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The Tango Way Curriculum

  1. Fundamentals and Technique:

    • Basic tango steps and figures: Learning the foundational elements of tango, including the walk, ochos, giros (turns), and boleos.

    • Posture and body alignment: Developing a strong and elegant posture, focusing on balance, alignment, and connection with the partner.

    • Embrace and connection: Understanding and practicing different types of embraces, emphasizing a comfortable and responsive connection with the partner.

    • Footwork and musicality: Refining footwork technique and developing an understanding of musicality, rhythm, and phrasing within tango.

  2. Musicality and Interpretation:

    • Tango music appreciation: Studying the history, styles, and different orchestras in tango music.

    • Musical interpretation: Learning to express the emotions and nuances of the music through movement, understanding the structure and dynamics of tango compositions.

    • Syncopations and pauses: Incorporating syncopations, pauses, and musical accents into the dance to enhance musicality and expression.

  3. Partner Connection and Communication:

    • Lead and follow techniques: Developing clear and effective lead and follow communication, focusing on body language, intention, and responsiveness.

    • Connection exercises: Practicing exercises and drills to improve the connection, sensitivity, and adaptability with different partners.

    • Improvisation skills: Enhancing the ability to improvise within the tango structure while maintaining connection and musicality.

  4. Style and Expression:

    • Tango styles and traditions: Exploring the different styles of tango, such as Tango de Salón, Tango Escenario, and Nuevo Tango, understanding their characteristics and origins.

    • Developing personal style: Encouraging dancers to find their own unique expression and style within the framework of Argentine tango.

    • Emotion and storytelling: Learning to convey emotions, tell stories, and create engaging and meaningful performances through movement.

  5. Performance and Choreography:

    • Choreography techniques: Developing skills in creating choreographed routines, including formations, transitions, and storytelling elements.

    • Stage presence and presentation: Focusing on stage presence, projection, and connecting with the audience during performances.

    • Rehearsal and performance preparation: Understanding the process of rehearsing, refining, and preparing for public performances.

  6. Teaching and Instruction:

    • Teaching methodology: Learning effective teaching techniques, communication skills, and methods for breaking down and explaining tango concepts to students.

    • Lesson planning and curriculum development: Developing lesson plans and structured curricula for teaching tango at different levels.

    • Providing feedback and guidance: Learning to observe and analyze students' dancing, offering constructive feedback, and providing guidance for improvement.

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