Upcoming Tango and Tangofusion/Neotango-workshops  around Brisbane/Sunshine Coast/Gold Coast

Update: I have spent many months in Europe and there are no regular workshops scheduled for the remaining year. We are in Brisbane and available for private classes until Dec 17, 2018 and then again after February 2019.

Workshop 1 (out of 2) Theme: “Three powerful Neotango elements you can use already tonight!”

Date: May 12 or 13 (weekend, day will be announced soon), 2018
Venue: Runaway Bay Community Centre, Gold Coast, Australia – Part of the 2018 Australian Neotango Festival
Price: 19 AUD (1 hour)
Target group: All levels. No need to bring a partner. Difficulty can be adjusted to your own level (beginner to advanced)

This is a crash course for tango dancers who wish to expand into Neotango. Everyone who is already comfortable dancing to Tango music and has an open mind for a new (non-tango) music will find inspiration and confidence at this festival after this class. In this fun but intensive session we will provide both followers and leaders with some powerful but easy Neotango/Tangofusion elements, guidelines, and shortcuts to explore this exciting genre, which I have discovered and tested in dozens of countries during the past 20 years.

Typical simple Neotango elements we will cover are unusual turns, jumps, and tricks to execute off-axis moves. No sequences. Included will be tricks to use these ideas with your existing repertoire to dance to unknown music and styles. Especially recommended to people who travel a lot.

 

Workshop 2 (out of 2) “Universal Neotango concepts, ideas, and problem solvers”

Similar to the above workshop, this session aims to give Tango dancers useful tools and ideas to make their current repertoire more flexible and expand it to fit the Fusion/Neotango theme. In this class, we aim to build directly on top of your existing repertoire as a leader and follower. We will try to surprise you with what you can already do but did not know about!

These Tango & Neotango principles will add variation, comfort, confidence, and musical flexibility to your dancing and help produce that priceless smile on your partners face.

Date: May 12 or 13 (weekend, day will be announced soon), 2018
Venue: Runaway Bay Community Centre, Gold Coast, Australia – Part of the 2018 Australian Neotango Festival
Price: 19 AUD (1 hour)
Target group: All levels. Difficulty can be adjusted to your own level (beginner to advanced)

 

 

Theme: How to instantly multiply your current dance-repertoire using some simple principles
Date
: Thursday, November 30th, 2017 (last event organizes by Tangowizards this year)
Venue: St Marks Church Hall in Mainstreet, Buderim, Sunshine Coast
Time: 19:00-20:00 followed by a 2 hour  practilonga (until about 22:15), DJ Magic Klaus (30% traditional, 30% modern/nuevo, 30% alternative, 10% magic musical/neotango surprises!)
Price: 14 AUD (including Practilonga!). Practilonga only: 9 AUD.
Target group: Intermediate to advanced. Giros and ochos should come comfortably.

In this workshop, we will explore a few simple but powerful principles that will multiply some of your own commonly used dance-moves. Both leaders and followers, at any experience level, will apply proven tools that open new possibilities that will likely create that magic smile of a pleasant surprise on your partners face.

This unique, individualized workshop is designed to utilize moves you already know (each of you can individually choose what that should be!) and turn them into something new and exciting.

Bonus for Xmas: This time you will have at least two hours to try out your new repertoire right after the workshop, to the widest range of music Australia’s east coast has seen since Klaus left Cairns and Sydney 8-10 years ago!

Theme: Ganchos & boleos – combining & distinguishing them – with (magical) clarity
Date
: Thursday, November 16th, 2017
Venue: St Marks Church Hall in Mainstreet, Buderim, Sunshine Coast
Time: 19:00-20:00 followed by a 1 hour supervised practica (until about 21:00)
Price: 14 AUD (including practica).
Target group: Intermediate to advanced. Giros and ochos should come naturally.

This workshop will give those who missed out on the previous separate gancho and boleo workshops the chance to get the best of  both worlds. If you have done any of the previous workshops, you will recognize the little-known principles we have uncovered previously, and you will be able to apply them more easily in a new and exciting context (combinations & variations).

Ganchos and boleos have much more in common than most people would acknowledge – and hence, often sources of confusion. This workshop will clarify what is necessary to lead and follow them (and distinguish them), naturally, and without worries. We recommend trousers or flexible skirts/dresses for the followers to maximize this magical experience.

Theme: The secret to lead and follow boleos in every step
Date
: Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
Venue: St Marks Church Hall in Mainstreet, Buderim, Sunshine Coast
Time: 19:00-20:00 followed by a 1 hour supervised practica (until about 21:00)
Price: 14 AUD (including practica).
Target group: Intermediate to advanced. Giros and ochos should come naturally.

Like ganchos, boleos can be performed in any of the five (traditionally) possible steps in Tango, with either leg of  the follower.

In this workshop, we will review the ideal conditions to lead ganchos comfortably but we will perform boleos instead. After this workshop everyone will have the essential knowledge to lead/follow simple boleos in every step. More advanced students will have the opportunity to explore more complex boleos on request. Questions during the practicum are very welcome!

Workshops in the recent past (these may trigger some memories by those who participated):

Theme: 3 tricks to do comfortable ganchos in every step
Date
: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Venue: St Marks Church Hall in Mainstreet, Buderim, Sunshine Coast
Time: 19:00-20:00 followed by a 1 hour supervised practica.
Price: 14 AUD (including practica).
Target group: Intermediate to advanced. Giros and ochos should come naturally.

Ganchos are often treated like black sheep in Tango communities. Everyone knows them but hardly anyone is comfortable dealing with them. As a result, followers either kick (the “hammer”) or fake (the “air gancho”) them. Of course, this is not all their fault.. 🙂

Ganchos can be executed in all three steps, the front cross, the back cross, and the side step, with either leg of the leader.

For the leader, the key to a comfortable Gancho lies in the timing, the correct upper body lead, and the relative position of the leader to the follower. The follower has three technical challenges. In this workshop you will practice three tricks that ensure your ganchos (as leader or follower) will soon be flowy and comfortable, and with some extra training, well timed to the music too!

We will include one version where you can use what you learned in the previous workshop (Common and not-so common turns in Tango).


Theme:
Common and not-so common turns for leaders and followers in Tango
Date
: Thursday, October 5, 2017
Venue: St Marks Church Hall in Mainstreet, Buderim, Sunshine Coast
Time: 19:00-20:00 followed by a 1 hour supervised practica.
Price: 14 AUD (including practica).
Target group: Beginner to advanced. Most turns will be equally new to everyone but challenges will be available  to individuals, on request.

Turns not only add dynamics and inspire creativity, they are also essential navigation tools for crowded floors. They also work well with traditional and non-tango music. We will explore the key elements of turns, performed by leaders and followers, that go beyond the classic giro/moulinette concept.

While the moulinette is a relatively complex turn pattern that can take a long time to master, there are many simple turns that require little more than an open mind, a stable axis, and awareness of a few essentials. After this workshop you will be able to perform several common and less common turns, comfortably, and immediately!

There will also be opportunities to combine them with the leg wraps from James’ practica last week.

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Updated January 2018