Dance Styles


Argentine Tango


    Argentine Tango has been called “a secret danced between two people.”  The beauty of Tango lies in being totally "present," being completely aware of, and focused on your partner and the music.  It is more about the connection with your partner.

    Tango is an improvised dance, and no piece of music is ever danced the same way twice. Each dance is unique. Because neither partner knows exactly what will come next, Tango requires heightened sensitivity to your partner, while still expressing yourself.


    Once experienced, the magic of Tango is addictive.
    Linda Walsh


Argentine Tango Syllabus

Argentine Tango Syllabus UPDATED


    Tango Level 1 :Fundamentals( 12 weeks)    

    Prerequisite: None


    • Tango 1A:  Parallel system (4 weeks)

    • Tango 1B:  Cross system (4 weeks)

    • Tango 1C:  Ochos (4 weeks)

    Our introductory class for Argentine Tango is ideal for those with little or no experience.  This class covers the basic elements of lead, follow, balance, embrace, navigation, and more!





Argentine Tango Level 2


    Tango Level 2:  Giros(12 weeks)

    Prerequisite: Level 1


    • Giros 2A (4 weeks)
    • Giros 2B (4 weeks)
    • Giros 2C (4 weeks)
    Learn how to do the Giros.  Also known as the Grapevine or Molinete.    Your partner is in the center and you revolve around him.  Class will focus on  isolation of different body parts, alignment, axis, balance.


Argentine Tango Level 3


    Tango Level 3:  Musicality (12 weeks)

    Prerequisite: Level 2


    • Musicality 3A (4 weeks)
    • Musicality 3B (4 weeks)
    • Resolutions 3C (4 weeks)
    Improve your Tango musicality!

    First rule in dancing Tango is to always listen to the music!
    We focus so much on the figures that often music turn into some background noise.  To become a good Tango dancer, you’ll have to learn to dance to the music.   No objections!
    Good news is, musicality can always be improved!


Argentine Tango Level 4


    Tango Level 4:  (Each section can be taken in any order)

    Prerequisite: Level 3


    • Tango 4A: cambio de frente (4 weeks )
    • Tango 4B: Sandwich (sanguchito) variations (4 weeks)
    • Tango 4C: Sacadas (4 weeks ) 

    Sacada is a displacement of the feet.  Learn the proper technique.  Illusion vs. Reality !!!...

    Optically it looks as if one leg is pushing the other leg away but this is not the case.  Many times the feet do not even touch each other as the followers leg weightlessly moves out of the way.





Argentine Tango Level 5


    Tango Level 5: Technique

    Prerequisite: Level 4



    Technique 5A (4 weeks)
    Technique 5B (4 weeks)
    Technique 5C: Syncopations (4 weeks)

    Embellishments and more !!!
    Focus of this class is on developing strong technique,  and confidence.  Dancers will work independently as well as in partners to improve technically and grow artistically. 


Argentine Tango Level 6


    Prerequisite: Level 5


    Boleos 6A (4 weeks)
    Boleos 6B (4 weeks)
    Ganchos 6C (4 weeks)

    Learn the beautiful Boleos caused by the 'whip' action of the follower when an Ocho is quickly reversed in the middle.



Argentine Tango Level 7


    Prerequisite: Level 6


    Volcadas 7A (4 weeks)
    Volcadas 7B (4 weeks)
    Colgadas 7C (4 weeks)




Argentine Tango Level 8


    Figures for the dance floor !!!

    This class never Ends.  
    Learn a new fancy routine each time!!!



Dance floor navigation

Dance Floor Navigation and Etiquette Tips

    • The direction of travel on the dance floor always moves counter clockwise.
    • Number of lanes on the dance floor depends on the floor size and number of couples.
    • Enter the dance floor with caution, and only if the couple to the left has seen you.
    • Keep in your lane.  Do not criss-cross the lanes.
    • Avoid taking more than one step back and don't travel against the line of dance. 
    • Follow the couple ahead of you but always leave them enough space to take one step back. 
    • If there is a lot of space in front of you, most likely there is a jam behind you. 
    • Use the steps that suit the space you have available.
    • Try to stay in your lane.  If you must pass, pass on the left side.
    • Remember that all leaders have a blind spot on the right side. 
    • Remember, you are not only dancing with your partner, but every one else on the floor.



Milonga Etiquette

    What is a Milonga?

    The term Milonga has 2 meanings. 

    • Milonga is a Tango dance party in which people get together for the purpose of dancing Tango socially.  

    • Milonga also refers to a style/rhythm of tango dance.

    What should I wear?

    Dress code varies from Milonga to Milonga.  Its always safe to dress up a bit for a milonga. 
    Women should not wear clothing that restricts their movements. Women can wear pants to Milongas, but often where dresses or skirts with slits to allow for maxiumum movement. The one thing you might really want to avoid would be large belt buckles or broaches, bascially anything that would poke or interfere with the connection.

    How do I ask a woman to dance?

    The most elegant way to ask a woman to dance is to use what is called the cabeceo ("The look" or "The Nod of the Head"). The cabeceo is the act of asking a woman to dance by making eye contact with her. If she holds your look and nods back then she has accepted your offer. If she looks away then she has refused your offer.  It gives women the power to say no, while not hurting the ego of the man.

    The aboslutely wrong way to ask someone to dance is the walk up to them, grab their arms and say "Let's dance," as you drag them to the dance floor.


    Is it ok for women to ask men to dance?
    It is generally accepted, that men ask women to dance, but women can occasionally ask men to dance.  A better strategy might be for women to approach a man and begin a conversation and he very well might ask her to dance. She could also say things like, “I would love to dance with you sometime” or “I would appreciate a dance later if you would like.” Also, it might be nice for women to ask a new dancer that might seem shy and unsure of himself.

    Can I say no to being asked to dance? Does it hurt their feelings?
    Yes... and probably yes. There is no perfect answer here, but you are not required to dance with anyone and you don’t necessarily have to give a reason for it. If you are tired, then you can say that you are tired.  If you are truly done dancing, one strategy that women employ is to take off their shoes.

    However, if you refuse a dance with someone, I would wait until the next Tanda before accepting a dance with someone else. It could be seen as rude to refuse a dance, especially if you make up an excuse, and then immediately accept another dancers invitation.

    What is a tanda?
    Tango DJ’s usually play music in either 3 or 4 song sets called tandas. All of the songs in a tanda usually have a theme such as the same orchestra with the same singer and/or from the same time period.

    The songs are usually all tangos, all waltzes (vals) or all milongas. So if you start dancing to a vals you can be assured that the next 2 or 3 songs will also be vals.

    The songs should have a similar rhythm and feeling to them, which allows you to get into a groove with your dance partner by the second or third song.  Good DJs will not radically switch rhythms or themes during a tanda. Leaders will often start off leading very simple moves during the first song to get a good connection with that partner and if the connection is good they might start exploring more advanced ideas during the final songs.

    How many songs am I expected to dance with a person?
    If you accept a dance with someone, it is expected that you would dance an entire tanda with that person. There are only a few exceptions to this:

    • the person you are dancing with causes you pain or discomfort
    • the person you are dancing with says something inappropriate

    What is a cortina?
    A tanda will end with a cortina (curtain). A cortina is usually a non-tango song that will last 30 to 45 seconds and signals the dancers that the tanda is over. During the cortina leaders usually escort the followers back to their tables.

    Can I dance two tandas with the same dancer?
    Traditionally, this would mean that their was some romantic interest between the two dancers. In Canada, it does not necessarily mean that, but you might want to keep in mind that it could definitely be seen as flirtatious.

    Should I say “thank you” after a dance?
    Traditionally, saying “thank you” meant that the dance is over and that you would like to stop dancing with that person. This is rarely the case today. It is usually just something people say after a song. However, I would avoid saying it, instead, I would say something like “that was a nice dance” or “you are wonderful dancer” etc. I would save the “thank you” for after the tanda is over, just to save any miscommunication.

    Should I walk her back to her table?
    If you can continue a conversation while walking her back to her table then that is nice.  But if she says thank you quickly and heads off on her own in a random direction, you do not have to follow her.

    Do not walk across the dance floor when people are dancing.
    If there is no other way to get to the other side of the room then wait for the song to end and then cross.

    Please be considerate of your other dancers by avoiding things that may cause a strong ordor ( ie. garlic, tuna, strong perfumes etc...)






Salsa Level 5, Lesson 3B

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Argentine Tango Etiquette

    Respect ... the person you are dancing with
    Respect ... the culture & heritage of Tango
    Respect ... the music & the band
    Respect ... the people around you


    Before the Dance:

    Dress appropriately for the event.

    • For a milonga, dress up a little.  You cannot go wrong with black; tango is an elegant dance. 
    • For a practica, dress comfortably and sensibly.  Be tasteful;

    If you are interested in dancing, show your intentions.

    • If you are at a table, that might prevent others from approaching you, excuse yourself and stand by the edge of the dance floor to let others know of your intentions to dance.   Do not expect someone to interrupt your conversation with another. 
    • Try not to carry on a prolonged conversation if you are close to the edge of the dance floor, give room to those looking to dance.

    Always ask for a dance in a polite manner, whether verbally or non-verbally.

    • Seek out those looking to dance, avoid bothering anyone who has no desire to dance. 
    • If you must interrupt a conversation for a dance, do so discreetly.  Never go out to the dance floor and then motion someone to join you.
    • It is acceptable for a follower to initiate a dance offer.  It is also a nice touch to introduce yourself. 

    If you must decline a dance offer, do so sincerely.

    • It is not an offense to sit out a song or two.  Sitting out a song means never to accept another invitation for the same song that you have declined from someone else. 
    • The best way to decline an offer is to not get one in the first place; stay engaged in activities, like conversation, that deter others from asking.

     

    Gracefully accept any rejection to a dance offer.

    • If the same person denied your offers several times within the same event, take the hint that the person may have no interest in dancing with you. 

     

    The leader always escorts the follower onto the dance floor, regardless of who initiated the offer.

    • It is also customary for the leader and follower to meet up by the edge of the dance floor, mostly from a non-verbal invitation.

    When proceeding onto the dance floor, do so cautiously.

    • Dancers on the dance floor always have the right of way.  Never walk across the dance floor while other people are dancing.


     During The Dance:

    Accepting to dance is an obligation to dance the entire song.

    • One never terminates the dance pre-maturely, unless there is significant reason.  A person dancing below your expectation is not a significant reason. 
    • If you must pre-maturely terminate a dance, do so without making a scene.
    Dancing multiple songs in a row with the same partner is common practice.


Salsa Syllabus

    Salsa is one of the most popular Latin Street dances. 

    Whatever your skill and fitness level, whether you are bringing a partner or signing up individually, our salsa lessons are for you.   Learn the spicy Salsa in our fun, comfortable and social environment today! 

    Check out our Salsa Syllabus today!



Salsa Level 1


    Salsa Level 1 :Fundamentals( 12 weeks)    

    Prerequisite: None


    • Salsa 1A:  Basics (4 weeks) 

    • Salsa 1B:  Right & Left Turns (4 weeks)

    • Salsa 1C:  Cross Body Lead (4 weeks)

    Our introductory class for Salsa is ideal for those with little or no experience.  This class covers the basic steps, lead, follow and more!

    Salsa Level 1A Summary



Salsa Level 2


    Salsa Level 2 :  Turn Combinations I ( 6 weeks )
    Prerequisite:  Salsa Level 1A, 1B, 1C

    Travel in Style!  Spice up your Salsa with the traveling turns.  Fine tune your basics and add some Cuban hip motion for some extra styling. 

    Salsa Level 2 Summary





Salsa Level 3


    Salsa Level 3 (Turn Combinations II)  6 weeks
    Prerequisite:  Salsa Level 1, 2
    Students at this level should have a very good understanding of the Lead and follow of inside and outside turns and variations of these turns. 
    Focus of this class is on learning more complex turn patterns with different hand variations while strengthening the Salsa fundamentals. 
    Reserve your spot today!


Salsa Level 4 (Intermediate)


    Salsa Intermediate Level ( 24 weeks) : Can be taken in any order.

    Level 4A:  Shines
    Level 4B:  Styling for the Right & Left Turns
    Level 4C:  Styling for the Cross Body Lead
    Level 4D:  Free Spins & Dips

    Pre-requisites:  Salsa Level 1, 2, 3

    Take your Salsa to the next level !  Fine tune your technique and styling, various arm styling options for the Ladies. 



Salsa Level 5 (Advanced)


    Salsa Level 5 ( Advanced Level )
    This class NEVER ENDS.

    Pre-requisites:  Salsa Level 1,2,3,4

    Focus of this class is on learning new steps/ routines, proper connection, Lead/Follow, Musicality.  Some of the material covered includes hand tricks, illusions, Dips, Complex turn patterns, Body isolation/ body rolls.

    Salsa Level 5, Lesson 3a
    Salsa Level 5, Lesson 3b



Salsa Level 5, Lesson 3a

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Hustle

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East Coast Swing

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Samba

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Mambo

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Cha Cha

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    CDTA Cha Cha Syllabus


Rumba

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    CDTA Rumba Syllabus


Tango

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FoxTrot

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Waltz

    An elegant dance that develops "graceful movement and poise." Every wedding reception, "black-tie" formal, social and holiday party includes Waltz steps. Waltz is a slow dance with distinctive rise and fall motion.