We have planned Hsueh-Tze Lee’s Fundamentals workshops of October 5 and 12 specifically for this time of year. If you have joined our mailing list because you thought you might be interested in tango, but haven’t actually come yet, this is the perfect time to start. If you have come a few times but drifted away, this is a wonderful time to come back. If you are a regular on Thursday nights, this would be a wonderful time to take your fundamentals to the next level.
We have purposely planned to offer these workshops during our regularly scheduled Thursday evening tango sessions at Cotuit’s Freedom Hall, 976 Main St. We are definitely expecting that a number of our regulars will take the course. We are hoping that this will be a better way to integrate newcomers to the group. Cape Cod Tango is not just about dancing. It’s very much social as well. It’s a wonderful chance to meet interesting people of varying ages and backgrounds. We are concerned that a weekend workshop doesn’t allow newcomers to get a sense of this social aspect of the group.
There will be two hours of instruction on each of the two nights from 7 to 9 PM, followed by a half hour of practice until 9:30. The second night will build on what is learned the first. Instruction will be by Hsueh-tze Lee of Boston, one of the pioneers who introduced social Argentine tango to Boston back in the early 1990s. She is very well known internationally for her deep knowledge of the body mechanics needed to dance tango well and beautifully. Since tango is essentially a walking dance, there will be a focus on how tango walking differs from normal walking. Since social tango is completely improvisational, it’s necessary for partners to learn how to communicate just what is happening next. This non verbal movement communication is really the heart of the dance. Learn that, and all manner of fancy tango figures become possible.
We are hoping that our fall schedule of group classes going forward after the two workshop evenings will follow logically on the foundation built by the workshop. Hsueh-tze Lee will be back on October 19 for a 1.5 hour lesson and review, and Thursday group classes for the rest of the year will help build your tango vocabulary further. Stick with it, and hopefully you will be dancing tango by Christmas. Tango isn’t something you can pick up in just a few weeks, but once you start to see what it offers, it can become powerfully addictive. Think of this Autumn as the time to do a Tango Semester.
Social Argentine tango is very unlike ballroom dance tango. It is also different from the flamboyant, high kicking stage tango you might have seen on “Dancing With the Stars.” It is meant to be danced with others in an often crowded room. It’s not nearly so much a “show off” kind of dance as it is a wonderful non verbal close communication between two partners dancing in time to beautiful music. If you would like to see what our kind of tango looks like when danced by the current world champions, check out Stan Goldstein’s post on Cape Cod Tango Facebook Group page dated September 1 and entitled “Clarins.” This years champions are providing a demonstration in the news room of Argentina’s largest newspaper. If you would like to see ordinary mortals dancing at a social tango dance, check out “Amigo Milonguero, Sept. 2013” on YouTube.