Giraldo Portalea is very famous for his unique combinations, his smooth dancing and his cadencia. In this class, we started with the Americana before exploring some of Portalea's signature moves: a mix between back cross and backward ocho, a single axis turn from a unique entry point, and an Americana using counter-energy.
April 18, 2017
Los Perez are unavoidable in Buenos Aires. Apparently all tango world champions have trained with them at some point. We started the beginners class with a simple ocho with sacada before moving on to an ocho with leader's adornment, a giro with a barrida and a playful little cadencia.
In this class, we continued to have a look at steps inspired by Osvaldo and Coca. We started with what we call a flat giro for the beginners and then used this concept in the intermediate class for a couple of creative and inventive steps.
In this class, we focused on our favourite old school milongueros, Osvaldo and Coca, which musicality and playfulness we simply can't get enough of. There are loads of videos of them on Youtube, just look for Osvaldo Coca Tango.
March 31, 2017
We started one of our favourite dimension - immersion - by looking at steps from Nito and Alba, who were dancing in the Golden Age of tango. We did a couple of sacadas (including quite a challenging sacada leading the follower into a cross) and a sequence from Americana.
This week marks the end of our Academic Term focusing on the Tango Dimension Speed and on Juan D'arienzo's orchestra. Time to review what you've learned!
In this class, we had a look at how we could use the axis to lead front crosses, back crosses and back cross sandwiches. Very playful additions to your repertoire of steps.
In this class, we played with changes of speed. We applied it to the backward ochos by adding little rebounds to this simple step rhythmical and playful. We also focused on cadencias, these littles steps that play with the pendulum technique and that are just, so salón.
The cross is one of tango's emblematic steps. In this class, we started with a basic cross and then played with how the cross could look and feel with different musicalities and techniques, including that of the empujadita.
For this class, we looked at steps that would work for rhythmic orchestras or rhythmic sections of any tango. We started with variants of the change of weight in a box and then played with the giro and baby forward ochos.