I developed this tango curriculum as a result of years of teaching and trying to figure out what order students need to learn certain concepts in order to have the most impact. One problem that I have always encountered is the transition from beginner classes to advanced classes. What is missed is the stepping stone of intermediate classes. Often, students will learn basic walking, ochos, cruzadas, etc and then start going to advanced classes where they are asked to do complicated sequences involving Enrosques or Volcadas.
The goal of this curriculum is to give students an organized and structured path for learning tango. They will know where they are at and what lies in front of them instead of just having techniques randomly thrown at them.
The curriculum is divided into 100, 200, 300 and 400 level classes. Students must complete one level and be approved in order to move on to the next level.
The 100 level classes provide the foundational concepts and techniques in order to progress to the 200 level classes. Our beginner series is broken into 3 six-week series: Walking (T101), Turning (T102) and Essential Figures (T103). Each series is broken into 2 hours each week with the second hour focusing on guided practice time. These 3 series do not have to be taken in any order, new students can begin with T101, T102 or T103.
The goal of our beginner 100 level classes is to teach our new students the 5 primary steps and the 5 essential figures of tango. We also focus heavily on connection, embrace and musicality. We also teach the codes of social dancing and proper Tango etiquette, so that you can enjoy social Tango dance parties which are called Milongas.
These 200 level classes provide foundational concepts and techniques in order to progress to the more advanced ideas of Tango. Each series is arranged into 3 one-hour weekly classes starting with the most basic technique and then progressing in difficulty the following weeks. We will also look at simple figures using the class topic and how to work it into your improvised social dancing. In addition to the class topic, we always focus on musicality and proper dance floor etiquette (floorcraft) as well as perfecting the embrace (un abrazo) and posture.
To get credit for each series you must come to all 3 weeks. Each series is accompanied online with class notes and demonstration videos.
To register for our 300 level classes students must have taken ALL of the 200 level classes AND have approval to move forward. Just taking all of the 200 level classes does not guarantee admittance to the 300 level classes.
These classes are arranged into 3 one-hour weekly classes. In addition to the class topic, we always focus on musicality and proper dance floor etiquette (floorcraft) as well as perfecting the embrace (un abrazo) and posture.
Our 400 level classes will be freeform and will focus on advanced concepts in Tango, Milonga and Vals. The main draw for the 400 level classes will be that they will be advanced level classes where the other students are ALL truly advanced level dancers, since they will have had to complete all 200 Level and 300 Level classes.