Co-sponsored by A Puro Tango & Oxygen Tango
"The music goes in my ears, is filtered through my heart, and comes out through my feet." - El Flaco Dany
"Close is what the music inspires you to become. The embrace looks personal, but what we are actually embracing is the music." - Carlos Gavito
"Tango is music,
and it doesn’t begin with steps. We shouldn’t commit the mistake of not
teaching how to walk different musical rhythms to recognize each
orchestra." - Teté
Whatever your level of experience with the dance, Tango music still holds secrets. And opening our ears and bodies to these secrets is what makes our dancing more relatable, more universal, more sophisticated, sweet, beautiful and bewitching.
Many of us, in some way or another, are slaves to habit or arbitrariness when we interpret the music. But musicality isn’t random self- expression; it’s grounded in a superb logic, a deeply rooted tradition, a learnable structure.
And even when we think we already know the basics, often our knowledge is partial and not well ordered. Rebuild your house of musicality with strong foundations from the finest resource we could find.
Learn these subtleties under the expert guidance of one of today’s few living masters of bandoneon, a world-known musical educator for social dancers, Joaquin Amenabar.
Hollywood Dance Center: 817 Highland Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90038
Oxygen Tango: 12958 W. Washington Blvd., LA, CA 90066
BOOTCAMP PROGRAM & SCHEDULE
Saturday, July 21st
Workshop 1: 2pm-3:30pm at Hollywood Dance Center
Workshop 2: 4pm-5:30pm at Hollywood Dance Center
Workshop 3: 8pm-9:30pm at Oxygen Tango followed by the Oxygen Milonga with Live Music
Sunday, July 22nd
Workshop 4: 2pm-3:15pm at Hollywood Dance Center
Workshop 5: 3:30pm-5pm at Hollywood Dance Center
Please be prompt ! You don’t want to miss a minute of this!
Day 1: Essential Structures of Tango
Workshop 1: Essential Units of Tango Rhythm: Basic Musical Components. Recognizing the basic musical components of Tango rhythm in the music and adapting our dance to them.
Workshop 2: The Melody as a Rhythmic Element in Tango: Rhythms that Stretch and Sing. As Tango evolved from Milonga into modern Tango, the melody became the main rhythmic element. How do we dance tango melodies?
Workshop 3: Anatomy of a Tango: Predictability and Surprise. Knowing the anatomy of a Tango allows us to predict when rhythmical changes appear, how long a certain rhythm will last, and when this will happen again: a fantastic advantage for tango improvisation both when leading or following!!
Day 2: The Layers of Dancing Socially
Workshop 4: Milonga and Vals: Options for Single and Double Time. The main rhythmic units in Vals and Milonga are quite different than in Tango. Understand the differences and use them to the maximum while dancing!
Workshop 5: Musical Expressiveness: Improvisation Across the Tanda. Apply all you’ve learned in previous classes in realtime dancing, analyzing each tango and improvising its distinct rhythms.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS:
• Material is non-theoretical; we will be moving and dancing 90% of the time.
• Emphasis on individual work; no partner needed.
• Relevant to dancers of all levels, from beginners to professionals and teachers.
• No musical knowledge or training is needed. We will be using everyday language that anyone can understand.
• Workshops are progressive so we advise taking them in order to get the most out of the program.
• A real bandoneon ! In class ! Wow !
Saturday, July 21st: A Special Live Music Performance with Joaquin at The Oxygen Milonga !! Milonga 9:30pm-3am
Tuesday, July 24th: A Special Live Music Perofrmance with Joaquin and Los Angeles del Tango Ensemble at
Tango Mio Milonga Tuesday night ! Milonga 8pm-1am
Full Musicality Bootcamp: $110
Three Workshops: $69
Single Workshop: $25
Oxygen Milonga for Workshop Participants: $12
Tango Mio Milonga: $15
Tango: Let’s Dance to the Music Book & DVD Set: $35 for Workshop Participants (normally $40 + shipping)
To reserve a space in the program please contact
Linda Valentino (323) 653-5883 http://apurotango.com/
Payable by Cash or Check (payable to A Puro Tango)
Joaquin is “one of the few living masters of the bandoneon,” a rare combination of a master musician who can talk the language of social dancers. A conservatory professor of bandoneon in Buenos Aires; musical director and first bandoneon of the “Orquesta Típica de la Guadia Vieja” in Buenos Aires; devoted social dancer; gifted composer and arranger; and creator of the book/DVD “Tango: Let’s Dance to the Music,” a musical education system for social dancers with no
musical background. Joaquin has toured extensively in Europe teaching Tango musical education courses and we’re delighted to introduce him here in LA for the first time!
Read his full biography.
More about Joaquin:
Here’s a beautiful review of Joaquin’s workshops. As the writer notes, “Casual dancers overlook
these subtleties, but “if you can pick them out and respond to them then a simple basic dance can
become full of interest, even just walking and using the simplest steps.”