The Beginner Level is recommended for people who have never taken tango (or any dance lessons) or for those with little
experience in tango. To complete the level, you need to take all three classes offered: Beginner A, Beginner B, and Beginner
C. You must start with Beginner A; however, Beginner B and Beginner C can be taken in any order. After completing all three
classes you may re-take any class in this level at a 50% discount.
This class covers the following material:
- Posture, balance, and basic techniques
- The embrace and its variations,
open and close
of connection, and leading & following
- Walking, weight changes and rock-steps
- Parallel versus Cross-system
- Principles of navigation and tango etiquette
- Leading and following fundamentals
BEGINNER B & BEGINNER
classes, cover the following (but not limited to) concepts:
- Dancing in open and close embrace
- La Cruzada (cross)
- Ocho Cortado and rockstep turns
- Molinete and changes of direction
- Introduction to tango rhythms (Milonga, Vals,
in floor craft
ADVANCED BEGINNER LEVEL
To take classes at the Advanced Beginner level, students
must complete the three beginner level classes, or similar level classes outside the MIT program. With the completion of Advanced
Beginner A and Advanced Beginner B, students may take Intermediate level classes. Advanced Beginner C is not required, but
is highly recommended. As with Beginner level, after a student has completed all the courses at this level, she or he may
re-take any (which we encourage) at a 50% discount.
ADVANCED BEGINNER A
In this class students will build on the steps, concepts and skills developed at
the Beginner level. As always, musicality, connection, and partnering will be emphasized.
- Check steps
- Check step turn
- Molinete and variations
- Changing directions (esp. in turns)
- Low boleos
- Ocho Cortado
- Introduction to Paradas
class also builds on material from the beginner level. Note that you do not have to take Advanced Beginner A to take this
cross and parallel systems
- Cross variations
variations, including no-pivot (a.k.a. "hooking") ochos
- Getting into/out of the Molinete
- Introduction to Tango Rhythms: Vals, Milonga, Tango.
class reviews and refines concepts developed during Advanced Beginner A and Advanced Beginner B courses, both of which are
strongly suggested prerequisites. Students will develop a better understanding of the structure of tango and work more with
combining elements to build improvisational skills for the social dance floor. Rhythmic variation for musicality will also
be discussed. Throughout we will work on improving skills for creating a comfortable embrace, freedom of movement, and clear
Advanced Beginner A and Advanced Beginner B or you must be familiar with all of the general concepts listed in those classes.
Please contact the instructors if you have questions.
TORSION AND RELEASE TO ENERGIZE TURNS
class is about using the spiral dynamics of tango to shape and power turns and to heighten the pleasure in subtle movement
as well. You'll discover more freedom in your natural spiral and your spine will thank you!
GETTING A GRIP ON MILONGA AND VALS
This class will help you relax and enjoy dancing the flavor and the spice of tango’s
sister rhythms, tango vals and milonga. You’ll develop an understanding of the characteristc features of these dances
and assemble vocabulary and technique that connects you to the music. Then we’ll use this understanding to explore surprising
accents that heighten the flavor.
IN CLOSE EMBRACE
This class is for those who want to notch up their creativity and comfort in close embrace. We'll look at the essential
technique for making sure your open embrace vocabulary is working in close embrace. Then we'll focus on communication between
partners and the tools to create rhythmic and textural variation, improving your ability to put the pieces together for a
musical and expressive dance. Prerequisites: MIT classes through the advanced beginner level or equivalent experience. Participants must be already dancing socially and using close
embrace at least some of the time. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details about requirements if you have any questions.