Christy Cote George Garcia

Argentine Tango The Art of Improvisation

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Argentine Tango is a language. We must understand the grammar and vocabulary of this language in order to improvise the dance allowing for creative expression of the music while navigating the dance floor. Figures provide us with sample "sentences" of the language and demonstrate to us how the grammar and vocabulary are applied. By developing a dance which is based on this grammar and vocabulary communication between the couple becomes creative, musical and ultimately takes on the true essence of Argentine Tango. These concepts will open your eyes and delight you will new found creativity!

DVD Track List

Introduction
1) The Foundation of the Dance
a) Walks
b) Cruzada
c) Forward Cross Steps/Ochos
d) Back Cross Steps/Ochos
e) Molinete
f) Boleo

2) Secrets of Improvising the 6 Elements
3) Exercises for Improvising Forward & Back Ochos & Molinetes
4) Walking Exercises in Normal System & Cross System
5) Leader's Complimentary Footwork
a) Walks
b) Cruzada
c) Forward Cross Steps/Ochos
d) Back Cross Steps/Ochos
e) Molinete
f) Boleo

Dance Demonstration

6) The Next Level
a) Paradas, Blocks & Pasadas
b) The Sandwich
c) Barridas
d) Ganchos
e) Enganche
f) Leader's Sacadas
g) Follower's Sacadas
h) Planeos
i) Calecita & Carpa
j) Change of Direction in Turns
k) Volcadas
l) Colgadas

7) Closing Thoughts

 

Approximately 114 minutes

Produced in 2004