Tango 100 5-Month Intensive
next semester starts january 16
Tango 100 is a 5-month tango course designed primarily for those truly serious about learning to dance tango. The class is structured to build up a strong foundation of the elements of tango in 5 separate series lasting one month each, with students making a month-to-month commitment. At the end of the 5 months, students will have covered the fundamental components of modern tango and developed strong skills in the dance.
EACH MONTHLY SERIES INCLUDES:
8 hours of group instruction (Wednesdays 8-10pm)
14 hours of open practice* (Fridays 8-10pm & Saturdays 3-5pm)
A 30 min. video assessment* 3 times/semester
Homework and practice requirement: each student must commit to a minimum of 1h of group practice per week outside of class
* All practica sessions and private lessons are held at LATA HQ: 7415 Costello Ave | Van Nuys | CA 91405
Tango 100 Curriculum
An introduction to Tango concepts, connection, musicality, and movement. This Program is for anyone who's never danced Tango before, but also for the experienced Tango dancer to go back and clean up their basics.
TANGO 101: LA SALIDA BASICA
Studying “La Salida Basica”, or “The Basic Exit”, which is the first of several classic figures designed over decades to develop strong skills in the dance. We'll also introduce five of the most common steps used on the dance floor.
Week 1: The Basic Exit
Week 2: The Walk
Week 3: Back Crosses
Week 4: Rock Steps
TANGO 102: EL OCHO
More physical drilling of the basic tango movements, followed by an exploration of the second classic figure, “El Ocho”, or forward ochos from the cross. The last part of class focuses on the most useful Milonguero variations based on the inherent rhythm in the ocho cortado.
Week 1: El Ocho (with Pasadas)
Week 2: El Ocho Cortado
Week 3: The Club Style Basic
Week 4: The Club Style Basic with Pasada
TANGO 103: LA PARADA
More sophisticated drills, introducing the “molinete”, followed by working on “La Parada”, or “The Stop”. Each class ends with more work on useful turns, with both plenty of review and new variations.
Week 1: La Parada (w/abanico)
Week 2: Walk to Parada
Week 3: La Media Luna
Week 4: La Media Luna with The Club Style Basic
TANGO 104: BACK OCHOS
Continuing with drills and physical training, then working on Back 8s, or the classic back ocho/parada combination. This is followed by a thorough treatment on bridging the gap between the Milonguero and Salon aesthetics with regards to ochos in general.
Week 1: Back 8s
Week 2: Back Crosses with a Parada
Week 3: Back Crosses with a Turn to the Left (Club Style)
Week 4: Back Crosses with a Turn to the Right (la Media Luna)
TANGO 105: MUSICALITY
Continuing with drills and physical training, then working on gaining a greater understanding of the musicality. This is followed by a thorough treatment on bridging the gap between the Milonguero and Salon aesthetics with regards to ochos in general.
Week 1: Structure & Phrasing
Week 2: Moving the Double Time in the Basica
Week 3: A Number's Game
Week 4: Unlocking Your Creativity
Before your first lesson
Do I need previous dance experience?
Do I need a partner?
No! During class we encourage everyone to rotate partners to get the most out of the lesson, but if you feel strongly that you’d rather dance with one partner, that's ok too.
What should I wear?
Please wear comfortable clothes that allows you to move your legs freely. No pencil skirts or super skinny jeans!
Comfortable shoes for dancing?
Leather soles please! For ladies, a low-heeled comfortable shoe with a closed toe. For guys, dress shoes/loafers, on the narrow side. You can also get by in sneakers like Puma, Converse or Tom's shoes. If you have no suitable shoes, socks will do just fine!
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Water & breath mints - the latter, a Tango dancer necessity! But don’t worry, we usually have some on hand in case you forget :)
We'd love to hear from you, please contact us with any questions or comments: