Classes

Andrea and Adrian’s teaching approach

Andrea and Adrian have a great reputation as tango maestros due to their pedagogy and personalized teaching methods. Both Andrea and Adrian have over 25 years of experience in teaching social tango dancing to groups from beginner to advance levels. They know each student is unique and will take different learning paths; that is why they encourage their students through energetic and constructive correction, recognizing individual needs and differences. Andrea and Adrian formulate and implement creative and innovative teaching strategies to make learning more challenging and interesting and to meet the different learning needs of each and all of their students. They incorporate methods to enhance self-esteem and self-belief as well as positive reinforcement to keep the group inspired and motivated for continued effort. Andrea and Adrian´s classes also includes historical, social or cultural information that supports the dance steps, formation, rhythms and meanings of the movement.

They create a relaxed learning environment thorough charismatic personalities, warmth, good sense of humor, achieving a great level of communication with their students.
Andrea and Adrian are a source of guidance during the student’s tango learning journey.

Important note: The teachers reserve the right to request that a student leave any class if they feel he or she is unable to keep up. For the student’s best benefit, students should follow the teachers’ advice on what class is the most appropriate according to their level after taking the first class.

TANGO BEGINNER COURSE

Description

Start dancing Argentine Tango from the very first class! Get to know and understand the complexity of this unique exotic dance through our teaching method that will help you develop a good connection with your partner and with the music. It will also provide you with great technique and simple navigation tools to be able to share the dance floor with other dancers. Learn the right technique from the start so that you can lead and follow properly.
The class will start with a series of technique exercises for both leaders and followers; focus will be on posture, balance, footwork, upper body rotation, walking and couple connection. After the technique section, we will work on simple, short, fun sequences (execution of motions, leading / following and musicality) for the social dance.

Level

This course is addressed to absolute beginners in Argentine Tango and beginners with some experience. We strongly recommend everybody to register to the whole course from the beginning of the series. We will not accept new absolute beginner students after the 6th class. This is because after the first six weeks the course has started, new absolute beginners will not be able to catch up. Therefore we will only accept students with some previous experience in Argentine Tango (who can lead and follow basic steps, forward and back “ochos”). Students with some experience who have taken a beginners course before and want to reinforce their fundamentals, are also very welcome to join these classes since they are suitable for anybody who wants to go over technique, fundamentals, change bad habits or acquire good ones.

Registration

For an efficient learning process in a beginner level, it is very important to commit and have continuity in order for the group to advance homogeneously and for each student to take full advantage of the classes. Therefore, drop in basis is strongly discouraged for this course. We recommend everybody not to skip stages and to register from the beginning of the course. To guarantee a good gender balance, registration in couples is advised. Single registration is also allowed, as long as we can keep the gender balance. First come first serve basis.

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TANGO PRE – INTERMEDIATE COURSE

Description

This course is ideal for students who are no longer beginners but who are not ready to go to the Intermediate level yet, as they would need to improve the quality of motion and have more experience and confidence to feel comfortable in that group.
We will go over and/or refresh, fundamentals and leading/following techniques to better develop the connection with your partner and understanding of the music. Students will learn simple, enjoyable, useful dance moves which are the base to further develop the dance. Navigation resources to achieve the line of dance will be emphasized.

Level

This group is addressed for students who have taken at least 12 – 14 months of regular beginner/fundamental classes.
Basic understanding of technique, simple concepts and steps are required to take this course.

Registration

Registration in couples is strongly advised. This is to help have create a good gender balance and form a homogeneous regular group which can continuously progress. Single registration is also allowed as long as we can keep the gender balance (please contact the teachers before attending the class). First come first served basis.

Important note: The teachers reserve the right to request that a student leave any class if they feel he or she is unable to keep up. For the student’s best benefit, students should follow the teachers’ advice on what class is the most appropriate according to their level after taking the first class.

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TANGO INTERMEDIATE SERIES

Description

Our goal is to grow our best inner social tango dancer building confidence through achieving a good technique level free of bad habits and a stronger connection with the music and with our dance partner. These elements will help us develop an elegant social style tango. The class will start with a series of technique exercises with intermediate complexity for both leaders and followers (focus on posture, balance, dissociation, pivots, footwork, walking, molinetes, leading / following techniques and couple connection). After the technique warm up, we will work on different sequences and combinations for the social dance where we will gradually transfer the technique previously drilled to the dance.  Special emphasis on keeping the line of dance, floor craft and musicality.

Level

This series are designed for students who have taken Argentine Tango classes regularly for a period of at least 18 -20 months. A reasonable technique level and understanding of tango, handling close and open embrace, and a good repertoire of steps is needed (turns, entradas, changes of direction, rebounds). Also dancers need to handle the navigation. Partner rotation. will be encouraged.

Important note: The teachers reserve the right to request that a student leave any class if they feel he or she is unable to keep up. For the student’s best benefit, students should follow the teachers’ advice on what class is the most appropriate according to their level after taking the first class.

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TANGO INTERMEDIATE - ADVANCED SERIES

Description

The class will start with a series of technique exercises for both leaders and followers from simple to more complex; we will work on rotation and disassociation, simple and double molinetes with syncopation, complex footwork, speed, flexibility in the embrace, couple connection and musicality.

We will go over different walking styles in different systems and lanes; paradas/pauses, simple and double turns to both sides with or without “entradas”, “sacadas”; “lápices”, “enrosques or “barridas”; counter turns; unexpected changes of directions, complex rebounds. Embellishments. Voleos. Resources for good navigation (line of dance). Fluidity in the dance. Longer/ complex sequences for the social dance. Recognizing and dancing to the different orchestras.

Level

Since these classes are intended for more experienced intermediate and advanced dancers, this group is addressed for students who have taken at least 2 years of intermediate tango level classes on a regular basis, and have at least 3 years of experience dancing tango. Students should meet all the requirements of the intermediate level, apart from being able to lead or follow more challenging tango figures and to navigate on a crowded floor.

Important note: The teachers reserve the right to request that a student leave any class if they feel he or she is unable to keep up. For the student’s best benefit, students should follow the teachers’ advice on what class is the most appropriate according to their level after taking the first class.

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TECHNIQUE FOR DANCERS – Specific workshops

This series will be offered on specific dates to be determined.

TECHNIQUE FOR LEADERS AND FOLLOWERS for all levels:

Description

Exercises for Leading/following roles, both without partner and in couples, simple couple connection excercises. Technique exercises making focus on posture, balance, footwork, changes of weight, upper body rotation, walking technique, importance of the side step, connection, leading / following, techniques, motion coordination, pivots and changes of directions. Simple molinetes. Simple static embellishments.

TECHNIQUE FOR LEADERS AND FOLLOWERS (for intermediate & advanced level):

Description

Exercises with intermediate complexity for the balance, the walk, suspension; execution of perfect ochos; disassociation; extreme disassociation in ochos and pivots, drills for pivots 180 to 360 degrees; complex footwork for both roles; training relaxation of the legs and the speed. Double molinetes, syncopation in the turn. Difference between “entradas” and “sacadas” and its technical execution. Voleos. Musicality. Embellishments for both roles, static and in motion. Connection. Couple training.

INTEGRATIVE TANGO TRAINING FOR LADIES by ANDREA MONTI (for intermediate & advanced level):

Description

Work out seriously and intensively! This program will give you the opportunity to train your body in different aspects so that you are fully ready to develop the follower’s role. The class will have different sections:

10 min warm up & strengthening exercises; 10 min abdominal workout; 55 min technique and embellishments exercises; 15 min stretching.

Foot/ankle flexibility and strengthening, posture, upperbody/back, core, rotation and extreme dissociation, balance, axis, leg flexibility and relaxation, perfect pivots, extreme ochos, voleos, molinetes, simple and double turns. Syncopation; speed, embellishments (static and in motion).

Participants will need: flat/practice shoes; a (yoga) mat or towel, a 12 by 12 inch square box of any material (approx. measure) and a band (theraband style). It will good if you can also bring (but it is not absolutely necessary) a pilates/yoga ball, and massage therapy football or a tennis ball.

MILONGA Workshop Series (normally 6 to 8 weeks duration)

This series will be offered on specific dates to be determined.

Description

Understanding the milonga rhythm; characteristics of the style. Close embrace, compact motions in simple and double beat.  Dancing on the spot vs progressing sequences. Rotations and changes of direction. Milonga “lisa” and with “traspié”. Musicality. Specific fun patterns and combinations for the social dance. The classes will be challenging and progressive, that is why it is important to commit to the whole series.

Level

A solid intermediate level in tango is required to take this series.

Registration

To take full advantage of the course, we encourage everybody who wants to participate to register in couples to the whole course. This will create a homogeneous, regular group which can progress continuously. Single registration is also allowed as long as we can keep a good balance. First come first served basis, – meaning the sooner you register, the more chances your spot will be secured. We will encourage the change of partners during the classes, although it will not be compulsory. Drop in basis will only be accepted for couples.

VALS Workshop Series (normally 8 to 10 weeks)

This series will be offered on specific dates to be determined.

Description

Specific exercises to achieve the mandatory Vals syncopation, which is different from the one in tango. Leading / following in vals rhythm. Musicality. Footwork, energy, speed and floor craft. We will adapt some tango moves to enjoy this enchanting rhythm and learn new specific moves/ combinations (progressing sequences, sequences on the spot, displacements, double turns with syncopation, complex rebounds and changes of direction in crossed system, – the most suitable system to dance Vals). Pausing within the speed. Lightness, agility and fluency in the dance.
We will encourage the change of partners during the classes, although it will not be compulsory.

Level

An intermediate to advanced level in tango is required to take this series. The course will be divided in three parts. Each part will develop in complexity and will be more demanding.  Students with more experience will be able to take the whole course.

Registration

Our goal is to create a well gendered balanced, homogeneous group which can progress continuously through the different stages of the learning process, so registration to the whole course in couples is strongly recommended to take full advantage of the course. We will also have a registration list for single followers and single leaders , so that we can partner them up on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, (we will not accept single registration at door), meaning the sooner you register, the more chances your spot will be secured. Drop in will only be accepted for couples and only during the first and second parts of the course.

TANGO BIO – Advanced (by invitation only)

This series will be offered on specific dates to be determined.

Description

Excellent understanding of the technical aspects of tango, navigation, improvisational resources and connection are major factors. You should be able to execute complex tango figures. We strongly advise that you register as a couple to get maximum benefit of the content of the class and from your time with the maestros.

Students will receive a direct invitation from the Maestros to be able to register to this course.