Six week Beginning Argentine Tango series class taught on Monday nights, January 27 - March 10 (no class 2/17) at PCC Sylvania Campus
No partner necessary.
This class WILL improve your lead/follow and musicality chops in any partner dance.
Argentine Tango is a subtle, magical and sensuous dance all about an intimate three-way conversation between a leader, a follower and the music. This is not the flashy, choreographed performance tango as seen on TV, nor is it anything like ballroom "tango". Although there are kicks and leg wraps, it is really about many embraced couples, each in their own little world, progressing slowly around the floor for a set of three songs lasting about nine blissful minutes, then it's off to form a connection with a new partner.
Direction and timing are entirely lead/follow. Each dance is step-by-step improvisational using ones own interpretation of the unique music as the guide. There are three basic rhythms; tango, vals (waltz) and the more upbeat and folksy milonga. What other dance is it usual and great fun to switch in and out of dancing on opposite feet from your partner.
The tango community in Portland is huge and there is at least one practice, dance or both every day/night of the week.
Tango is a low-impact dance and I know of several couples in their 80s still dancing on a regular basis.
In the interest of full disclosure, tango does not come quickly, getting to the bliss stage takes awhile. But, even if you find you don't care for the dance, this class will immensely improve your lead/follow and musicality chops! At blues dance events, I am finding it great fun to play at combining some tango fundementals with slow blues dancing.
If you have already had some tango instruction, most instructors encourage regularly going back to beginning classes as a way to refine those all important basics and to help encourage beginners to get involved.
The instructor, Amy PK, has a very good reputation in the Portland tango community. I took this class with Amy last term and found her to be a very good teacher and the class to be a good mix between fundamentals and the fun stuff. Based on last time, most of the instruction will probably be in open-embrace (the better way to learn the fundamentals of connection) with perhaps a little intro to close-embrace.
The class has a tuition cost of $59 (less than $10 each for six 80 minute classes is a very good deal!). You must pre-register on the PCC website. The class number is 16333 and a link to the listing is here.
If you think you are going to attend, please register sooner rather than later so the instructor has an idea of how many of which gender are signed up. If after the first class you find you'd rather be bowling, my understanding is that PCC will let you cancel and give you a refund up to the Friday following the first class, so come on and give it a try!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.