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Social Tango Lesson by instructor Jay Aland

January 13, 2019

4 to 4:45 pm: Lesson
4:45 to 7 pm: Dancing to a wide variety of music
$8 per person (cash or check)

Join us this coming Sunday for another fun dance lesson by Jay Aland.  More info about the lesson from Jay in the following message:

You may have noticed that it takes a long time and a lot of work to learn to dance tango.  Actually, however, it takes a long time to learn any performance dance (think DWTS), but it is relatively quick and easy to learn a social dance – to the point of getting out on the dance floor with a partner and doing a competent dance – as we do at WaltzPlay.  That’s what we will do on January 13; we will learn “social” Argentine tango – the tango that the people of Buenos Aires go out to dance every evening.  No fancy figures.  No complicated rules.  We will learn tango as a rhythmic dance, focused only on its original source: Musicality.  Later on, you may want to learn the popular tango figures also; you will find it easier if you learn them while you are dancing, rather than memorizing figures as an intellectual study, and then trying to apply them on the dance floor later.  You can choose to learn more . . . or not, but you can enjoy dancing tango while you’re deciding.

Musicality will be our Guru; it is the interpretation of the tango music in your steps.  The original tango rhythm was just walking, and some dancers still just walk.  Then the “QQS” typical of most dances was added; it’s like Rumba or Foxtrot, except that it’s not so predictable in tango.  You have to listen to the music; every song is different.  We will learn to fit basic steps to these rhythms of typical tango music, and practice them with a couple of tango songs, and you’ll be prepared to dance to any tango.  Unlike many dances, there is no “right” or “wrong” in tango moves; just as in art, you’re entitled to your own interpretation.  In tango, though, you must communicate your interpretation with your partner; this is step 2.

After the lesson we’ll dance to a wide variety of music with a playlist by DJ Raymond Tovo until 7 pm. Our dances focus on Waltz in its various forms and most other popular dances including Swing, One-Step, Rumba, Tango, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, Hustle, Blues, Zydeco, Cajun and more!

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