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I am so looking forward to my Tango Technique Workshop this Saturday … just for the ladies.

Ladies Technique is one of my all-time favourite topics. And although we often hold Technique Workshops for both men and women at Tango Movement, there is something quite special about occasionally working with just the girls.

Somehow over the years, I’ve turned into something of a tango technique geek, excited about even the smallest details in our movement and new ways to explain them in my classes.

I haven’t always been this way. In my 20’s, all I wanted to do was get on with the dance. I was prepared to work hard and practice, and I knew that technique was important, but I wasn’t always as patient as I should have been about the where and the how I should initiate the movement, the positioning of the body … and every other tiny piece of the jigsaw.

I despair of my younger self. I can now see how much more progress my students who take tango technique seriously than those who are just looking for their next dance partner and “tango fix”. Because it is the details that make up the whole.

I remember the feeling of dancing in a fog of confusion, not really sure what is happening from one moment to the next. Enjoying the feeling of things progressing, only to feel that progress slip away from me, without fully understanding why. Because, to quote the legendary Rudolf Nureyev:

"Technique is what you fall back on when you run out of inspiration."

I am a total convert to technique. Just a few minutes of technique each day can have more value than many hours of dancing in the milonga. Too many people adhere to the misguided belief that racking up their “tango miles” will improve their dance. If it does, it is over a much longer period of time. And in fact unfocused practice can serve only to reenforce bad habits.

A good technique workshop should help you to strengthen the precise muscles you use when you dance tango, acquire greater corporal awareness, increase your confidence and fuel your self-expression and creativity.

I hope this has inspired you to get started (or keep going) with your technique. And if you’re not sure exactly what you should be working on or are in need of some fresh ideas, look no further than my Ladies Technique Workshop this Saturday!

This is the second week we'll be working on Ladies Technique. My students last week requested a second workshop to reinforce the ideas from the first class. But don't worry if you weren't able to make the first one. I'll make sure everything is crystal clear.

The class will take place this Saturday 20th May at 3:30 - 5:30 pm at Marshall Street Leisure Centre, 15 Marshall Street, Soho, W1F 7EL (close to Oxford Circus). Price: £20 per person. Please contact us if you would like to book a place.

We'll start the class without our shoes (bring a pair of socks). After that we'll move to our tango heels. I'd strongly recommend that you wear the shoes you would nomally wear to dance tango in - rather than simply practice shoes.

I can’t wait to help you find your light bulb moments!

We're immensely proud of our students who performed at the UK Tango Championship last Saturday 1st April.

Six Tango Movement couples performed a choreography during the evening in the spectacular Edward Lumley Hall in Lincoln's Inn Fields.

Some of them had performed in our Student Show at the Winter Ball in January but others were completely new to performing. They managed to learn the choreography in a just under two weeks and to perform it with technique and confidence. A real achievement!

I was told I looked like a worried mother putting on a brave face as I watched them file out onto the dance floor. But my butterflies soon subsided as I watched them dance.

And then came my favourite part of the proceedings: the post-show drinks to celebrate!

Thank you to our students for their dedication, hard work, focus and passion. We're so happy to have you as part of our tango teaml!

We're still waiting for the official video, which we hope to post here shortly!

We're excited to present the video of David performing with Alejandra Mantiñan at our Winter Ball in January.

This is a wonderful example of what tango is all about: Alejandra arrived in London and the next day performed this tango, without any rehearsal or warm-up at all. Just two bodies reading each other and the music ... oh, and in front of 300 people!. The atmosphere was electric.

For me it was an enormous pleasure to watch David perform with this wonderfully creative dancer.

It was a pleasure to WATCH him perform full stop! I've always loved watching him dance but I don't get this luxury when I'm in his arms. Ironically, the name of the tango they danced that night was "En Tus Brazos" (In Your Arms).

Enjoy!

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