You could hear a pin drop.
The moment world-famous dancer, Royal Ballet Superstar, Marianela Nuñez walked into our tango ball, her iconic white tutu brushing the legs of the waiting tangueros.
Her achingly beautiful Pas de Deux with partner Alejandra Parente to haunting music from Swan Lake was something that will remain imprinted in the minds of everyone present. When dance and music combine on that level you can almost feel your heart leaving your body.
David and Marianela met in Argentina when they were both training to be ballet dancers. They both attended the same ballet school in Buenos Aires. Marianela was shortly after accepted into the Royal Ballet. David continued his ballet career in Buenos Aires before fully dedicating himself to tango. Fate has brought both of them to live in London.
Because of David and Marianela's friendship, Marianela has now on two occasions performed at the Tango Movement Winter Ball, in order to help us raise as much funds possible to the Argentine charities the Ball supports.
At our last Ball, Marianela and Alejandro gave a surprise performance dancing a modern ballet piece to nuevo tango music by Astor Piazzolla, "A Buenos Aires". This year, it was all about the classic, with a rendition of the Act II Pas De Deux from Swan Lake.
We are extremely grateful tor Marianela and Alejandro for their enormous generosity in performing for us, taking time out from their extremely demanding dance schedules. And we are immensely proud of to have had such prestigious performers at our Tango Movement Winter Ball, making sure that it was certainly a 10th Anniversary Ball to remember!
We hope you enjoy the show!
Sadly, we hear it all the time:
”I’ve wanted to dance tango all my life but I never had a partner.”
It’s hard to imagine how many people have secretly dreamed of taking up tango only to fall at the first hurdle: a partner.And had we told them: “Actually you don’t need a partner!”, would they have believed us?
We put the words “No Partner Needed” all over our website, and in every publicity we post, but somehow we still get asked the same question. So entrenched it is as an idea that for some people it is difficult to take in … even if it is there in black and white.
And if that idea is hard to take on board, how about this one:
It might be better NOT to have a partner at all.
How many people just fell off their chair?
”Hang on a second!” I can almost hear you shouting at the screen. “It’s even a cliche that it takes two to tango!”
Well, let me tell you how tango works.
Tango is a dance of improvisation. Tango - at it’s very best - is when two complete strangers step out onto the dance floor and are able to communicate through the medium of dance without any pre-planned steps at all.
Dancing with a stranger or with someone you don’t know very well is one of the best things about tango. It is an indescribably exhilarating feeling that cannot be compared to anything else in life.
In our classes, we teach our students the art of improvisation - of leading and of following - so if they want to, they can take their skills to a “milonga” (tango club) on the other side of the world and dance with someone they have never met before.
Students who only dance with one partner quickly grow accustomed to their partner’s way of doing things: their signals, their favourite steps and their idiosyncrasies. Even their height and build. When suddenly the opportunity arises to dance with somebody new, they feel completely at sea.
Although at our Beginners level, couples can and often do stay together during the lesson, this rarely happens in our other classes. By the time our students have been dancing for a while, they understand the importance of regular partner changes to becoming more rounded and versatile dancers. Plus, they are keen to experience the feeling of other partners. It is one of the delights of tango that every dancer feels unique to dance with.
When we go to the milonga, we dance with total strangers. We dance with fellow tango dancers who we’ve met and danced with before. We dance with friends. And some of us also dance with a special someone who we love dancing with most of all. But most people will have several dance partners in any one evening. And this is precisely what we came to the milonga to do!
Often students are keen to find a practice partner so that they can work on the detail of their dance outside the structure of the class and the milonga. There is no doubt that this is useful but we always advise them to ensure that they keep dancing with other people too. Especially in the early years, students can grow very used to that partner within just a few weeks. And when they come to dance with another partner, it can feel strange and alien.
So there you have it! No partner needed! Yes, really!
I may not be able to change the world but I will be happy if one person out there reads this article and realises that there is absolutely no obstacle to them dancing tango.
So now there is nothing stopping you, what are you waiting for?!
Inside every student who comes to our classes, there is a tango dancer waiting to come out! And our job to make sure this happens.
To bring out the best in people, we need to guide, challenge and support them and find new ways harness their creativity. As teachers we need to keep evolving so our lessons remains fresh, dynamic and stimulating.
This year, we have prepared an exciting and varied programme of classes for you!
Next Saturday 4th & 11th March, we’ll be privileged to have LIVE MUSIC in our classes again.
This is pretty unusual in a tango class! So why live music?
As you may have experienced already, there’s nothing quite like dancing to live music. It transforms the mood and feel of the dance. It brings you into the moment and stirs up powerful emotions.
Why limit this feeling to the milonga when we can bring it to our classes too?
Live music somehow brings the music closer and makes it more present. It therefore presents a unique, innovative and fascinating opportunity to study musicality.
Our musicians not only play beautiful, spine-tingling music, but they also work regularly in the training of professional dancers at Rambert and Pineapple Dance Studios. As the class progresses, you’ll begin to notice that they are interacting with the class. The music will change as David or I work on different tools for interpretation, becoming in turn mellow, upbeat, lyrical, playful ... It is a very exciting way to work.
Don’t miss this innovative opportunity to train your musical ear, sharpen your footwork and enjoy gorgeous music!
When: Saturday 4th & 11th March 2017
Time: 1 - 3 pm + FREE Mini-Practica
Where: Marshall Street Leisure Centre, 15 Marshall Street, London W1F 7EL (5 minutes from Oxford Circus)
Price: £30 - 1 week; £58 - 2 weeks
Level: Improvers upwards
No partner needed! Please contact us to book your place.