The beginner level is for those with absolutely no experience in tango or dancing, or those who want to review and polish basic technique. The beginner classes run in five week series, with new series starting every five weeks. The complete curriculum for the beginner class is spread over ten weeks, and can be completed by taking two consecutive series.
The goal of the beginner level classes is to provide the student with fundamental elements of Argentine Tango, including walking, the basic step, basic changes of direction, and forward and backward ochos. The proper embrace, balance, control, rhythm and basic lead or follow technique are introduced in this class as the main elements of the dance in order to improvise.
Currently the beginner class is offered three times a week. Check the calendar for the most up-to-date times and series start dates. To preregister, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
advanced beginner level
Students move to the advanced beginner level once they are comfortable with the material taught in the ten weeks of the beginner class. Occasionally students will initially attend both the beginner and advanced beginner classes at the same time to reinforce the grasp of the fundamentals. At the advanced beginner level, students initially choose one of two tracks, Salon or Club Style (Milonguero). Please see the instructors to help determine the appropriate class levels.
Basic Tango elements will be reviewed in new combinations in order to strengthen the technical background. Elements such as paradas, boleos, barridas, ganchos, amagues, giros, sacadas will be introduced. We will work on those elements in their most basic form, as well as balance, posture and coordination with your partner in order to attain accurate technique and comfortable execution in the salon style.
Club Style (Milonguero) I
Club style is the tango danced in the downtown Buenos Aires where dance halls are small and crowded. The elements taught in this class are the different rhythms danced in tango, the walking technique, changes of direction, control of the weight and weight shift, posture and embrace, the cultural aspect of the dance and the understanding of the tango music. These elements combined together will allow you to improvise and navigate on a crowded dance floor connected to your partner through the music.
The intermediate level is the broadest level offered at NETA. In addition to the second level salon and milonguero style classes, students are introduced to dancing to different types of tango music (i.e. vals and milonga). Individual technique classes are also offered to improve balance and coordination.
This class will focus on the tango elements needed to become a fluid dancer. We will work on expanding your tango salon vocabulary and to improve your navigation on the dance floor. We will also focus on technique, posture, style, and musicality.
Club Style (Milonguero) II
Continuing milonguero, including more complex changes of directions, phrasing and musicality as well as dancing to the different rhythms of tango, waltz and milonga in the same class.
Ladies’ Technique (Technique for followers).
The followers technique class is suited to all levels. Based on your level in tango you will be able to deepen on your own process and quality of your dancing. The class will start in bare foot, socks or low heel shoes with a routine of warm up and stretching exercises to develop body awareness, alignment, posture, dissociation, balance, flexibility and tango technique. We will learn to understand and execute the basic tango movements (short and long step, forward and backward ochos, boleos, molinetes and sacadas), their variations and embelishments through the connection to the music, the control of your footwork and legwork. We will find the posture through exercises that direct us to a connected embrace. We will explore our sensuality by using our whole body to fill up empty spaces.
All the above elements will be integrated as you dance with your partner to the different rhythms, styles and orchestras by listening to his invitation and coloring that structure without breaking or interrupting it and by keeping the connection through the embrace.
You will learn the rhythms and steps used in milonga lisa, contratiempo and traspie as well as their application on the dance floor. Traspie is a tool to dance at a crowded dance floor as well as to add a variety of rhythmic changes and embellishments to your dancing.
Students will learn the rhythms used in Waltz. We call it Vals Cruzado because it is danced using often the change from parallel to crossed systems, unlike the Viennese Waltz. We will explore new combinations of turns, sacadas, and boleos as well as adapting the tango figures to waltz rhythms.
At the advanced level, students are expected to have a basis in both salon and milonguero styles, familiarity with the different types of tango music and orchestras, and ample experience dancing in milongas.
The advanced class is a great opportunity for you to build your improvisation skills and create your own interpretation of Tango music. New Tango elements will be introduced to enrich your Tango vocabulary. We will work on sequences and combinations to incorporate these figures into your dance, keeping technique as the main element in order to lead and follow in a fluid and comfortable way.
Advanced level classes run for an hour and a half.
We will develop sessions in which we will work on understanding and executing challenging technical elements that are part of the choreography. We will develop performance skills through theater exercises.