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).
When students talk about what they most like about our school, our demonstrations at the end of our classes almost always get a mention.
Guiding every student to dance creatively and with their own personality is an integral part of our teaching and we believe these improvised demonstrations help to inspire this.
In these demos, not only do we show the steps that we have been working on in the class but we also show how they can be developed, combined and varied. Tango is not about choreography. Even when we teach a sequence of steps we always show ways this can be dismantled and put together differently, and how it can be played with to express the music.
I never know what tango David will play at the end of the class. But I was really happy when last Wednesday he put on one of my favourites: Marion by Miguel Calo. (See my earlier blog entry on the beautiful lyrics of Marion!)
We always use a lot of decorations into our demos. Partly (and a very big part) because we love decorations and we find it almost impossible to dance without them! But also again to give ideas and inspiration to our students.
Next Saturday 1st and 8th April we will have two workshops entirely dedicated to the wonderful world of decorations!
Now that is something to look forward to!
We're very excited to be exploring Tango Vals for the first time in 2017 this Saturday.
So here is a little piece of tango history - and inspiration - for you: the legendary Osvaldo Pugliese at the age of 80 playing one of the most beautiful tango vales of all time: Desde El Alma in none other than the Theatre Colon, Buenos Aires.
We promise that Desde El Alma will be one of the many gorgeous valses we play this Saturday and next!
Sit back and enjoy!
When you dance Vals you feel like you leave your life at the door and step into a world of old school charm and romance. Our Workshop aims to breathe new inspiration into your Vals so your feet and movements can bring the music to life!
And here is some of David's improvised Vals with the legendary Alejandra Mantinñan in January: