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Workshops

Master Classes

- for teachers only!
- 3 hours class time plus 30 min. break
- cover fundamental teaching-related topics thoroughly
- no partner needed
- no role classification needed

Master Class 1 (Cristina & Homer): Games and Exercises [English]

Our first master class of the weekend will embody a wealth of teaching experience based on a few of our favorite games and exercises. Games include: “D'Arienzo surprise”, “Serenade”, “Thai Chi Tango”, “Sacada Experimentation Lab”, etc.. Drills include: “Four Corners of the Feet”, “Push the Statue”, “Together we Ocho”, “Sugarbowl Embrace”, “Captain Morgan and The Pendulum”, etc.

Master Class 2 (Cristina & Homer): Off-Axis Movements [English]

In this class we will present our teaching methodology and provide the basic frame work for connection, support/safety, and musicality for off-axis material (including colgadas and volcadas). We will also explore creative and function uses of both, including leg wraps and boleos.

Master Class 3 (Cristina & Homer): Tango Roles, Teaching Couples and Gender [English]

Our final master class will explore our experiences and hints when teaching with a partner. We will also address gender roles in tango and teaching vocabulary, including pronoun/language specification. Finally, within our abilities as teachers, we will consider the future of tango and whether or not it's possible to shift the current Patriarchal model to a more balanced one.


Special Classes

- for teachers only!
- 1,5 hours class time
- cover special aspects, concepts, techniques or knowledge for teachers
- no partner needed
- no role classification needed

Special Class 1 (Maria & Pasi): The Concept of ‘Cambio de Dirección’ [English]

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Special Class 2 (Laura & Andreas): Miteinander tanzen statt führen und folgen [German]

Das Konzept von „führen und folgen“ wird auf der Tanzfläche nicht selten zu einem „aktiv und passiv“. Wir wollen durch gezielte Übungen Wege erarbeiten, bei Tangoschülern die Achtsamkeit, Musikalität und Kreativität für beide Rollen zu verbessern. Wir möchten dadurch die Tänzer/innen an ein kreatives Miteinander heranführen ohne sich in Tanzfiguren zu verlieren.

Special Class 3 (Maria & Pasi): The Structure of Boleos [English]

This class covers the structural variations of boleos and their relation to the music (dynamical and rhythmical analysis).

Special Class 4 (Maria & Pasi): Journey through the History of Tango [English]

Come and experience the decades of development of tango music and dance in one single class!!! You can study with us how different styles of dancing were developed during the years for different reasons, and how the music and the dance are connected with them.


Open Classes

- for everybody interested
- general level of dancing: high intermediate / advanced
- 1,5 hours class time
- cover topics of dance technique, musicality and styles
- no partner needed for inscription (but advisable if you refuse to work with random partners)
- role classification (leading / following) required

Open Class 1 (Cristina & Homer): The Organic Tango Way [English]

A rigorous investigation of part of our dance methodology, focused on the body/axis lead/follow relationship, that yields itself to beautiful micro-sequences such as forward boleos to follower's overturned back sacadas.

Open Class 2 (Laura & Andreas): Milonga traspié - die Entdeckung der Langsamkeit [German]

Auch die Milonga ist mehr als schneller Rhythmus. Sie erzählt uns wie der Tango Geschichten, die wir tanzen möchten, indem wir Dynamik und Rhythmus variieren. Es geht in dieser Klasse um schöne Ideen für die Milonga traspié. Aber wir wollen sie ohne Atemlosigkeit, ohne Hetze und ohne „Abtanzen“ von Figuren einsetzen.

Open Class 3 (Laura & Andreas): Das Spiel mit der engen Umarmung [German]

Für Viele ist eine schöne Umarmung einer der Gründe, überhaupt Tango zu tanzen. Wie können wir sie komfortabel und schön gestalten und uns Freiheiten für Spielereien im Tanz erobern? Wir ertanzen uns in dieser Klasse schöne Ideen für den Salon mit Augenmerk auf eine flexible und dennoch innige Umarmung.

Open Class 4 (Maria & Pasi): Journey through the History of Tango [English]

Come and experience the decades of development of tango music and dance in one single class!!! You can study with us how different styles of dancing were developed during the years for different reasons, and how the music and the dance are connected with them.

Open Class 5 (Cristina & Homer): Cross Footed Traspie's [English]

Using the milonga rhythm we will try to spice up our connection and musicality with linear and circular cross footed syncopations. The basics of melodic vs rhythmic traspie will be emphasized.

Open Class 6 (Cristina & Homer): Alterations to Vals Music [English]

This class will begin by presenting a common example and ending with the general theory of alterations. We will use Vals music for expression and syncopation. Time permitted, we will investigate other properties of alterations.

 

Masterclasses: sponsored by the Thüringer Staatskanzlei and the Cultural Directorate of the City Administration Erfurt. We also thank the Thüringer Tanzverband e.V. for their support.

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