CHICAGO MINI TANGO FESTIVAL
April 10-14, 2014
Intensive Beginners Program
Instructors - Oscar Casas and Ana Miguel, Enriqueta Kleinman and Osvaldo Natucci, Eva Garlez and Pablo Rodriguez
The three-day Intensive Beginners Program is perfect for those who have never danced tango or have danced tango for less than one year, The Workshops are designed to immerse you in the essential elements of the Argentine tango social dance, including the movement, the musicality, the navigation, embrace and etiquette so you can attend and enjoy milongas (tango social dance) on your own during and after the Festival. The Practicas are designed to practice what you learned in the workshops and ask questions. The Milongas are designed as classic social dances or dance parties for everyone to enjoy.
The workshops will have limited enrollment to enhance your learning experience. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to registering for the class. We will attempt to gender balance the number of leads and follows for the workshops. Special clothing is not required, but bring comfortable, leather soled or suede soled shoes to dance in.
Program: group workshops, plus Practica. Milonga program
Teachers: Oscar and Ana, Enriqueta and Osvaldo, Eva and Pablo
Session A (Workshop) - Foundations of Tango - Posture, Embrace, Vocabulary (Oscar and Ana)
Friday evening - 5:30-7:00 pm
Session B (Workshop) - La Caminata: Walking in comfort and with connection (Enriqueta and Osvaldo)
Saturday afternoon - 3:30-4:30 pm
Session C (Workshop) - Essential Milonguero Technique: Balance, Stability, and Axis for Leaders and Followers (Enriqueta and Osvaldo)
Saturday afternoon - 4:30-5:30 pm
Saturday afternoon - 5:30-6:30 pm (joining the Afternoon Practica after session B and C)
Session D (Workshop) - Tango as a Social Dance: Leading, Following and the Line of Dance (Eva and Pablo)
Sunday afternoon - 4:00-5:00 pm
Session E (Workshop) - Rhythmical Variations: Tango, Vals and Milonga (Eva and Pablo)
Sunday afternoon - 5:00-6:00 pm
Evening Milonga Program - includes all the evening milongas in the Festival, including all night milongas on Saturday and Sunday.
Cost for the "Intensive Workshop for Beginners"
- Cost after March 1, 2013:
- $225 per person for Intensive Beginner Program and evening milonga pass
- $175 for full time student for Intensive Beginner Program and evening milonga pass
Click here to register (write "Intensive Workshop for Beginners" in the notes).
Some Tango Definitions
Milonga - A word used to describe two different things: (1) a tango social dance event in general, and (2) a specific kind of tango music that is a lively, early style of tango with an up-tempo beat. At a Milonga (tango social dance event), music is usally played in tandas or sets of three or four songs , during which dancers stay with the same partner. The milonga style of music is usually used along with the other two principal styles of tango music, tango and vals.
Tanda - Set of tango songs -- usually three or four songs -- of a particular style of music and usually from the same orchestra lasting 10-12 minutes. Couples normally dance a tanda together, before they are seated and change partners.
Cortina - A break song or transition song of an entirely different musical style lasting at least 30 seconds that signals to the dancers that the tanda is over and the next one will begin shortly. During cortinas, couples thank each other for the dance and return to their seats so they can prepare for the next dance.
Practica - A tango practice session where dancers can work on new steps and where they can iron out problems with their dance. Music is usually played continuously and someone is usually available to assist couples, as needed. Milongas, which are more structured, should not be confused with Practicas.
Codigos - Tango 'codes of ethics' or guidelines for people attending and dancing at a milonga. These guidelines govern people's behavior while at the milonga -- entering a milonga, being seated, for chosing a partner, dancing, watching others dance, and leaving the dance. Respecting the codigos provides some discipline on the dance floor and allows everyone to more fully enjoy their time at the milonga.
- Typically the man asks the women to dance, instead of the woman asking the man.
- If possible, use the cabaceo method to find a partner, which helps people "save face" when choosing a dance partner. (The cabaceo is agreeing to dance through the subtle inclination of the head, through eye-contact or a wink.)
- After two people agree to dance, the man should then approach the women while she remains seated. The man stops near the edge of the dance floor closest to where she is sitting. The woman then stands up and approaches her partner.
- More experienced couples dance on the edge of the dance floor. Less skilled dancers dance in the middle.
- When dancing, don't confuse the social dance floor with a stage (see below).
- At the end of a tanda, the man accompanies the women to her seat, before chatting with others or returning to his seat.
Milonga Floorcraft - Respect the line of dance
- All milongas have a have a line of dance, where couples slowly circle the outside of the dance floor in a counter-clockwise direction.
- Couples should stay in their lane and maintain their same position in the line of dance until the end of a song. No zig-zagging in and out of the line of dance.
- Avoid passing the couple in front of you. Never pass a couple on the outside (side closest to the seating area). If a couple is stopped in front of you or moving slower than you'd like, dance in place with your partner until the other couples starts moving again.
- Leads or follows should not teach at a milonga, no no one should ask for tips and no one should ask for suggestions. Milongas are to enjoy, while lessons or tips are for practicas or classes. Milongas are social events and not places to call attention to what others are doing wrong.
- During a dance, particularly during a crowded dance, keep all of your feet on the floor. No high boleos on a busy floor. That helps avoid injuries to other dancers with a mis-directed spiked heel.
- Respect the space of others in front of you and others behind you in the line of dance. There is a small amount of space around you that's only yours, while the rest of the space is shared space. It's up to you to know the difference.
- Don't disrupt the dance of others. Your responsibility is to keep circulating without bothering other dancers on the dance floor. If you want to stop and work on something, either leave the dance floor or go to the middle.