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Festival Workshops

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Tango Levels 

These descriptions are to help you decide which level of workshop to book into. As everyone learns at a different rate, and has different levels of fitness, fluidity and time on the dance floor, use the description of what you need to be able to do to enter the level as a guide more than the length of time you have learnt tango. Please discuss your level with an advanced dancer in your area.

Teachers at the festival will teach to the level described, especially the Advanced level. If you find you have chosen the wrong level class at the festival, you can go to the registration desk and change into a more appropriate level for free within the first 15 minutes.

Second Step

Understand tango posture, walking technique, parallel system, know giro pattern, can lead and follow ocho easily, leading/following the cross usually works, can lead and follow simple combinations.

Intermediate

Can walk in a straight line with balance, can tell the difference between tango, milonga and vals music, confident leading/following cross and weight change, can lead/follow front sacada, can lead/follow progressive moves in the line of dance, able to find and maintain connection with different partners, keep in time with the music most of the time, follower hardly ever anticipates, reasonable floor craft skills at a milonga – might bump into others every now and then. Upper Intermediate Can balance on the ball of one foot for a length of time, can lead/follow back sacada with confidence, excellent understanding of the cross/parallel systems, new partners are able to understand the lead the first time, understand different embraces, able to do a variety of things on a tight spot as well as progressive moves around the floor while maintaining connection with different partners, keep with music at all times.

Advanced

Can lead/follow advanced improvised combinations, good dissociation, able to lead/follow colgada and volcada, excellent balance and awareness of own and partner’s axis, followers able to express own musicality within lead, advanced floor craft – never bump into others, advanced understanding of musicality and connection with different partners. Master Teachers have full competency in all of the above and excellent understanding of off axis moves. Must be competent in either lead and follow (and book for that).

Open level

These classes are open to all levels.

Total Beginners

Have never done any tango before, or would like to gain more confidence at an introductory level.

Private Lessons 

We anticipate a small number of private lessons will be available over the weekend, please contact us to register your interest. Preference will be given to full pass holders.   

 

Friday, 21st June, 2024

10:00

Room: Drama 2 (near Plaza opposite Drama 1) Room: Back Studio

Milonga - part weight changes & polyrhythms

Technique for couples and Tango Etiquette

Intermediate

Second Step


Teacher:
Michael & Elvira

Max. bookings: 60

Places available:

  • Leaders: 0
  • Followers: 0

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 24
  • Followers: 19

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12:00

Room: Drama 1 (near Plaza opposite Drama 2) Room: Drama 2 (near Plaza opposite Drama 1) Room: Back Studio Downstairs

Musicality Level 2

Exploring all types of pivots

Giro related figures in Vals

Simple combinations

Advanced

Intermediate

Upper Intermediate

Second Step

Advanced level special class. With music selected by Ornella as a tango DJ, we will provide all the necessary resources to dance to the most complex and modern orchestras of the golden era of tango. Pugliese, Tanturi, Troilo


Teacher:
Ornella & Leonel

important concepts to enrich your dancing


Teacher:
Maria & Leandro

Combining turning & traveling into new structures. Using bodyweight for dynamic changes


Teacher:
Michael & Elvira

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 9
  • Followers: 4

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 9
  • Followers: 4

Max. bookings: 60

Places available:

  • Leaders: 0
  • Followers: 0

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 20
  • Followers: 19

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13:40

Room: Back Studio

Feldenkrais Method and Tango

Beginner

Starts 1.40pm, a different Feldenkrais lesson each day to help you improve your tango embrace bring a yoga mat if you have one (free)


Teacher:
Field, Sue

Max. bookings: 20

Places available:

  • 15

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14:30

Room: Drama 1 (near Plaza opposite Drama 2) Room: Drama 2 (near Plaza opposite Drama 1) Room: Back Studio Downstairs

Movement qualities

Stability Vs Balance

milonga - our approach to musicality

Symmetry

Advanced

Intermediate

OPEN level

Upper Intermediate

Discover new colors in your dance 


Teacher:
Suyay and Jonny

What does it mean to be grounded and how to achieve it


Teacher:
Maria & Leandro

Teacher:
Michael & Elvira

Knowing Where and how to step into each other spaces to get: Energy in the movements. Freedom for the followers Clarity and precision for the Lead All this will be applied in SACADAS sequences for Milongueros!


Teacher:
David Palo

Max. bookings: 54

Places available:

  • Leaders: 5
  • Followers: 0

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 14
  • Followers: 7

Max. bookings: 60

Places available:

  • Leaders: 0
  • Followers: 1

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 20
  • Followers: 18

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16:30

Room: Drama 1 (near Plaza opposite Drama 2) Room: Drama 2 (near Plaza opposite Drama 1) Room: Back Studio

Structural construction

VALS

Turn III

Advanced

Intermediate

Upper Intermediate

from simple to complex, improve your creativity


Teacher:
Suyay and Jonny

In this class, we will teach you different waltz sequences that will allow you to dance with a
fluid and elegant dynamic. We will also work with sequences of repetitions.


Teacher:
Ornella & Leonel

create accelerations during the turn using elastics and centrifuges


Teacher:
Carlitos and Agustina

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 12
  • Followers: 11

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 8
  • Followers: 5

Max. bookings: 60

Places available:

  • Leaders: 10
  • Followers: 4

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You have either not selected a Pass or this event is not compatible with your selected Pass

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Saturday, 22nd June, 2024

10:00

Room: Drama 1 (near Plaza opposite Drama 2) Room: Drama 2 (near Plaza opposite Drama 1) Room: Back Studio Plaza Downstairs

Sacada Masterclass

Musicality Lecture & Workshop

Vals

Beginners Class One

Synthony

Advanced

OPEN level

Upper Intermediate

Beginner

Intermediate

This seminar is the perfect opportunity for you to learn and practice all the possibilities of
sacadas in tango, from the most traditional to the most contemporary. We will explore each technique in depth, with the aim of improving your ability to perform sacadas smoothly and accurately


Teacher:
Ornella & Leonel

Understanding the structure of a song for better interpretation. We will understand how to map our dance and when and how to use elements for better interpretation


Teacher:
Maria & Leandro

Spirals, circular and cyclical movements


Teacher:
Suyay and Jonny

Taught by Tango Company NZ

Do you still remember that special ¨Thing¨ that you had dancing with someone and it’s difficult to repeat with others? Ok.. go for IT! How to use the points of contact with our partners body. How much pressure can be used in the Tango embrace? How to get ¨IN TUNE¨ with others. Followers ¨Free Leg¨ REALLY FREE. All this techs will be applied to: - Walking and Bouncing - Change of directions - Navigation and usage of the free leg for followers. 


Teacher:
David Palo

Max. bookings: 52

Places available:

  • Leaders: 9
  • Followers: 0

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 17
  • Followers: 16

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 3
  • Followers: 6

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 18
  • Followers: 17

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 25
  • Followers: 21

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12:00

Room: Drama 1 (near Plaza opposite Drama 2) Room: Drama 2 (near Plaza opposite Drama 1) Room: Back Studio Plaza Downstairs

Compact colgadas for social dancing

Construction of the dance

CÓDIGO DE MARCHA

Beginners Class Two

Synchronization

Advanced

Intermediate

Intermediate

Beginner

Upper Intermediate

3 Basic principles and 2 types of colgadas


Teacher:
Michael & Elvira

taking the center of the body as a point of reference


Teacher:
Carlitos and Agustina

In this seminar, we will thoroughly explore the structure of the ''còdigo de marcha'' and ''giro'' for both the leader and follower role. We will delve into marking technique and learn how to create figures based on what we have learned (switched from Sunday 1.30pm)


Teacher:
Ornella & Leonel

Taught by Viva Latina

Connection is everything, right? —> Connection = TIMING Step Together, Collect feet together, GIRO together, sacadas together, Boleos together and if its possible… Breath together too :) All this applied to GIROS


Teacher:
David Palo

Max. bookings: 60

Places available:

  • Leaders: 1
  • Followers: 1

Max. bookings: 60

Places available:

  • Leaders: 0
  • Followers: 3

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 17
  • Followers: 7

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 20
  • Followers: 19

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 23
  • Followers: 20

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13:40

Room: Back Studio

Feldenkrais Method and Tango

Beginner

Starts 1.40pm, a different Feldenkrais lesson each day to help you improve your tango embrace bring a yoga mat if you have one (free)


Teacher:
Field, Sue

Max. bookings: 20

Places available:

  • 17

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14:30

Room: Drama 1 (near Plaza opposite Drama 2) Room: Drama 2 (near Plaza opposite Drama 1) Room: Back Studio Downstairs

Build the dance of two

musicality: subdivition and rhythmical patterns

Changes of Dynamics

Ocho cortado

Advanced

Intermediate

Upper Intermediate

Second Step

both active roles and proposing.  Exploration of our own interpretation.


Teacher:
Carlitos and Agustina

Teacher:
Suyay and Jonny

for a more connected dance


Teacher:
Maria & Leandro

Max. bookings: 60

Places available:

  • Leaders: 0
  • Followers: 1

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 5
  • Followers: 8

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 14
  • Followers: 11

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 19
  • Followers: 18

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16:30

Room: Drama 1 (near Plaza opposite Drama 2) Room: Drama 2 (near Plaza opposite Drama 1) Room: Back Studio Downstairs

The Embrace

Barrida

Changes of Direction

Cross System

Intermediate

Intermediate

Upper Intermediate

Second Step

In this class, we will learn how to provide the best possible embrace in tango. We will explore the connection points that we use as both leaders and followers to mark and follow movements. We will work on the sensitivity of the leader and follower to ensure that all movements are comfortable and fluid. Our main premise will be: "If it's uncomfortable, it's not right." Don't miss this opportunity to improve your tango skills and learn to enjoy dancing with comfort and elegance!


Teacher:
Ornella & Leonel

weight distribution, timing and possible sequences


Teacher:
Michael & Elvira

in middle positions to create dynamics


Teacher:
Maria & Leandro

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 16
  • Followers: 12

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 10
  • Followers: 3

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 22
  • Followers: 19

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 20
  • Followers: 21

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Sunday, 23rd June, 2024

11:00

Room: Drama 1 (near Plaza opposite Drama 2) Room: Drama 2 (near Plaza opposite Drama 1) Room: Back Studio Downstairs Plaza

Complex Sacadas

Dissociation as a principle

Volcadas and Colgadas

Milonga: lisa and traspié

Beginners Class Three

Advanced

Intermediate

Upper Intermediate

OPEN level

Beginner

for both roles to enrich your dancing


Teacher:
Maria & Leandro

concept - rules, and ways of working on it


Teacher:
Carlitos and Agustina

In this class, we will explore the technique of off-axis movement in tango and learn how to improvise and create our own volcadas or colgadas with style and safety. Don't miss this opportunity to learn new techniques and take your dance to the next level!


Teacher:
Ornella & Leonel

elements we have fun with


Teacher:
Suyay and Jonny

Taught by Tango Connexcion Kapiti

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 13
  • Followers: 8

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 1
  • Followers: 1

Max. bookings: 52

Places available:

  • Leaders: 6
  • Followers: 0

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 11
  • Followers: 15

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 18
  • Followers: 19

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12:40

Room: Back Studio

Feldenkrais Method and Tango

Beginner

Starts 1.40pm, a different Feldenkrais lesson each day to help you improve your tango embrace bring a yoga mat if you have one (free)


Teacher:
Field, Sue

Max. bookings: 20

Places available:

  • 16

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13:30

Room: Drama 1 (near Plaza opposite Drama 2) Room: Drama 2 (near Plaza opposite Drama 1) Room: Back Studio Downstairs Plaza

Melody

BREAKING THE EMBRACE

BOLEO with and without a pivot

Musicality

Beginners Class Four

Advanced

Upper Intermediate

Intermediate

Second Step

Beginner

movement and fluency.  Different ways of seeing the melody.  35-Interpretation: ideas to create criteria and have a broad spectrum and thus be able to interpret in different ways


Teacher:
Carlitos and Agustina

In the world of tango, the use of the technique of "breaking the embrace" is becoming increasingly common to create a more exciting dance experience. In this class, we will learn how to mark and understand this technique, and explore the most commonly used sequences to apply it in our dance. (switched from Saturday midday)


Teacher:
Ornella & Leonel

The linear structure combined with a circular movement. Unexpected boleos


Teacher:
Michael & Elvira

Taught by IN-TANGO with Irina.

Max. bookings: 60

Places available:

  • Leaders: 0
  • Followers: 0

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 17
  • Followers: 8

Max. bookings: 58

Places available:

  • Leaders: 9
  • Followers: 0

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 25
  • Followers: 23

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 20
  • Followers: 17

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15:30

Room: Drama 1 (near Plaza opposite Drama 2) Room: Drama 2 (near Plaza opposite Drama 1) Room: Back Studio Downstairs

Gancho and Enganche (wrap)

Posture, Embrace & Elegance

Postural alignment

1st taste of Milonga

Advanced

Intermediate

Upper Intermediate

Second Step

Circular nature of the movement, using enganche in giros


Teacher:
Michael & Elvira

Let’s develop our lines, connection to each other and elegant walking for beautiful dancing


Teacher:
Maria & Leandro

cause and effect


Teacher:
Suyay and Jonny

Max. bookings: 60

Places available:

  • Leaders: 3
  • Followers: 0

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 7
  • Followers: 4

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 16
  • Followers: 18

Max. bookings: 50

Places available:

  • Leaders: 23
  • Followers: 21

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