We have just completed our Academic Term focusing on the Tango Dimension Speed and on Aníbal Troilo’s orchestra. Time to review what you’ve learned!
Tango Dimension: Speed
In class, you’ve seen quite a few different concepts around the SPEED dimension. Click on the links to have access to all the class notes and videos for a quick refresher.
- Basic concepts for change of speed: To start the term, we focused on the fundamentals of changes of speed, illustrated by little steps like the corrida and the baby ocho.
- Melodic orchestras: In 2 classes, we saw how to slow down our dancing to match more melodic parts of tango music, using as an example first the mordida and a giro and in the second class, a planeo and a quick cadena to achieve more contrast.
- Rhythmical orchestras: To be able to dance on faster orchestras like D’arienzo, we saw a couple of quick steps such as the repeat back crosses and the cortado and in our second class, the change of weight in a box and repeat back crosses with change of weight.
- Change of speed in giros: Giros can be lead on the beat or on double time, so in this class, we played with different dynamics, by combining a giro and ocho cortado.
- Changing speed in complex figures: In this class, we focused on high contact sacadas.
- Asynchronicity: If you’re a regular student, you should know by now that we are big fans of asynchronicity steps. They create an element of surprise and enhance the musicality on orchestras like Canaro. In our class, we saw a variant of the square and the snake walk as well as steps inspired by old school milongueros.
Orchestra of the month
We have published quite a few posts on Anibal Troilo, our orchestra of the month. Time to learn more about him and (re)discover his music.
Next term programme – April
Tango dimension: Immersion
No orchestra of the month; instead we’ll be focusing on showing different dancers from the Golden Age of tango.