Argentine Tango Workshop

with Jonathan Yamauchi and Olivia Levitt

Singles welcome, no partner required.


Friday, August 22nd, Adrian's Home, San Luis Obispo

6:15 – 7:00 pm Lesson
7:00 – 8:00 pm Chamuyo
8:00 – 10:00 pm Milonga

Let's warm-up with a short lesson from Jonathan & Olivia on something elegant, $10 per person. Then there is so much more to Tango than just dancing, so enjoy a free discussion group (chamuyo). Jonathan & Olivia, will discuss the music, dance, and culture of Tango, as well as the topics of their upcoming classes. Bring your questions and enjoy meeting these wonderful teachers.

Continue the evening with plenty of dancing at Adrian's home, 4375 Poinsettia. No cover for this event, but feel free to bring snacks to share.


Saturday, August 23rd, Motions, Atascadero

10:00 – 11:30 am The Tango Walk - same technique for all styles of embrace (highly recommended prerequisite for other classes)

ARE YOU WALKING WITH BEAUTIFUL TECHNIQUE?

Many National and International tango dancers know countless steps, and have come to us to learn the refinements to dance in the intimate close embrace style required on a crowded milonga floor. All tango steps, even the most complex movements -- originate from the walk. One must first master their walking technique before they will be able to proficiently execute movements (steps) that they have learned. In this workshop, you will learn how to adapt your walking technique to accomplish tight turns in the Milonguero style of dance. The walking technique we teach is the same in the apilado embrace, salon embrace, or open stage embrace.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm Dancing on a Dime to D'arienzo in the Milonguero Embrace I, Empowered with Sacadas 

In a crowded milonga, can you dance rhythmically to an entire song within the area of four tiles? Learn the technique to dancing in Buenos Aires milongas (or locally in a very tight space) which will empower you to develop a vocabulary that you can lead and follow with confidence in your next milonga.

1:30 – 3:00 pm Dancing on a Dime in the Milonguero Embrace II, with Never-Ending Giros and Change of Direction

In a crowded milonga, can you dance rhythmically to an entire song within the area of four tiles? Learn the technique to dancing in Buenos Aires milongas (or locally in a very tight space) which will empower you to develop a vocabulary that can lead and follow with confidence in your next milonga.

3:00 – 4:30 pm The Secret to Leading the Follower Rhymetically, Milonguero Style - when there is literally no room to move

Leading the follower in ochos, spiral cross and ocho cortada taking only one step (use of torso). Leading the follower to accomplish double molinetes taking only one step. Leading the follower to accomplish multiple rotational cross steps taking only one step.

BONUS - You will be able to use this technique in creating dynamic range when dancing Pugliese, Piazzolla, Demare and Calo. 

Classes at Motions Academy of Dance, Atascadero:

4040 El Camino Real, Atascadero: From Hwy 101 (north or south), exit on San Anselmo Rd. Take San Anselmo northeast, turn left on El Camino Real. It's on the left in the K-Mart Shopping Center.

Cost for Group Classes per person: $30 per person per class. Register for multiple classes at once and save: 2 for $55, 3 for $75, or all get all 4 for $90. Pre-register online.

No partners required! The last 15 minutes of each class will be for practice and/or warm-up for next class. Please try to arrive early so you don’t miss anything.

Private Instruction is $120 per hour, discounted to $100 for singles or couples who have registered for at least one group class. Please contact Rich to schedule private classes.

Honest Self-Assessment for Experienced Tango Dancers

Oftentimes, we are approached by individuals who share with us that they have attended many classes and workshops over the years, yet they are truly not happy with their technique. Some have asked us to teach them the difference between dancing on their vertical axis and dancing on their forward axis and how to seamlessly transcend between the two embraces. Others have shared that it is difficult for them to walk seamlessly in a close embrace while maintaining a consistent connection with their partner. Many have admitted a desire to learn technique that will allow them to dance on a tile in a crowded milonga.

Jonathan and Olivia can help you with these refinements and give you the keys to elongating your body through your walk from the floor through your torso, and teach you the technique behind using your adductors, psoas muscles and core to create a beautiful walk and subtle contra body movement. We will teach you proper use of your inside edge to maintain a relationship with yourself, the floor and your partner as you fully arrive on your axis with each step before taking the next step. Learn the secrets of leading with intention, or following with equal and opposite synergy. If you can identify with any of the concerns and desires of others who we have helped progress to higher levels of dancing beautiful tango -- and if you would like to be dancing regularly with advanced dancers at milongas, then perhaps we are the teachers for you.

Jonathan y Olivia’s web site is www.tangoapilado.com.




Saturday, August 23rd, San Luis Bay Estates Clubhouse, Avila Beach

6:15 – 7:00pm Lesson
7:00 – 7:30pm Potluck
7:30 – 10:30pm Milonga

Jack Girolo and Henlie Sturgeon present the 8th annual HOT AUGUST NIGHTS Milonga! Start with a lesson for all levels by Olivia and Jonathan ($10 donation per person), join in with the potluck dinner, and then dance the night away. Please RSVP with henliesturgeon at sbcglobal dot net, and arrive before 9pm when the gate closes. The Clubhouse, San Luis Bay Estates, 6375 Firehouse Canyon Rd., Avila Beach.




For more info: Contact Rich, (805)461-4898.

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