New 6 week course: Tango Fundamentals in Hamilton

New in Hamilton starting July 27, in conjunction with Hamilton Tango

Tango Fundamentals by Miguel and Michelle Coppini:

By the end of this six week course, participants will be able to move effectively around the dance floor using basic figures, walking combinations and turns. They will develop key leading and following skills and understand the nature of the embrace and connection between the couple.

Miguel and Michelle are engaging, inspiring and patient tango teachers, with over 20 years of experience. They put the students front and centre and are dedicated to their learning and improvement. Their teaching approach provides all students with explicit, methodical and systematic instruction and guidance.

This course is suitable for people with little or no tango experience. We welcome total newbies!!

This course is also highly recommended for more experienced tango dancers who are curious about the structure of tango and interested in understanding the dance from a structural (as opposed to a figure-based) perspective. This perspective will expand your tango possibilities and provides the foundation for improvisation.

When: Wednesdays, July 27 – August 31, 7 – 8 pm.
Fee: $80 per person for 6 weeks, or $75 for students with ID. Payment is required at the first class on July 27.
Where: Brightroom, Staircase Cafe, 3rd floor, 27 Dundurn Street North.

Milonga pass: For an optional additional $20, students enrolled in this class can get a 6 week pass to our milonga (dance evening), which starts right after this class (8 – 11pm) and gives a great opportunity to practice your dancing and watch others dance.

A partner is not required to sign-up for these lessons. Reserve your spot today, as class size is limited. To sign-up, please fill out the form at this link:

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Thank you!

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Throughout the months of July and August: Tango Classes at the Princess Milonga with Miguel and Michelle Coppini, tango teachers from Buenos Aires

What’s new in Waterloo?

Every Friday night from 8 to 9pm, take advantage of this learning opportunity and dance better than ever!!

Miguel and Michelle Coppini are professional tango maestros from Buenos Aires with over 20 years of experience. They are inspiring, methodical and patient and have guided both beginners and experienced students to dance with more confidence, grace and skill.

The classes are suitable for all levels and will have a structural approach, focussing on leading and following skills, technique, as well as classic and new combinations.

After the class, enjoy a friendly milonga where you can practice to wonderful tango music and enjoy light refreshments.

We look forward to seeing you there!!

Class and milonga: $15; Milonga only (from 9 to 11:30pm): $10

The Princess Cinema is located at 46 King Street North, Waterloo.  There is free on-street parking, but it can be scarce on Friday nights.  There is free off-street parking in the lot just south of the Waterloo Public Library,1 block west of King on Albert, and the lot on Regina, 1 east of King and 2 blocks to the south (just below the train tracks).

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A big thanks to Al for this useful parking information.  🙂

Need more info?  Send an email to: miguelymichelletango(at)gmail.com

Tango Structure: A Solid Foundation for Improvisation

El Molinete, el Sandwichito and Ochos:  these are some common tango figures, learned and passed down from milonguero to milonguero.  The names are descriptive and metaphorically represent the movement of the couple, the positions of the feet or an outline drawn on a soft floor.

Do you think of them as complete figures?  Or can you decifer them into their components?  Do you have a figure-based or structural perspective of tango?

Did you know that Back Ochos are simply combinations of two back crosses, the first in one direction and the second in the opposite direction?

Tango can be considered a figure-based system, composed of a myriad of specific combinations.  These figures can be performed flawlessly through memorization and repetition, particularly if both members of the couple know the figure.

However, tango can be so much more!!!  One of the delights and defining characteristics of Argentine tango is that it is an evolving, improvised dance.  It is possible to create a truly personal, creative and even original experience with every song.  The path towards tango improvisation involves learning and understanding the underlying structure of tango.

Studying tango from a  structural perspective means focussing on effective leading and following in each step, recognizing the three steps of tango in all of their forms, mastering the turn (el giro) and changes of direction.  It includes the integration of elements such as sacadas, ganchos, colgadas and volcadas.   It is applicable to all styles of tango and respects the differences in each.  Both beginners and advanced dancers alike can benefit from a structural understanding of tango.  Each can grow and improve in her way, embarking on a path towards  improvisation.

Interested in learning more? Check out our class schedule.  In July, we are teaching in Waterloo,  Toronto and Hamilton.  Come join us — you will have a great time!!