Every week, you’ll find on our blog class notes and a summary video from our Wednesday and Sunday tango group classes.
These video and notes are meant to help our students remember what they’ve done in class.
Beginners & improvers: Backward ochos with rebounds
- Leader: You need to lead the pivot for the backward ocho incrementally. Lead a small pivot using a small amount of dissociation, then a rebound, another small pivot, etc. You can repeat the rebounds as many times as you want – just listen to the music!
- Follower: In the rebounds, try and not put too much weight on the back leg so that you can move to the beat.
Intermediates & up: Cadencia with side step for the follower
- Leader: In this step, you need to first lead a change of weight and then a side step. It is a bit counter-intuitive at first but then the lead comes easily with some practice. Try and avoid dissociating as this might make the follower pivot or cross.
- Follower: In the side step, you’ll need to use the pendulum technique, e.g. try and keep your head with the leader as your feet move from side to side.
Intermediates & up: Cadencia together
- Leaders: For this lead, it is easier if you step strongly on your last step before the cadencia.
- Both: Try and keep a natural movement for the legs, following the pendulum technique we saw in class.
Intermediates & up: Vaiven
- Both: The step to the side is with the legs bent whilst the two small steps side to side are with the legs straight.
- Beginners: Practice rebounds on your own in all three directions – forward, back, side.
- Intermediates and up: Practice pendulum technique in front of a mirror. Whilst keeping the tip of your head at the same spot, move your feet from side to side and let your legs move freely.