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TangoBreath and TangoLab classes, Wednesday, February 22

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012 in Announcements | 0 comments

Argentine Tango classes for beginning and advanced dancers,
Every Wednesday in Asheville!

Followed by a 2 hour practica.

Join us this Wednesday, for another tangoBreath and tangolab.

Check out our new article on Forward head posture.
Last week’s body awareness challenge is “Perceiving the dynamic sacrum”.

In this week’s class we are continuing with creating a yummy embrace as we incorporate and explore the many movements we discovered in the ocho cortado.

In TangoBreath we will continue our work from previous classes with adornos by adding a few more.  These movements are becoming more important as we continue to explore their effect within the embrace in TangoLab.

In TangoLab  we will begin, as always, with presence in the embrace and subtle core movement. This is the perfect way to start learning Argentine tango. We will continue working with variations in linear movement while we begin incorporating the many choices in direction when following a pivot.

Last week we completely dismantled the ocho cortado, this week we will continue to explore all of its parts and the mirrors and reversals of those parts. Including an examination of linear and circular crosses.

As always our class will incorporate changes in direction, and how our internal movement brings life to the embrace. Including how to find which foot your partner is on while creating the opportunity for adornos, and a dynamic, great feeling embrace.

This week’s orchestra is Carlos Di Sarli, which will be quite refreshing after the last few weeks of Biagi. Di Sarli’s music makes it easy to hear the phrasing.  Kiki and bouba, are now living at Homewood, so they will always be available to add a visual to what you are hearing and feeling in the music.

Wednesday at Homewood, 19 Zillicoa, Asheville, NC. Map.

Classes start at 7:00, Practica starts at 9:00, BYOB.

There are no prerequisites for any of the TangoLab classes.

TangoBreath: 7:00 $5
TangoLab: 8:00 $5
Practica: 9-11:00 $7
Entire Night: $12

We hope to see you there!

TangoBreath and TangoLab classes, Wednesday, February 15th

Posted by on Feb 14, 2012 in Announcements, Asheville Events | 0 comments

Argentine Tango classes for beginning and advanced dancers,
Every Wednesday in Asheville!

Join us this Wednesday, for another tangoBreath and tangolab.

Check out our new article on Forward head posture.
Last week’s body awareness challenge is Balance your head!“.

In this week’s class we are continuing with creating a yummy embrace as we explore changes of direction and pivots. Including variations on the incredibly simple ocho cortado.

In TangoBreath we will continue our work from previous classes with adornos by adding a few more.  These movements are becoming more important as we continue to explore their effect within the embrace in TangoLab.

In TangoLab  we will begin, as always, with presence in the embrace and subtle core movement. This is the perfect way to start learning Argentine tango. We will continue working with variations in linear movement while we begin incorporating the many choices in direction when following a pivot.

We will continue our exploration of the ocho cortado and variations. Find out why the ocho cortado is just a fancy name for a simple everyday step. We will examine this very simple movement, and the options for exiting it as single movements which can be applied everywhere, not just following the two steps that are called “ocho cortado”.

As always our class will incorporate changes in direction, and how our internal movement brings life to the embrace. Including how to find which foot your partner is on while creating the opportunity for adornos, and a dynamic, great feeling embrace.

This week’s orchestra is Rodolfo Biagi, perfect for being hit over the head with phrasing and learning to search out sweetness.  This week we will bring out the kiki and bouba, so the music will be extra fun.

Wednesday at Homewood, 19 Zillicoa, Asheville, NC. Map.

Classes start at 7:00, Practica starts at 9:00, BYOB.

There are no prerequisites for any of the TangoLab classes.

TangoBreath: 7:00 $5
TangoLab: 8:00 $5
Practica: 9-11:00 $7
Entire Night: $12

We hope to see you there!

Forward head posture and Argentine tango

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in Article, Beginning, Posture, Visualization | 5 comments

Bad posture is a common problem.

I recently gave a weekly challenge to create awareness of our posture, “Scrunch your shoulders, fix your posture!”. The exercise is specifically targeted at slouched shoulders and a forward head posture. After posting it, I received a few emails from tango dancers and non-dancers, all thanking me for the reminder. Many said that this particular exercise is something they’ve been told to do. As I was writing this article, it came time for another body awareness challenge, so I posted “Balance your head!”, which generated even more feedback. Clearly, bad posture is a problem that many of us are struggling with.

Balance your head

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 in Beginning, Challenges, Visualization | 0 comments

head forward posture is bad for you.This week’s body awareness challenge is continuing with posture awareness. This week we are creating awareness of forward head poster with “balance your head”. Forward head posture can be the source of several other posture problems. All of which make Argentine tango and life, more difficult.

Moving With Your Line of Gravity

Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 in Article, Beginning, Concepts, Visualization | 0 comments

Moving the line of gravity literally covers more ground

In the last post I described how the relationship between the center of movement and the line of gravity created internal dynamic tension which is a part of what creates presence or intention within the embrace. Moving the line of gravity literally covers more ground, but is easier to explain than the micro movements that create dynamic tension.

Any movement starts by moving our center away from our line of gravity to create dynamic tension. Our center of movement can be imagined as being a spot at the top of our sacrum in the center of our body. Standing still, the center of movement is intersected by our line of gravity.

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