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Dance levels

This is a truly relative arena. The following description is only a practical guide

Beginners: the basic jargons of tango and body language
No previous experience needed. No need of dance partner. We suggest students to take 10 lessons before moving to the next level and to join our social dance events (tailored for this purpose). Closed group and private lessons are feasible options to improve your dance level.
    yiraje: beginner
    We start from you: how previous experience can consolidate your tango journey?
    Learning the first steps with an application of daily body movements 
    Individual technique tailored for the "new dancer"
    Basic walks and dynamics
    The interaction between leaders and followers
    Half structures and core elements: round walks, pivots, turns, and embrace 
    Improvisation or choreography? Tools to protect the identity of the dancer 
    What is social dancing? Space, direction, and communication between dancers. Initial integration to the "social dance"
    Tango rhythms: an introduction to tango, vals and milonga

Intermediate Phase A: Applied knowledge
No need of dance partner. A previous one-to-one assessment applies. We suggest to attend 6 months at this level before moving to the next level. Students at this level need to complement this course with closed group sessions and private lessons when possible.  

intermediate phase a: applied knowledge

Regressive learning: why this matter?
Review of basic structures, turns, changing directions
The role of the embrace in tango walls
Changing dance perspectives
Disengagement from roles, the negotiation of dance movements 
Basic rhythms for intermediate dancers: generalising dance technique from tango to vals and milonga
Basic tango elements: creating figures
Musicality and expression
Situating the dancer in musical and social dance patterns 
Protecting the social dance identity: what fits or not in social dance
Organising your first tango social dance

Intermediate Phase B: dance and creativeness
No need of dance partner. A previous one-to-one assessment applies. We suggest to learn regularly  2 years before trying the next level. The themes below are an introduction only to explore further in closed group sessions and regular private lessons. 

intermediate phase B: dance and creativeness

Dance roles, moving away from traditional roles and towards a more integrative dance
Advantages of "hybrid dancers" 
Complex elements and structures of tango. 
Exploring basic variations, pauses, syncopation and musical phrases 
Elements and musicality
Improvisation vs. choreography: intro to jumps
Improvisation through time: orchestras and the Piazzolla factor

No need of dance partner. Flexible programmes to be agreed with the students in order to suit their level and needs. We assume that students have at least 4 years dance experience, lessons, and a substantial social dance experience. International dance experience is a plus for this course. The course functions better with regular closed group and private sessions, even more at this level. 

yiraje: advanced

Teaching methodologies and regressive learning mode
Situating the dancers in improvisation and choreography. Complex elements, jumps
Contemporary tango meets Lunfardo culture 
Acting the dance, dancing the act
Lyrics, Lunfardo, and the orchestra 
Applications from improvisation to choreography: planing the performance 
How about the singer? Learning the crucial impact of the singer in improvisation

Musicality and social dance: what/how/why/when
No need of dance partner. Minimum dance level: intermediate Phase A. Musicality encourages dancers to perform structures, elements and figures in a more dynamic frame. Previously learnt figures (theoretical aspects of the dance) are placed into the normative of music and the social dance (a real life context).The social dance aspect of tango develops from the capability of the dancers to improvise. Tango technique is of a particular importance for dancers to improvise within musicality; individually, as a couple, but also in terms of interacting with a group (social dance is usually a highly active environment). 

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