WORKSHOPS with guest teacher and performer Mirabai Commer:
Mirabai comes with impressive credentials. She is an accomplished and beautiful professional dancer with great passion for Argentine tango.
We look forward to welcoming her here in Vancouver very soon. We hope you too will appreciate her contagious, positive personality, her excellent rhythm and musicality, as well as her gift for teaching.
Mirabai’s tango dancing career launched in Buenos Aires and spans across continents, having toured in Norway, Sweden, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Hawaii, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and more.
There will be a series of workshops, group classes and availability for privates from September 24th into first week of October). Save the dates.
Mirabai will be teaching with Gabriel the following workshops:
An enganche is when he grabs or traps her foot. It can be beautiful and even more so when put to music. We’ll learn the concepts behind the movements. To truly lead and follow the steps. Then we’ll play with the dynamics, allowing the music to bring out the best in us.
I’m going to start off teaching how to beautify Ocho Locos. That’s my term for when the leader leads ochos on the wrong foot. It’s bad to do unintentionally but really beautiful if you do it on purpose. Doing something so out of the ordinary presents different opportunities than might otherwise be available.
The Cross and Uncross – Volcaditas
This class will take a deep look into the subtleties and intricacies of the cross. Discover the beauty of the cross and uncross, play with the folllow’s free foot, and dress up the cross like never before. I just realized what a perfect entry to Volcadas it makes. We’ll get a chance to look at how to evolve the concept into small, beautiful Volcaditas.
Cadenas – Chains of movement.
Learning how to link movement is extremely helpful in Milonga and it’s a wonderful concept for Tango as well. There are many movements that lend themselves to linked movement, or chains. We will get the chance to see a few of these beautiful steps and practice them until you feel you can correctly execute them on the social dance floor.
Music touches our emotions and can inspire us to dance at a much higher level than we could normally attain. When trying to learn how to dance on the music, one can feel overwhelmed. But there’s a trick! Music is mathematical. It’s repetitive. Once a song has ‘played it’s hand’ you can use that information to your advantage. There are also some easy patterns one can learn to listen for. Many, many Tangos use these patterns. Once you can recognize them, you’ll have made a huge step forward.
Happy, playful, fun, light. It’s quick and that can require quick thinking, but the trick to milonga is, get a good idea then do it many, many times in a row. You can start slowly a couple of times, then you can double the speed. When you learn to fit the patterns into the rhythm, one good move can carry you a long way just by playing with it.
To be updated soon.
There are small boleos, and big boleos, sharp boleos and soft boleos. Whatever type of boleo you want to lead, it takes precision. Timing is the answer to success. I’m going to introduce the concept. Then we will hone our skills and then we’ll be able to apply it to the many different kinds of boleos. Circular, linear, forward, back, ‘en contra’, and ‘a favor’.