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A methodology to learn how to dance Argentine tango with 

balance, dynamism, agility and freedom of movement.



Movimiento y Tango © (Movement and Tango) it is a methodology designed to study, learn and perfect Argentine tango.
The original methodology was designed by Claudio Buratti, who in 1999 began to develop and apply it. From 2010, he continued its development in Tenerife in collaboration with Silvia Gutiérrez.
The methodology was created as a fusion of multiple disciplines and practices: Thai Chi Chuan, the Kung fu, Rolfing, contemporary dance, improvisation, theatre dance, Contact improvisation, and of course the Argentine tango.

The principles of the methodology Movimiento y Tango © are based on relaxation, deep communication and the strategy of movement to obtain a dynamic, fluid, light dance together with intensity... but without the use of minimal force!

Although the methodology has been developed based on complex rules and strategies of movement, the learning process is essentially simple and progressive, based on a natural approach suitable for different levels of ability. In the same class or tutorial people of different levels and experience can work together. The beginners will learn the basic concepts and the people with more experience will learn more in-depth principles and details about the methodology. The progression, the exercises and the original proposals of the methodology will lead to the understanding and performing of the movements in a natural and harmonious way.
The type of “study / holiday“ combination that a week with Vacaciones Tango Tenerife (Tango Holiday in Tenerife) offer, help to achieve significant results. The participants, while enjoying the holiday spirit, are able to take advantage of a wonderful climate, overlooking the ocean, in contact with nature, where they will naturally discover a state of total " body / mind relaxation " far away from their everyday problems.  A perfect environment for this type of activity.





The basis of study and experimentation in the course:
The following points summarise the experimental program that leads the participants to understand and apply the principles of the methodology. In the regular tango holidays that we offer (with a timetable from 9 to 12 hr./week), good results and notable progress are obtained such as a change in the quality of movement.
In these week long courses, in addition to the classes, we include a series of alternative activities that combine the study of tango with some other agreeable relaxing holiday activities; sun, sea, hiking, Pilates, musicality, lunches and dinners with outdoor milongas and tangueros fiestas located away from the hotel.

The dates offered, with the details of the week, can be seen by following the link of the menu:(Agenda dates weeks 2014 - Details of the week)
1. Warm up
Raise awareness, to bring together the opening and the stretching of the joints (ankles, knees, pelvis, spine, shoulders, elbows)
2. Dissociation and sensitization of the pelvis
We will be learning how to use the pelvic joints, the most complex and important area in every aspect of dance movement. With an exercise sequence designed to sensitize and align the pelvis, we will discover how the pelvis can move to perform a variety of actions. A significant part of the lesson will be dedicated to searching for the point "C" of the hip.
3. Contact and communication
Relaxing every part of the body and drawing the attention towards "the interior" of the body of the couple, we will create a total connection: it will be possible to perceive the thoughts of the partner and their intention in relation to the movement. We will eliminate the concept of "the man leads and the woman follows" and we will replace it with the deeper concept of "the man thinks and the woman feels".
4. Communication strategy
We will study and apply the strategy of communication where the man will mentally anticipate the choreography with regard to the music and to the woman. The woman will follow part of the movement in a passive manner as a consequence of the movement of the man, developing her presence only in the parts of the movement that determine her expression.
5. The pulse of the movement
We will apply musical theories and physical exercises with the objective of changing the pulse of the movement at the optimal point (in general it coincides with the change of weight). As this impulse coincides with the relaxation of the point "C" of the hip and with a deep connection with the ground, a movement described as a large opening will emerge. The dancers will discover their capacity and expressive dimension along with the balance of their own body. Finally we will make the pulsation of the movement coincide with the musical pulse.
6. The Snake Step
A special sequence called the "snake step" because of the characteristics of the movement, contains all the rules and strategies studied in the methodology.
The "snake step" is studied and analysed as a sequence of movements rather than a sequence of steps. The sequence begins with simple movements working up to more complex and advanced movements. The combination of movements transform into tango steps, the application of the rules of the methodology create simplicity and agility and the continuity of movement transforms harmoniously. The “snake step” is a good example of a technique which can be applied when changing direction, performing giros, sacadas and arrastradas and all steps executed in a continuous way.Balance, simplicity and harmony are united with intensity, but at the same dance floor etiquette is maintained.







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