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Online Tango Classes- Live

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Online Tango classes and practices are here to stay, at least for the time being. And though we are all missing being in an actual class with other people, I think, that going to a virtual class is a way to feel like we are part of community, to feel less disconnected, to learn from people at the other end of the world and possibly even make some new friends.

So 2021 is finally here and I am definitely ready for new adventures. I hope you will be joining me to these very adventures for Tango M&M(movement and music) and Fitness

All classes will be held online, through Zoom, and you will have access to all recordings after each class to keep for life and revisit. We will also plenty of prep materials that will give you a better understanding on how our bodies where built to move

Schedule for our 10 weeks of classes:

  1. Tango M&M (movement and music) on
    Sundays 12:00-1:30pm starting on January 24 
    This is a Tango class for individuals and partners with some experience in Tango. You need to know a bit of Tango as you can’t learn Tango from this class. You will advance your level and understanding and overall you will better your dance.
  2. Fitness and stretching on
    Thursdays 5:15-6:15pm starting January 21

    Low impact fitness and stretching routines that will be built to go hand-in-hand with our Tango in order to strengthen our bodies and our understanding of movement.
    This is an all-levels class with a suitable pace and multiple alternatives to each exercise

Both modules will be coordinated around 3 fundamental Tango elements,

  • posture & walking
  • pivoting & turning and
  • rhythm and music

If you have taken our classes before, the structure of the class will be exactly the same, meaning that it will have a good balance of technique, exercises and dance. However the schedule for our classes will be  a little different this time as we will be doing 2 classes of movement technique followed by a musicality class to put what we learn to the music. So 2 technical classes followed by a musicality class.

Our goal is not simply to dance better and move better..!
But also to understand strengths and limitations unique to each and everyone of us, to establish a safe path to get to our Tango goals and to acknowledge any risks along that path… I am sure everybody hates back pain while dancing, right? 😉

Outline of our Online Classes

Tango Classes will have the following outline:

  1. Posture and Walks; we will spend 2 classes here, spending more time exploring the relationship between the two and expanding our options on and off the dance floor. In most cases, depending on our previous experience we cued to not change our posture and not to move the spine so much, however we will find those tiny movements that make our walks and overall our dance efficient
  2. Musicality; Posture, walking and the embrace will be put to the music. Get ready to get expressive and creative! Won’t say no more..!
  3. Pivots, ochos and giros; we will have 2 classes here spending sometime in the different kinds of ochos and turns we have and need in Tango and how we can make them more efficient in our bodies
  4. Musicality; 2 classes here this time as we need extra time to differentiate between the different types of movement directed by the music (linear, circular progressive and circular) and we will also spend some time working on the rhythm of the giro itself
  5. Shapes: sacadas and boleos;  a general categorization we can make in Tango is between steps and shapes. Meaning walks, ochos and giros, can be executed, maybe not in the greatest way, through an accurate, clear lead; however sacadas, boleos, planes, ganchos etc are shapes and can only be created if the follower knows of them. We will spend 2 classes here
  6. Musicality; this as the class of the season will be choreography class attempting to capture all of the above. So not sequences we can do on the dance floor but small choreographed pieces bringing all the elements above together on the music

Fitness classes will be a combination of low-impact cardio, muscle work, dance fitness, yoga and Pilates to help us work on the same themes as in our Tango classes only from a fitness point of view

What have our students said about our classes:

We asked our students what was the most surprising discovery the made during or after our class; here are their answers:

  • “The beauty of movement when it comes from an awareness of how our bodies were created to move.”
  • “Changes don’t happen right in class, they build up and appear after”
  • “Hmmm. I think it was how much my “thinking” about what I was trying to do helped my ability to do it. In other words – a combination of your explanations which were (mostly) very complete) and practicing very slowly with thought made It possible for me to do things that I didn’t think I could do”
  • “Knowing how my body works during specific movements”

Ready to register? Choose what works for you below:

  1. Strictly Tango (10 classes)
    • $10.00 per class ($100 total):
    • $15.00 per class ($150 total):
    • $20.00 per class ($200 total):
  2. Fitness and Stretching (10 classes)
    1. $10.00 per class ($100 total):
    2. $15.00 per class ($150 total):
    3. $20.00 per class ($200 total):
  3. Give me access to both (20 classes)
    1. $10.00 per class ($200 total):
    2. $15.00 per class ($300 total):
    3. $20.00 per class ($400 total):
Extra Bonus-es
  • All classes are recorded and a downloadable link is sent out to participant at the end of each classes
  • Prep and follow up materials to help students prepare and explore further the elements at hand are sent out for each class
  • Making communication during and outside the class as easy as possible. Any student can reach out at any time with a question or questions either email or social media; share a video or set a video call if they have concerns or if something is not quite working out.
How will this work:

Every week  you will receive the  Zoom link to the class and your password.
Before every class you will receive prep materials in the form of a pdf or video. This would be your first chance to go through the materials and ask any questions prior to the class.
If any equipment are needed, usually they are not, that will also be included in that weekly email prior to the class

Now following the class, you will receive an email with follow-up materials and a link to the full video of the class. You can reach out to me any time with questions, comments and thoughts either through email or on social media.

Aaaand this is not over yet we have our Pay from the Heart sessions; a series of 5 classes on Mindfulness and Music exploring themes ranging from posture, walking, rhythm, expressivity, movement and stillness

Last but not least, we will have our weekly online Tango practice every Wednesday, our Mid-week tango practice
Actually to get an idea of the philosophy behind the schedule, check our latest practice, scrolling to the end of this page: Online Tango Practice
The practice will be following the above themes however you can invite friends to join us, as well!

Answers to your most common questions
  1. Will I learn Tango from this class?
    No, unfortunately not. You can’t learn Tango from this class. You need to have some Tango experience. If you want to learn about anatomy though, while doing some dance moves, then join us!
  2. Is this only for leaders or followers?
    This class is for all dancers, as it deals with movement technique not specific to leaders or followers
  3. Is this for beginners?
    Absolutely! It is an all level, all style, all role class
  4. Will I get access to previous classes?
    Yes! You will!
  5. Can I pay per class?
    Though it makes logistics much easier if you don’t, if there no way you can avoid it contact me at: chrisa.assis@bautanz.com
    At least 48hrs prior to the class you want to take.
  6. What time are the classes on in my country?
    This is taking place in Toronto Canada, find what time will be at your place here: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

I truly hope to see you there and then! Stay tuned for more information as it will soon be available! For questions or concerns you want to share contact me at: chrisa.assis@bautanz.com

🙂
Chrisa

Constructing Dance

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