"Exploding Patterns" in Nevada City: July 2012
Recreating Your Tango
Beyond the Numbers ...
... with ...
Debbie Edwards & Stephen Bauer
A 90-Minute Tango Workshop at:
The Haven 228 Broad Street, Nevada
Tuesday July 17, 2012
7:30 - 9:00 pm
All Levels Welcome $15 / dancer
After the workshop please stay for:
Free Supervised Práctica 9:00 - 9:30
on the Workshop + Using "Patterns" in Tango
In our own time, one of the most common ways to introduce newer
dancers to Tango is to present them with a pattern
of some kind a pre-determined "routine" or sequence
of "steps" to study, memorize, practice and perform.
On the social dance floor, however, the many movements, shapes,
and ideas that unfold in Tango are completely fresh and improvised
in the moment, giving dancers a rich and dynamic experience
of spontanteous co-creation that can have almost no relationship
to executing the "little choreography" of a typical
Indeed, in many instances, it can be difficult, inapporpriate,
and even hazardous to try and use a given sequence of "steps"
on our smaller, more crowded, and more dynamic dance floors.
Yet if this is all that we know how to do, then our reliance
on patterns can make Tango frustrating to dance
and nearly impossible to enjoy.
In this 90-minute Exploding Patterns workshop, we
will take on this thorny "problem" directly and investigate
- Identify the building blocks of a familiar pattern
what its various components are, how it's put together,
why it's made the way it is ...
- Propose and explore a number of strategies aimed at overcoming
the limitations common to all patterns
how we can extract useful ideas, situations and relationships
from a given sequence of "steps," then transform these
elements into something new, fresh and original ...
- Find ever more effective ways to absorb, understand and practice
the improvisational nature of Tango a famous and elusive
"essence" of the dance that helps make it such a potent
and beguiling form of artistic expression.
- Lay claim to more of the underlying Core Principles
that make Tango possible on the improvised social dance floor
how to notice what factors are involved, how to make
them universal by taking them beyond any local example embedded
within a pattern, and how to extend and apply
these principles to other Tango situations helping us
to maximize what we already know, to invent and dance new shapes,
ideas and arrangements with confidence.
Together, we will seek a place where we are much less beholden
to a pre-determined sequence of "steps," no matter what
their source, and ever more able to enter, explore and create
our own unique and spontaneous expression of Tango at will,
in the moment, freed from the demands and restrictions of any
pre-determined pattern or "routine," and
more fully engaged in the famous improvisational flow the dance.
After this Tuesday Workshop, please stay for the
Practica - 9:00 - 9:30 ...
Deb + Stephen will be on hand to answer your questions
about anything Tango
For more Information about Learning + Dancing Tango in Nevada
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
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as dancers + teachers ...
Past Workshops + Events in Nevada City
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