Argentine Tango Workshop
with Christy Coté
Singles welcome, no partner required.
Friday, November 18th at Sally Loo's, San Luis Obispo
6:30 – 7:30 pm Chamuyo and
7:30 – 9:30 pm Milonga
There is so much more to Tango than just dancing! Kick off the evening with a free discussion group (chamuyo) with Christy Coté. Get her perspective on the music, dance, and culture of Tango. Bring your questions and enjoy the evening with this personable and dynamic instructor. Come join in the fun.
Continue the evening with great food, drink, music, and most of all dancing. No cover for this social dancing event at Sally Loo's Wholesome Cafe, 1804 Osos St., San Luis Obispo (near the railroad station).
Saturday, November 19th at Motions, Atascadero 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Art of Improvisation I (beg/int)
Saturday, November 19th at Motions, Atascadero
12:00 – 1:30 pm Art of Improvisation I (beg/int)
1:30 – 3:00 pm Art of Improvisation II (int/adv)
Christy’s teaching method of breaking down the structure of Tango will help you find the freedom of a truly improvised Argentine Tango. In this workshop you will be improvising the 6 basic elements of the dance including Forward Ochos, Back Ochos, Molinetes, Walking, Crossing & Boleo while exploring the next level of elements including Lapíz, Paradas, Enrosques, Ganchos, Enganches & Barridas. It is hightly recommend to take Art of Improvisation I prior to this class unless you are an advanced dancer.
3:30 – 5:00 pm Sacadas, Sacadas, Sacadas! (adv)
Christy will take you on an exploration of the 3 types of Leader’s Sacadas in a Follower’s Molinete so that you can create your own patterns for a Salon Style Tango. Special attention will be a paid to Follower’s Technique for the most beautiful Sacada sequences! Bonus: Follower’s Sacadas too!
Saturday, November 19th at Rich & Lina's home, Atascadero
5:30pm – 7:00pm Potluck Dinner
7:00pm – 9:00pm Milonga (Social Dancing)
Join us for a potluck dinner right after class followed by a Milonga (social dancing) at Rich & Lina's home, 10205 San Lucas Rd, Atascadero, no cover. Some GPS databases may try to take you on non-existant roads in this area. So, you may want to download these detailed directions or pickup a copy in class. And yes, Christy will do a demo. You are more than welcome to change cloths here when you arrive if you would like.
Sunday, November 20th at Motions, Atascadero
12:00 – 1:30 pm Feeling the Music (beg/int)
Christy believes musicality is the key to dancing Argentine Tango at a high level. The first step is in knowing what kind of Argentine Tango music you are dancing to and what elements of the dance work best with that music. This workshop explores the 5 categories of Argentine Tango music and some examples of the elements that work best with each one for a highly satisfying dance for you and your partner.
1:30 – 3:00 pm Milonga in the Groove I (int)
This workshop will explore basic movements in close embrace for Milonga with the focus on musicality. “Milonga in the Groove” is Christy’s concept for finding your musical expression in Milonga by dancing the perfect vocabulary of elements that will allow you to reach that goal with little effort. Elements include The Milonga Walk, Turning Baldosa, Traspie & Check to Right Turn. It is hightly recommend to take this workshop prior to taking Milonga in the Groove II.
3:30 – 5:00 pm Milonga in the Groove II (adv)
This workshop will explore more advanced movements than in the prior workshop in close embrace for Milonga with the focus on musicality. These more advanced elements will include “Tres Esquinas”, Follower’s Rhythmic Play and Left Turn to Cadencia which will be blended into the elements used in Milonga in the Groove I and done to Milonga’s with a fast tempo. “Milonga in the Groove” is Christy’s concept for finding your musical expression in Milonga by dancing the perfect vocabulary of elements that will allow you to reach that goal with little effort. It is hightly recommend to take Milonga in the Groove I to prepare for this workshop.
Weekend 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.
Monday, November 21st
SLO Vets’ Hall, Grand Ave. & Monterey St., San Luis Obispo
7:00 – 8:30 pm “Ask Christy” (all levels)
Ask Christy about any element of the dance you would like to explore. Christy will give quick examples and technique tips to help improve your dance! Here are some suggestions: Barridas, Sacadas, Ganchos, Enganches, Volcadas, Cogadas, The Embrace, Posture & Connection or perhaps a particular pattern that you would like to ask about. Don’t be shy about asking, you are probably not the only one who could benefit from the answer!
8:30 – 9:30 pm Open Practica
Even if you are not interested in the class, please do join us for open practice and dancing, $5 donation (as usual) or free if you take the class.
Cost for 90-Minute Group
Cost for 90-Minute Group Classes:$30 per person per class. Register for multiple classes at once and save: 2 for $55, 3 for $80, 4 for $100, 5 for $120, 6 for $130, or all get all 7 for $140. Pre-register online.
The last 15 minutes of each 90-minute 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 available for $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.
All of Christy’s instructional DVDs will be on sale for the weekend - $20 per DVD (on-line version also available for $49). Visa and Mastercard accepted.There are 20 DVD titles in all, including:
Based in San Francisco, Christy Coté has been dancing and teaching Argentine Tango for 21 years. She is one of the most respected teachers in the U.S. today. Christy’s teaching method has been published by Dance Vision in the form of Bronze, Silver, Gold & Platinum Level videos and accompanying manuals. Christy & partner George Garcia have a total of 24 instructional videos which now have more that 25K in circulation. All are available at www.DanceVision.com.
Christy is a founding member of the all female tango company, Tango Con*Fusión (www.tangoconfusion.com). The company has performed around the U.S. and Buenos Aires to critical acclaim since 2003. Christy has also performed and taught with some of Tango’s greatest including Pampa Cortes, Carlos Gavito, Marcos Questas, Daniel Lapadula, Facundo Posadas and Eduardo Saucedo.
She has been teaching workshops here in our community since 2004.
Christy’s web site is www.ChristyCote.com.For more info: Contact Rich, (805)461-4898.
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