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Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in Beginning, Challenges, Concepts, Posture, Practice, Visualization | 3 comments

Finding awareness.

Finding awareness.

Body awareness challengesIn the last few months we have given some rather intense workshops for beginners that included some prerequisite homework. Among them was a series of challenges to get our students into the proper frame of mind for the classes. Everyone came to class with an idea of what they were getting into, and a fresh view of themselves standing and walking through their days. This greatly facilitated the classes and allowed everyone the chance to really get a handle on this dance we love. This challenge is an expansion of the first challenge we gave as homework.

Walking is something we do every day without thinking. This challenge is about finding awareness as you walk and stand through out your day. Once you do, walking and standing may never be the same for you again.

To begin, we will start with a concentrated effort in finding awareness. You will want to revisit this concentrated exercise every so often. Over time, you will find your awareness of how you walk and stand invading your everyday movement, from standing up from your desk, to walking down the hall, to pushing a cart or standing in line at the grocery.

 

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Posted by on Sep 14, 2012 in Announcements, Asheville Events, Beginning, Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Another foundations immersive Tango class.

Another foundations immersive Tango class.

Due to popular demand, Eric and Susannah are excited to announce another immersive foundations tango class!

Tango class axisThis class will follow a different format from the last, with a stronger emphasis on connection and subtle movement, while diving deeper into visualizing proper posture and movement. We will be incorporating parts of our Tangobreath vinyasa in class to create awareness and Provide practice techniques that will go well beyond class time.

This 4-hour class continues our exploration of essential technique in Argentine tango to prepare you to attend milongas (social dances) and practicas in a much shorter time than a more traditional series. We will also be inviting experienced dancers in our community to participate, so that you will have the opportunity to work with individuals who can give you personalized and knowledgeable feedback during the class.

tango class at the West Asheville Vineyard, 717 HaywoodSaturday, October 6th
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The West Asheville Vineyard, 717 Haywood Road
$40.00 pre-registration
DEADLINE FOR REGISTERING: Friday, September 28th

We need to have a minimum number of participants to offer this class, so we encourage you to pre-register or contact us soon, if you are interested!  We will also be providing more pre-class study material and exercises, so be sure to let us know you are coming!

Additional IMPORTANT information:

We structure our classes in unique ways in order to delve into deep studies and explorations of our bodies and the material. Since we want you to get the best experience and assimilate the most from this intense class, we will have some required exercises and material before the lesson. We will provide all of this material to you a week or more in advance.

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Immersive Foundations Tango Class $40
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Posted by on Jul 26, 2012 in Announcements, Asheville Events, Beginning, Past Events | 3 comments

Immersive Beginning Tango Class

Eric and Susannah of TangoBreath are excited to announce a new immersive beginning tango class!

This is the perfect opportunity to dive into this dance if you have been curious. And this is the class for you if you have been wanting to have an intense, working review of the heart of this dance — core movement, good posture, and refined body awareness!

This 4-hour class would cover essential technique in Argentine tango to prepare you to attend milongas (social dances) and practicas in a much shorter time than a more traditional series. We will also be inviting experienced dancers in our community to participate, so that you will have the opportunity to work with individuals who can give you personalized and knowledgeable feedback during the class.

Sunday, August 26th

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The West Asheville Vineyard, 717 Haywood Road

$40.00 pre-registration
DEADLINE FOR REGISTERING: Friday, August 17th

We need to have a minimum number of participants to offer this class, so we encourage you to pre-register or contact us soon, if you are interested!

Additional IMPORTANT information:

We structure our classes in unique ways in order to delve into deep studies and explorations of our bodies and the material. Since we want you to get the best experience and assimilate the most from this intense class, we will have some required exercises and material before the lesson. We will provide all of this material to you two weeks in advance.

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Immersive Beginning Tango Class $40
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Posted by on Apr 5, 2012 in Beginning, Challenges, Concepts | 0 comments

Finding circles and spirals in our walk

Finding circles and spirals in our walk

Becoming aware of the circles and spirals that happen in our body as we walk.

This challenge builds on our last challenge, Sinking into our Standing leg.  We will use that same exercise, but apply it to every step we take as we walk.  Walking down the street, the hallway, the grocery store, give this a try, but try not to think about it too much. Do this once at home, with focus, then do it whenever you walk somewhere, even if it is just for a few steps. Our goal is to become aware of the circles and spirals that our body creates internally as we walk. Ultimately we want to relax into a healthy balanced walk and remain aware of how our body is moving and how it feels.

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Posted by on Mar 8, 2012 in Article, Beginning, Concepts, Visualization | 0 comments

Imagery and the internal flow of movement in Argentine tango.

Imagery and the internal flow of movement in Argentine tango.

The flow of movement between partners can appear magical.

Every week in TangoLab, we start class with some exercise to create awareness of our partners through the embrace. Our goal is to encourage dancers to create and sense movement in response to one another. Beginners, even those that come from other dance backgrounds, are always amazed at how this internal flow of movement works to create a conversation between partners. When done very subtly, it can be difficult to see any flow of movement, yet we are speaking volumes, and responding to one another. It might seem like magic.

The way we think and what we think can either enable us, or hinder us, in our goals to create beautiful dynamic movement.

Explaining what needs to happen to internalize the flow of movement is difficult, however, which is why it is so important to choose our words and imagery carefully. There are many phrases and words that are commonly and casually used when teaching or learning Argentine tango.  In our teaching, we have discarded many of them because they are vague or have multiple meanings. It is a careful practice to put these things away, not use them, and find a thorough and meaningful replacement when needed.

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