The Tango Fundamentals: Volume One - Basic Elements
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Learn to dance authentic Argentine Tango in 10 easy lessons with Fabián Salas - Argentine Tango dancer, teacher, and choreographer from Buenos Aires, with over 15 years of professional experience. Fabián has successfully taught Tango to thousands of students in Argentina, Brazil, USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Italy, Spain, France, Norway, and other countries. He has tutored numerous dance couples towards success both on stage and competitions. Fabián has judged professional tango competitions both in Argentina and the USA. Tango lovers around the world acclaim him as a Master Teacher and performer extraordinaire.
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This course is highly recommended for beginners and ballroom dancers taking up authentic Argentine Tango, as well as for experienced tango dancers as a refresher course in fundamentals. The lessons are clear, playful, and easy to follow. Tango reduces stress and allows for an escape from the pressures of everyday life. Tango brings energy and fulfillment, and you will enjoy the process of learning as well. Tango is an intimate dance - it eliminates the distance between a man and a woman. Tango can be fast and slow, simple and complex, sensual, passionate, dramatic, joyful, and much, much more. Tango is for all ages - it is never too late or too early to learn the greatest dance of all time.See all Editorial Reviews
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But, here's the deal: Fabian and Cecilia - world class tango dancers - slow the "step lessons" way way way down so that you can see correct tango "form" in detail. To actually dance well, however, you have to do the exercises paired with the lessons and do them as you encounter them along the way. As he says, "Practice 20 minutes a day, for two days, before moving on to the next lesson."
Why? Because it's doing the exercises that then makes learning - and dancing - easy, interesting, and rewarding. This isn't very obvious to most of us - who aren't yet "great" dancers - but the exercises are on the DVDs for good reasons. And, each exercise relates directly to it's nearest lesson, or, "step/pattern." It's all about fundamentals. You know, those "positions" ballet dancers work on? They have something (everything) to do with what you later see on stage.
Seriously, Fabian barely mentions anything about leading or following, trusting you'll get the "feel" of what to do from the exercises. You'll need a partner and you'll need to practice both the exercises and the "steps" in the lessons many times. But, mostly practice the exercises they carefully pair with the lessons... Twenty minutes of "exercise" can save you a year of frustration.
These DVDs will not, in the end, teach you how to dance tango; you'll wind up figuring that out on your own - if you do your "homework" exercises and then apply "the steps." Tango, you'll hear again and again, is a "walking dance." You might doubt that, or, misunderstand that, but do the exercises, add the steps, and see if it doesn't wind up being an easy "walking dance" after all...
By the way, Fabian and Cecilia usually look like they're being forced to demonstrate the patterns. They almost look like they're being forced to at gun point... Once in a while, however, they crack each other up and you can see that beneath the serious look of things, they enjoy the dance...
Real life tango is a lot like that. It's fun, but to do it well, you have to shut up, pay attention to your partner, and think things through as you move on the floor. Don't drive and text at the same time... And, don't laugh and tell jokes while you tango on a crowded dance floor - that's how, in both cases, people get hurt...
Dance safe, be happy.
The important thing to remember is you have to be very determined and by all means practice, practice and more practice. My wife and I almost have done with the Volume 1 - Basic Elements and we will order the next volume DVD.
I do recommend this Tango lesson DVD to any one who wants to stand out dancing Tango from others who just walking under the Tango music. Good luck!
What a marvelous supplement to actual instruction. The dancers are excellent they move slowly and purposefully. The camera angles are such that important positions and transitions are emphasized. The narrative is very pertainent even the accent of the narrator adds a flavor which is engaging and inspiring at the same time. I really appreciated the adminitions to practice 20 minutes per day for two days before moving on to the next lesson. For anyone who wants to be able to perform this most sensous and evocotaive of dances this is a great place to start. Rikk
The camera angles are superb and the slow motion makes it easy to follow which always seems to be lacking from other sources.
It has encouraged me as a beginner to continue.
I was particularly interested in the explanation of both the forward and backward ochos which in many ways are the heart and soul of this wonderful dance.Thankyou.