Every week, you’ll find on our blog class notes and a summary video from our Wednesday Improver / Intermediate tango group class, our Thursday beginner tango group class and our weekend milonga group classes.

These video and notes are meant to help our students remember what they’ve done in class.

Theme: Rhythmical orchestras

In this class, we worked on corridas, little repeated side steps that can be led on the beat or on the half beat. The idea of corridas is to introduce simple steps that can help break the monotony of always stepping on the beat, and gradually develop the skillste to dance on more rhythmical orchestras, like D'Arienzo.

Summary video



 

Little corrida to the side

  • Make sure you keep your embrace strong so that your arms move with you when you go to the side. Otherwise, you might leave the follower behind.
  • To lead the changes of weight, you need to gently tilt your partner to the side. If you are doing a corrida to the right, you need to lift on the right. If you are going to the left, lift on the left.
  • Bring your feet together at each step. Take a small step, collect and repeat.
  • When going faster, shorten the steps and lift your partner.
  • To go slower, take slightly bigger steps and slightly ground your partner.
  • For quick corridas, it’s better to stay on the ball of the foot and not rest your heels on the floor.

Followers

  • Bring your feet together at each step. Take a small step, collect and repeat.
  • The lead to go faster or slower should come from the leader’s back hand. To go faster, you should feel a gentle lift on your back. The lead to go slower is a gentle grounding on the back.
  • For quick corridas, it’s better to stay on the ball of the foot and not rest your heels on the floor. You can keep your weight on the inside of your feet too – it looks cute! :-)

 

Rotating corrida

Leaders

  • The lead is the same as before but the footwork is different. You need to move your feet like the hands of a clock – open a bit and close completely. Avoid keeping your feet a bit open – really open and then really close.
  • When going faster, shorten the steps.
  • To come back to the line of dance, you need to take a step back and reposition yourself with a small pivot. Then, step forward. Avoid stepping diagonally as crab-like moves are usually avoided on the dancefloor! :-)

Followers

  • You will need to pivot a bit with each step to go around the partner. Try and avoid ending up with pigeon-holed feet as this doesn’t look very good!

 

See you soon on the dancefloor,

Nati y Bruno