"80 Turns" Workshop in Nevada City: April
"Around the Floor in 80 Turns"
Cycles, Circles &
Syntax on the Social Dance Floor
90-Minute Workshop + 30-Minute Práctica,
followed by Two Hours of Social Dancing
to "Golden Age" + Contemporary Tango
107 Sacramento Street, Nevada City
April 26, 2015
6:00 - 10:00 pm
All Levels Welcome $15 / dancer
on the Workshop: Cycles, Circles + Syntax in Tango
Deeply rooted in human physiology, the familiar Forward -
Side - Back - Side progression of steps is shared by folk
and circle dances in many
cultures there are variants in Africa,
and it has been incorporated into any number of partner
dances as a basic "pattern" or sequence.
Unlike other forms and traditions, however, Tango adopts this
simple and accessible idea ... and then reinvents it transforming
it from a repetitious elementary "figure" into the powerful
basis for an ongoing and ever-unfolding improvisation between
In some of its most common incarnations in Tango, the Forward
- Side - Back - Side series might curve and turn into some
kind circular shape a vuelta ("turn")
or giro (turn with the connotation of "spin").
||What is referred to as a molinete
("little mill" or "pinwheel") is just
one of many examples of the Forward - Side - Back - Side
cycle in Tango a version that uses all four steps in
sequence, all going in the same direction + all orbiting a
single stable center to create a full 360° circle.
of a typical four-sided Molinete in Tango
A classic Molinete - the
toy on a stick ...
In "Around the Floor in 80 Turns,"
we will take a closer look at the Forward - Side - Back - Side
cycle, exploring some its many incarnations + applications throughout
Tango, and gaining a deeper understanding + appreciation of just
how useful, creative and powerful this idea can be on the improvised
social dance floor.
Along the way, we will aim to:
- Understand how the Forward - Side - Back - Side cycle
relates to "walking" how they are different,
how they are same, why it matters ...
- Notice the variables at play in the Forward - Side - Back
- Side cycle, then actively choose among these applying
them "at will" to create a more potent, innovative
and personal Tango ...
- Learn how to blend + combine our conceptual knowledge with
fluent technical mastery + execution to enchance the interaction,
communication, and moment-by-moment exchange between partners
- Devise fresh strategies to balance the "familiar"
with the "novel" keeping everything smooth and
readily accessible to both partners, no matter what their individual
skill levels or background ... all as we shift + adapt what
we do together "on the fly," to accommodate any kind
of music, situation, embrace, and/or changing floor conditions
- Consider some of other ways that Tango takes special advantage
of the Forward - Side - Back - Side cycle ... especially
how this deeper syntax comes into play as the basis + foundation
for any number of more complex movements, ideas and relationships
including ochos, ochos cortados, sacadas, boleos,
ganchos, lapices, paradas, pasadas, enrosques, arrastres/barridas,
planeos, calesitas, enganches, llevadas, cambios/alterations,
volcadas + colgadas.
Please join us at the Stonehouse in Nevada City
on April 26 as we circumnavigate the possibilieis together,
and discover new ways to go "Around
the Floor in 80 Turns" ...
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More About ...
More on the sensibility and practice
of Argentine Tango, insights into its improvisation and creativity,
and links to online resources for additional background and perspective
Debbie Edwards + Stephen Bauer
Debbie + Stephen have been dancing + improvising together
on Tango's social dance floor for more than 16 years, making
their partnership one of the longest + most enduring on the
Based in Ojai, California, Deb + Stephen have also been hosting
and teaching locally since 2003, sharing Tango by way of their
one-of-a-kind "All Levels" Workshops on 1st
+ 3rd Monday Nights offering more than 300 sessions
over the past 12 years and in the unique "X"
Session, an interactive exchange which is part of their
weekly Tuesday Night Tango
gathering in Ventura.
Unlike most learning opportunities, these forums present +
explore the dance from a Principle Based perspective,
with the aim of helping dancers find, discover, consider + engage
Tango's many possibilities for themselves, on their own terms.
Over the years, Stephen + Deb have found that an approach like
this allows and encourages each individual dancer + couple alike
to create a more personal and potent Tango one that is
not only flexible, creative and technically rich, but also one
that is built on a solid foundation of our essential shared
humanity, leavened with mindful helping of awareness, attention,
presence and non-judgment.
Fluent in many modes, methods, "styles" and aspects
of Tango, Deb + Stephen are both skilled at both roles
leading + following. They are more likely to be found studying
in class as students than operating in front of
a class as "teachers." And in any given month, together,
they typically spend a combined 60-plus hours on the social
dance floor more than 300 tandas a month
improvising Tango with each other and with a wide variety of
partners, of all experience levels, in both roles, to all kinds
of music, in all kinds of embraces, situations, venues + floor
In addition to their activities centered in Southern California,
since 2009, Deb + Stephen have also helped nurture + mentor
an emerging Tango community in Nevada City / Grass Valley.
For more on Debbie + Stephen as dancers, organizers
+ teachers, please follow this
Past Workshops + Events in Nevada City
Rundowns on some of Debbie + Stephen's previous Tango offerings in
Chef" (Kinetic Concoctions for Tastier Tango)
Nevada City, February 2015
House That Milonga Built (Foundations + Innovations)
Nevada City, March 2013
Mid-Winter's Tango Lab Nevada City, December 2012
Introduction to Milonga Nevada
City, September 2012
Patterns - Your Tango Beyond the Numbers Nevada
City, July 2012
Mid-Winter's Tango Lab Nevada City, December 2011
the World in 180° - Tango's Media Vuelta
Nevada City, November 2011
on a Dime - Compact Rotations in Vals Reno, Nevada,
+ Turnado #759 (A Dynamic Turn to the Right)
Nevada City, July 2011
to Tango in 30 Minutes + Supervised Práctica
Nevada City, March 2011
to Tango in 30 Minutes + Supervised Práctica
Nevada City, December 2010
Exploratorium - Workshops & SYRCL Fundraiser
Nevada City, Sept. 2009
Exploratorium - Workshops Grass Valley/Nevada City,