Last Saturday 3rd June, our two-week workshop series on the "Caminata" and tango embrace got off to a flying start.
Students first thinking of taking tango classes are often lured in by an enticing promise: if you can walk, you can tango!
This would convince even the most nervous of students to try a class. And every word of it is true! Tango - in its essence - is simply a walk. A beautiful, elegant, refined walk, yes, but just a walk.
But then they drop the bombshell: it takes a lifetime to learn the tango walk!
In fact, they don't even need to tell you that. You worked that out in your first class! You know that feeling when you're giving someone your telephone number and suddenly you can't for the life of you remember it? That's how it feels when you suddenly realise that you can't work out how to walk!
So yes, the tango walk is not the easiest skill to accomplish in tango but it is an important one and a rewarding one. And it requires a little bit of dedication.
So last week, we cast other movements in tango aside to focus on our "caminata" and of course the wonderful tango embrace, an intrinsic part of the tango walk. Like the walk, giving someone a hug in every day life is a natural thing, but in tango it becomes something of an art.
It was amazing to see how in 2 hours so many different concepts and angles were explored. And yet we felt we had barely scratched the surface.
The response we had to the workshop was enthusiastic with many requests for the workshop to become a regular feature in our timetable. We are looking forward to developing the themes in Part II of the workshop this Saturday.
Don't worry if you missed Part I and don't worry if you don't have a partner - we'll be rotating partners throughout the class.
For more information on this Saturday's class, please click here.