In our tuition sessions, you will be taught authentic Argentine Tango as danced in Buenos Aires. This means that the emphasis will be on how to lead and follow and on movements which are appropriate for dancing socially at a Milonga (a dance venue where Tango rhythms are played). Our students are able to go to any Milonga or Practica and to dance with anyone there because they will be able to lead or follow their partner.
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!
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 (except on Tuesdays when we are in the Pulse-8 Bar).
Each evening will have two 1 hour tuition sessions – the first on Basic Techniques and the second on Advanced Techniques. As many of you will know, I have a strong belief in the view that the secret to 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 one Loyalty Card (12 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) - £12.00 instead of my current rate of £40.00. 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. (Please note that I am unable to provide free drinks on Tuesday nights at Pulse-8 as the event is held in the Bar!)
Anyone wanting to just attend the Practica on a Friday night at Reading Canoe Club is still welcome to do so at an entry fee of £5.00 per person (Attendance at the Practica is otherwise included in the Club Night subscription.)
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 Sessions
Finally, in recognition of the particular financial difficulties suffered by Students at the current time, 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.
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I am also available for Workshops around the country. I specialises in Men's Leading Techniques. If you are interested, please contact me by:-
Phone: 07889 223338
A Workshop led by Leonardo of
"I'm probably gushing a bit, but I LOVED the class I attended tonight, a great experience. I'm so glad you talked me into it.
Can't wait till the next class now!"
Please thank Tom for his excellent tuition."
Thanks for laying this on. More, please!"
Tango isn't just about dancing - it's about a shared experience, intense feelings and also a friendly social environment.
Quote from "Tango Zen" (Walking Dance Meditation) by Chan Park:
"Learning to walk sets you free. Learning to dance gives you the greatest freedom of all: to express your whole self, the person you are." - ..................................Melissa Hayden