  • Walking for women
  • Open embrace

Section 1 Steps

  • Forwards / back steps
  • Sidesteps
  • Rocksteps
  • Transfers of weight

Section 2: Tango moves and steps

For the next section, we will take these basic steps, and add on the pivot.

At the end of the section, you should be able to dance many of the standard Tango steps and movements within an Argentine Tango venue.

Section 2 Technique

  • Dissociation
  • Pivotting
  • Balance

Section 2 Steps

  • Forwards ochos
  • Backwards ochos
  • Giros

Section 3: Putting Tango into your Ceroc

This covers using Argentine tango technique and steps, within a Ceroc environment. We'll also show you some "tango-style" movements you can use in your Ceroc dancing.

At the end of the session, you should have some tools to help you dance Tango (or Tango-style) in a Modern Jive venue.

Section 3 Technique

  • Close embrace
  • Dancing to the music

Section 3 Steps

  • Adornos
  • Linear giros ("Colombians")
  • West manhattens

Workshop details

Date: Sunday 7th November 2010

Time: 3pm - 6pm

Location: All Saints Art Centre, 122 Oakleigh Road. Whetstone. London. N20 9EZ (map)

Teachers: David Bailey and Carol Clarke.

Cost: £30 per person / £50 per couple

Booking: Contact: 07768 005858, or Email: ceroc@hotmail.com.