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Elegance and Aesthetics in Tango

Elegance and Aesthetics in Tango

Argentine Tango is a dance tha t is strongly focused on the communication in the couple and the sensations resulting from that communication. However, it is also a dance that we call elegant, sensual and strikingly beautiful. But what does it mean to dance beautifully? Where does tango aesthetics come from and how can we improve the visual and sensed quality of our movement in tango, alone and together with a partner? Is beauty something we only require of the followers or does the leader’s role have an aesthetic component?

Before answering these questions we have to remind ourselves that aesthetics are a skill in itself, quite different from training leading and following or improving your technique. It is, however, intrinsically related to the technique and as a skill aesthetics can be developed both in solo and in partner practice. Our Elegance and Aesthetics in Tango workshop will give you an overview of parameters involved in dancing elegantly, starting from the very basics such as posture, and finishing with more complex figures like voleos.

This workshop is for followers, leaders and couples alike, including exercises both for solo technique and partner communication. We have worked hard as a team – Veronica Toumanova, Silvia Bivolaru and Winston Veerender to create a well structured tango course that will g ive you the foundation for Tango technique and build upon it to create elegance in your Tango. If you are an experienced dancer, you will get a new perspective with finer details to improve your Tango. If you are in the early stages of Tango, the material covered will set you up very well for the rest of your Tango journey.


Important Notes:

  • You will get a copy of the presentation to keep for yourself and also a full recording of the workshops. Please note that the times mentioned below are London times which is GMT+1 on the timezone.
  • Please convert to your timezone to get your local times. If you have any queries, please email info@city-academy.com. If you miss a workshop for any reason, you will still receive the full recording to view at your own time too.
  • If you are booking for the workshop internationally from outside the UK, please choose credit/debit card as the option rather than bank transfer. If you face any issues, please send an email to info@city-academy.com.

Workshop 1 : Elegant Posture

In this module we will discuss what we really mean when we call someone elegant and more specifically how we can develop an elegant posture. We will look into postural alignment from the point of view of tango but also yoga. We will identify the dynamics of maintaining a beautiful posture in movement and see how to create an aesthetically pleasing embrace for followers and leaders. bank transfer. If you face any issues, please send an email to info@city-academy.com.


Workshop 2 : Beautiful Walk

In this module we will analyse what makes a walk beautiful, inspired by the particular aesthetics of walking in the style of “tango salon”. We will discuss the workings of the standing leg and the lines of the free leg, as well as posture and connection to the partner. We will answer questions such as “when do I bend the knee”, as well as how to walk with large steps. In partner work you will be able to improve your walk both in open and in close embrace.


Workshop 3: Aesthetics of Pivoting, Paradas & Embellishments

In this module we will work on pivoting from the point of view of aesthetics. Pivots are often the very element which we like to embellish. However, the aesthetics are not only present in the adornos, but in the entire movement. We will look at the correct pivoting posture, the function of each leg and then connect it to the music by interpreting PARADAS and PASADAS. In paradas we often want to make a pause and give the follower time and space to create beautiful shapes with her free leg. This will allow us to understand how aesthetics are inseparably connected to musical interpretation and how we can improve the quality of our movement by improving our musicality.


Workshop 4: Elegant Complexity: Voleos Front & Back

In this module we will work on some complex figures, such as front voleos and a low plus middle-high back voleo. Complex figures are more challenging both in technique and in couple communication, so often we feel particularly clumsy and helpless dancing complex moves. Also, leaders often feel that while the follower is doing her beautiful voleo, the leader’s position is far from elegant. We will therefore analyse the correct voleo technique for the follower but also the moves of the leader, creating aesthetically pleasing lines for both roles.

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To make membership fees more manageable, these breaks are accounted for within your monthly instalments across the year. This means there are no breaks in your monthly payments.

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We offer a full refund or full credit if you cancel at least 72 hours before your first Company rehearsal.
We cannot offer any refund if you cancel less than 72 hours before your first Company rehearsal.

Please see Membership Subscription Details (above) for information on when and how you can cancel your ongoing subscription, once you have already started the Jazz Dance Company.

(For more information please see our terms and conditions)

Register your interest

We will be publishing new class dates soon - please register your interest and we will be in touch with more information.

First Name*
Last Name*
Email Address*
Phone Number*

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Membership Subscription Details 

Membership to the Company will cover you for all classes, rehearsals and all shows from your joining date. The Company rehearses throughout the year, with the following breaks: Easter (one week break), Summer (3-week break) and Christmas.

To make membership fees more manageable, these breaks are accounted for within your monthly instalments across the year. This means there are no breaks in your monthly payments.

Online & Phone Bookings

Online – To book your selected class/course online, just click Book Now next to your chosen class/course.

Cash & Cheque Payments

Cash - You are welcome to pay cash, just come and see us at our office: City Academy, 38 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4RN
Cheque - You can also pay by cheque by filling out this form (click here) and posting it to the address above.

Cancellations Policy

We offer a full refund or full credit if you cancel at least 72 hours before your first Company rehearsal.
We cannot offer any refund if you cancel less than 72 hours before your first Company rehearsal.

Please see Membership Subscription Details (above) for information on when and how you can cancel your ongoing subscription, once you have already started the Jazz Dance Company.

(For more information please see our terms and conditions)

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