Classes - Ethos, etc:
EL Amanecer does not run classes as such but runs Club Nights which incorporate tuition sessions.
There is no membership fee to join the Club but there is a nightly subscription of £10.00 per person. This entitles members to stay for all or part of the evening and (subject to qualification - see below) take part in all of the activities as well as receiving a free drink of red or white wine or a cup of tea or coffee.
Each evening will have two 1 hour tuition sessions – the first on Basic Techniques and the second on Advanced Techniques. I have a strong belief in the view that the secret to dancing Tango lies in good basic technique and, in the past, I have always encouraged everyone to attend as many "Beginner's Classes" as they could in order to achieve this. Now I have made developing basic technique an integral part of an evening at El Amanecer.
A new addition for El Amanecer in 2010 was the Loyalty Card system.
The Loyalty Card
As with most Loyalty Cards, the more support you give, the more you get for your money. Card Holders will get a stamp for every attendance at a Club Night and the Cards will have spaces for 12 stamps. There are two main benefit of the Loyalty Card system. Firstly, new Beginners to the club must complete the red circles of the Loyalty Card (6 stamps) to qualify for the Advanced Techniques Sessions. This will be an added incentive for regular attendance at the Basic Techniques Sessions in order to progress quickly and integrate fully into the life of the Club. Secondly, on the completion of two Cards (24 stamps) the Card Holder will be entitled to a reduced price Private Lesson (1 hour) - £25.00 instead of my current rate of £50.00. Dancing Tango is based on “feel” and without doubt, the best way to improve your Tango is to dance with someone who can give you that “feel”. My intention is to make “One to One” tuition affordable.
Newcomers to El Amanecer, whether Beginners or those already with some experience, are recommended on the first occassion to attend the Basic Techniques Session as the Advanced Techniques Sessions assume a sound knowledge of walking techniques; projection and balance; disassociation; the crossed and parallel system of walking; etc. all of which are essential for improvement and which are covered in detail in those early sessions.
Many of our Club evenings already have a strong social element and I am keen to promote and strengthen this. So, every Club evening will provide an opportunity for socialising (with that free drink), dancing, and tuition. The amount of time devoted to these activities will vary according to the constraints of the various venues but the two tuition sessions will always be one hour each.
To summarise, the benefits of the Club Night are that for little more than the typical cost of a single class i.e. £10.00 you will get:
.....a) Two Tuition
Finally, I have decided to introduce a Student Concession (£7.00)on the production of a current Student Union card.
The above approach is intended to help promote a Club feel to El Amanecer.
I look forward to welcoming you to the Club soon and to working with you for many years to come.
You Will Learn
Tango is an amazing dance and, if you take it up, you will become part of a community of people who are passionate about Tango. However, beware - it can become addictive!
Long Will It Take
and Special Clothes
It is best not to wear trainers, however, as they tend to stick to the floor.
Just select the Location and Day from the entry screen and turn up at a class..... I look forward to meeting you soon!