A Beautiful Conversation. Technique for Mixing Tango Elements

We all know that tango is a language in its own right. And once your grammar and vocabulary are in place, beautiful conversations start flowing and deep connections happen. This is a collection of lessons for tango writers.

 

Recommended study time for this collection is 11 weeks.

Combination Giro-Girada-Rebote

Just one of the tips of this class: during the giro, leaders, surround the follower and hold softly her back. In this way you'll help her pivot.
Music: Gitana Russa (Ricardo Malerba Y Su Orquesta Típica, singer Orlando Medina).

25.59 min Giro Rebote Elements

Combination Gancho – Sandwich

A lesson with technical tips about how the connection of these two elements opens up new possibilities for musical interpretation.
Music: Porteño y Bailarín (Orquesta Carlos Di Sarli, singer Jorge Durán).

9.35 min Elements

Combination Boleo – Barrida. Detailed Technique

Highlights of some of the particularities of this combination – how to do it so that it comes natural for both dancers.
Music: Porteño y Bailarín (Orquesta Carlos Di Sarli, singer Jorge Durán).

22.30 min Barrida Boleo

Combination Boleo – Barrida. Insights and Shapes

Just a tip: Sebastian draws your attention to the way of leading the boleo – the movement is built over the whole dance and it is not caused by a single pressure.
Music: Porteño y Bailarín (Orquesta Carlos Di Sarli, singer Jorge Durán).

18.33 min Barrida Boleo

Mixed Technique – Legs Interaction

More than by the level of difficulty of what they perform, great tango dancers are better defined by their ability to understand more than one style and emotion proposed by the dance. This class is a result of all the maestros' experience.

10.23 min Elements

Mixed Technique – Barrida, Rebote

You'll find inhere the concept of rebote put in the context of two different types of barridas. A different approach leads to a differet feeling.
Music: Cantemos corazón (orquesta Carlos Di Sarli; singers Roberto Florio, Jorge Duran).

10.55 min Barrida Rebote

Combination Barrida – Gancho

Followers will see in this lesson the important aspect of changing the usual contact with the floor when doing the barrida.
Music: El Adiós (Orchestra Osvaldo Pugliese, singer Jorge Maciel).

13.31 min Elements Barrida

Combination Giro – Colgada – Double Time

An important class for followers - a circular feeling while doing the giro; information about the embrace and placement of legs.
Music: Porteño y Bailarín (Orquesta Carlos Di Sarli, singer Jorge Durán).

18.42 min Sacada Elements Musicality

Soltada – Meanings, Feelings and Insights

Three types of soltadas – in contact, partial and total – their principles and how the leader prepares the follower for it - all taught in this class.
Music: Cantemos corazón (orquesta Carlos Di Sarli; singers Roberto Florio, Jorge Duran).

15.37 min Elements

Combination Change of Direction – Soltada

A closer look to the sacada in this combination. On how little elements performed by both the leader and the follower, makes it look elegant.
Music: Cantemos corazón (orquesta Carlos Di Sarli; singers Roberto Florio, Jorge Duran).

19.32 min Changes of Direction Elements

Mixed technique – Steps and Embraces

An insightful class on how to play with changes in embrace and with the repertoire of steps in a non-dogmatic way. In the final part of the video you will find more information about the timing.

22.35 min Embrace Elements

Mixed Technique – Sacadas, Changes of Direction with Turns

When practicing them, you'll play with distances in the couple, make sure your embrace's fluid and you slide your arm on the back of your partner.
Music: De qué podemos hablar (Orquesta Carlos Di Sarli, singer Argentino Ledesma).

14.58 min Changes of Direction Sacada Elements

Moving in Harmony into Opposite Directions

On different types of opposite direction moves, that are combined with decorations for the follower. Plus, special technical elements on which the follower needs to work when dancing in close embrace.

13.12 min Embrace Elements Decorations

Combination Giro-Enrosque-Lapiz-Playing with Heights

A lesson on how to link complex movements in a fluid motion in order to shine on the dance floor.
Music: De qué podemos hablar (Orquesta Carlos Di Sarli, singer Argentino Ledesma).

14.05 min Giro Lapiz Enrosque

Combination Planeos – Barridas for Leaders

A lesson on how to flawlessly do combinations of inside and outside planeos for the man, barridas and fast decorations over the barrida for the follower.
Music: De qué podemos hablar (Orquesta Carlos Di Sarli, singer Argentino Ledesma).

11.10 min Elements Barrida

Combination Sacada – Gancho – Barrida

Just a tip: leaders, be careful with the position of the knee when doing the gancho. Switch it inwards or outwards depending on where you are.
Music: El Adiós (Orchestra Osvaldo Pugliese, singer Jorge Maciel).

12.23 min Sacada Elements Barrida

Combination Retro Sacada – Boleo – Corte

Just a tip: the interesting effect on the retro sacada comes from the ability of the leader to gently hook the follower's free leg.
Music: Volvamos a empezar (Alfredo De Angelis y su Orquesta Típica, singer Oscar Larroca).

11.44 min Sacada Elements Boleo

Combination Sacada – Gancho – Boleo – Corte

Just a tip: the energy brought in the cross by the left foot, for the follower, will be taken in the gancho by the right leg.
Music: El Adiós (Orchestra Osvaldo Pugliese, singer Jorge Maciel).

8.34 min Sacada Elements Boleo

Combination Sacada – Sacada, Gancho – Gancho

Detailed explanation of this sequence, that uses different techniques to approach sacadas and ganchos. Ladies get a special treat. Music: El Adiós (Orchestra Osvaldo Pugliese, singer Jorge Maciel).

21.05 min Sacada Elements

Mixed Techniques Soltada – Volcada

Following this lesson will give you the opportunity to enjoy the dance and will make the audience in the milonga admire your posture.
Music: Tenia que suceder (Orquesta Carlos Di Sarli, singer Mario Pomar).

15.44 min Elements

Introduction to Tango Apache. Changing the Embrace

Forget about embracing your partners for a moment… or at least, about embracing them face to face. Tango apache gives you a new type of embrace.
Music: El Adiós (Orchestra Osvaldo Pugliese, singer Jorge Maciel).

19.28 min Embrace Elements

Parallel Soltadas from the Shape of Back Sacadas

A structure you can successfully include in your performances. It implies a lot of precision and the couple will shine doing this, as you'll create a spinning effect in your dance.

15.11 min Sacada Elements