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Current Tango Classes
Challenge yourself to explore something new and different with our upcoming Tango classes. It is a great way to meet people, stay connected and learn something new and exciting. The people that take tango are diverse and interesting and come from all over the world. We have a great time and hope you will come and check it out. We have tango classes for all levels and you do not need a partner for the majority of them. However, you do need to register in advance as we have decided to lower the number of students per class to allow for more time with our students, and classes tend to fill up. We look forward to teaching you to dance! See you on the dance floor!
Below is an outline of our beginning tango classes:
Description: Our 100 series tango classes are all the basics (plus some of the fun and fancy) broken up into three parts. They do not need to be taken in order but it is inadvisable to begin with 103 (dancing in crossed system). Starting in Tango 101 or 102 is perfect. All these series focus on clear, concise lead and follow, your tango walk, and Amagues. They differ in the following ways:
Tango 101 covers basic walking movements, double times, Amagues, Ochos, paradas, Sandwiches as well as the techniques to make them smooth and musical. If there is time we also delve into Linear Drags.
Tango 102 works specifically on Amagues, Crosses, , Molinetas (turns), Calicitas (mans turn), and Circular Baridas. Pivoting and balancing techniques for proper execution and embellishments are also covered.
Tango 103 covers basic walking movements in crossed system, double times, amagues and how being able to walk on the same foot as your partner makes Tango unique. This crossed system class will link ochos and molinetas together in a very natural way. We will develop many different clever variations using the crossed system link.
We look forward to teaching you to dance! See you on the dance floor!
*If you are a full time student, 26 or younger you can get a 40% student discount code by calling 314-324-0887 to register. Please bring your drivers license and student ID to the first class.
Intermediate Salon Tango
January 3rd - February 21st
Wednesdays at 7:00pm
Teacher: Robert McKenney
This class is designed to help the Advanced beginner or seasoned intermediate work on connection, technique, and an embrace that is comfortable and natural for each body type. There is no one way to dance or embrace somebody. We will develop the techniques and changes of embrace required to dance strong movements while minimally opening the embrace. Walking turns, simple sacadas, milonguero gems, and changes of direction are all topics we will develop while not forsaking the essentials: The Embrace, The Music, The Connection
- The essence of Salon Tango will be developed each series, not every topic above will addressed in each series!
Intermediate Tango Nuevo
Jan 8 - Feb 26th
Mondays at 7:00pm
Teachers: Roxanne Maier and Robert McKenney
This class is designed to help the Advanced beginner or seasoned intermediate work on connection, technique, and the embrace while also focusing on some of the athletic material that inspires so many of us when we start. Nuevo is a style, a technique, not a musical choice. We will work on non-traditional shaping of all the intermediate moves we have been teaching over the years: Sacadas, Boleos, Ganchos, Volcadas, etc … The foundation of great Nuevo is great Salon. Connection is required for all moves, both simple and athletic. Join us for an exciting new class with a new twist.
Beginning Tango: Molinetas
Jan 8 - Feb 26th
Mondays @ 8:00pm
Instructors: Roxanne and Robert
Our beginning series classes are all the basics (plus some of the fun and fancy) broken up into three parts. Starting with this class or the Ochos series is ideal. This section starts with developing clear and concise leads and follows, your tango walk, amagues, and molinetas (turns/ grapevines). Then we play with the ideas of Barridas (drags), Paradas (stops), and pivoting and balancing techniques. Come get tangled up with us!
- It is inadvisable to start in Beginning Tango: Crossed System. The Molinetas, and Ochos are much easier and the movements more recognizable. The three classes combine and help develop a strong foundation where you can choose your path of intermediate skills.
We look forward to teaching you to dance!!!
* Note: You are allowed 2 Make-up classes per 8 week session. You may take them in a equal or lower level class or by going to a practica. They must be arranged in advance and taken within the time frame of the class you are enrolled in (you can even make them up in advance of missing the class). There are no refunds or credits given after the first day of class. If there is space available, you may pay for a single class ($20) at the beginning of the series (to try it out) if you are unsure about committing to the entire class.
A brief history of Argentine Tango
The music that would become the tango began to coalesce in the working-class barrios of late nineteenth century Buenos Aires, a swelling frontier town where out-of-work gauchos from the cattle ranches of the pampas and poor immigrant men from Europe came in search of opportunity. They lived in conventillos – large boarding houses built around a central courtyard where workers would gather in their off hours, playing the guitar and the violin, blending the folk music of the plains with the traditions of Europe and with rhythms borrowed from the city’s dwindling Afro-argentine population. Though wealthy Argentines scorned the tango at first, venturesome young men of the upper class were attracted to the outlying barrios where they could hear the new music and witness the new style of dancing that developed around it.
When their parents sent them to Europe to complete their education, these young men brought the tango with them, creating a particular sensation in inter-war Paris, where the French thought the dance exotic and exaggerated it accordingly to suit their tastes. It was this Parisian version of the tango that – with the help of the cinema – spread to the rest of Europe and to the United States, entering the ballroom repertoire as the international and the American tango.
In the meantime, as Argentina became more isolated from Europe, Argentinean tango developed along a different course, refining the art of small movement and tight partner connection for increasingly crowded dance floors.
By the Golden Age of the 1940’s as many as 75% of the adult population of Buenos Aires were active social dancers, but later the scene dwindled until it was finally forced underground by political unrest. By 1986 – three years after the end of military rule in Argentina – only 200 to 400 people were still dancing tango in the capital, but these were enough to begin a revival of the dance that in the last twenty years has spread throughout the world.
Today, Argentine tango is a living art that takes many forms, all of which preserve something of the traditional grammar and syntax for improvisational dance that developed in Buenos Aires in the first half of the twentieth century even as a new generation of dancers and teachers from all around the globe experiments with new vocabulary and new ways of expressing the connection that is at the heart of the dance.