Alicia Pons and Luis Rojas return to Seattle May 15-17

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Alicia Pons And Luis Rojas

“Close-Embrace” – “Milonguero-Style” Tango May 15-17th, 2015

Alicia Pons from Buenos Aires, a master teacher of the “milonguero style” is on her 14th year visit to Seattle, and a three-month tour of the USA. She will display her unique pedagogical methods in partnership with Luis Rojas, a spectacular close-embrace dancer. Classes will focus on the fundamentals and advanced technique of the most popular Argentine style. Experts or beginners can find it exhilarating and enormously useful. This progressive course for “all levels” will expand on:

Caminatas (walks): Parallel and crossed systems: leading with intention, not force

Deep, Circular Embrace, and Salidas (openings): direct, crossed system and circular motion.

Weight Changes: at different speeds, essential for all music, especially the milonga

Variations on the milonguero Ocho cortado (Cut “forward 8”)

Interpreting Different Orchestras and Rhythms: Biaggi and D’Arienzo

Turns (“giros”) and Counter-turns: velocity changes and acceleration in the turn.

Milonga (Luis Rojas’s specialty): transition from “Milonga Lisa” (smooth walk) to “Traspié” (Tripping); turns in double-time; “corridas” (runs) in different directions; and tips for dancing on a congested floor.

All Workshops Will Be At Dance Underground, 340 15th Ave E

Friday May 15th, 7 to 8.30 PM: “Women’s Only Workshop”
This is the class that established Alicia Pons as a “master teacher,” emphasizing the woman’s role in the dance. “Getting my body ready to dance”: Feet, axis and weight, balance, changing weight and movement, transforming the movement. “I dance too” (I contribute with my intention): Sensitivity to the lead; How to make it prettier; my embrace; walks and runs; ocho cortado; back ochos; turns.

Saturday May 16th:
From 1 to 2.30 PM Tango milonguero

From 3 to 4.30 PM Milonga lisa and traspié

Sunday May 17th:
From 1 to 2.30PM Vals milonguero

From 3 to 4.30 PM Advanced-couples only
Revealing “The Secrets of Tango Milonguero”
This pre-registration class is for advanced–couples only, with at least two years of intensive experience. It will cover: creativity and musical expression; changes of velocity and direction; communication: a dialog where partner’s bodies listen and influence each other’s dance; dancing the pauses and the silences; using energy transfers and not a physical force.

Cost: $ 35.00 for one class only, or $30.00 for each of two or more classes.

Private classes: May 14; 15; 18-20th. $100.00 with either teacher, $150.00 if both. Scheduling for private classes and “couples-only” class: Armando/Diana at 206-232-2580 (H) or 206-427-4036 (M).

Organizers: Armando Lindner, Ilana Rubin and Amy Allison.

Milongas: both teachers will attend “Cachirulo” on Friday and Dance Underground on Saturday.

VIDEOS: Alicia Pons and Luis Rojas (Mostly HD)

Dancing Tango in Chicago, 2014

Dancing at the milonga “Che Flores”

Dancing Milonga at el Beso in BA

Dancing Milonga in Mar del Plata