Class in Santa Barbara May 11, 2012
8 - 9 pm just before the Milonguita
Friday, May 11 at Lisa's Kay's Studio, Goleta
with a Twist" + Milonguita Grande
Friday May 11, 2012
Lisa Kay's Dance Studio
6396 Hollister Avenue (at Aero Camino) - Goleta, CA
8:00 - 9:00 p.m. - FREE / All Levels Welcome *
9:00 - 3:00 a.m. - $15/dancer
Hosted by the incomparable Antonio Gaona
"Alas, we do not live by tango alone ...
sometimes, there must also be flan."
* All Levels Class = Accessible
to Newer Dancers ... with Fresh Challenges + Ideas
for Dancers with More Experience
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directions scroll down for more background on milonga
+ the class ...
Background on Milonga & Adding a "Twist"
Milonga in the Old Days Known for its Fun & Accessibility
During the "Golden Age" of the 1930s and '40s, milonga,
as both music and dance, played a distinctive role in tango culture
and helped create the overall shape of an evening of dancing.
For example: Despite its faster tempo, milonga
typically offered dancers in this era a welcome chance to "relax"
from the more challenging and intricate demands of tango:
|Milonga provided a predictable, even
beat that invited a simpler dance vocabulary, a straightforward
connection between partners, and plenty of energy and motion
qualities which magnified its lighter, "happier" sensibility.
As tango began to re-emerge in Argentina in the mid-1980s, older
tangueros brought this "Golden Age" approach back
onto the dance floors of Buenos Aires, reviving milonga
as a playful and easy-going interlude within the greater evening of
dancing something that even newer dancers and beginners could
find enjoyable and readily accessible.
But just as in earlier time periods, tango was once again on the
move with innovative and progressive dancers creating new shapes
+ relationships, and pushing the boundaries of the form ...
Milonga in our Own Time a Reputation as Fast & Challenging
As the 1990s dawned, milonga specialists like Tomi
O'Connell and Omar
Vega, among others, increasingly began to experiment with traspie
literally, "stumble foot" injecting rapid
double-time steps and syncopations into milonga's more
traditional single-time interpretation, and exponentially increasing
both its potential and its complexity.
|Inspired by this creativity, other open-minded dancers
picked up on the new possibilities, and milonga traspie
grew more widespread, gradually becoming a dominant form + something
we can see on dance floors all over the world.
As a result, while offering unique challenges, opportunities and
rewards to more experienced dancers, today's milonga
can seem dizzingly fast and daunting to newer dancers
Milonga can even be frustrating to those dancers able
to keep pace with the tempo, but who find themselves somehow "stuck
in a groove" returning to familiar shapes and ideas much
more often than they would like perhaps without ever really
discovering their own best way(s) to bust out, to explore and revel
in the vitality, energy and sheer joy of the music ...
Ironically, difficulties and frustrations like these "too
hard, too fast, too boring" are the very opposite
of what our tango grandparents experienced with their own milonga
on the social dance floors of the 1930s and '40s.
How to bring these two poles together to link the dynamism
and creativity of today's milonga with the effortless
pleasures that so many have enjoyed in the past ...?
Back to the Future Making Milonga Both Accessible + Dynamic
One approach we can use to help resolve and blend these apparently
Catch milonga's reliable inner pulse
(or "metronome") by tying into the traditional single-time
interpretation of our grandparents ... then add something new + unexpected
|In Friday night's "Milonga
with a Twist," we will take that idea literally by exploring
how we can transform some of milonga's simpler underlying
shapes in a variety of remarkable ways, all by adding a compelling
layer of rotation ...
Along the way, we may take a closer look at assorted/related topics,
- 4 ways of thinking about direction in tango
- 3 key pieces of information that leaders + followers send/receive
in each new step ... and why milonga uses only 2 of
- 3 ways for an individual dancer to create, store + express rotation
in their own body
- 3 more ways for the partners to find, share + unfurl rotation
in their larger co-creation: The Couple
- why any rotation has an "easy"+ "hard" side,
and how we can turn both ways with more verve + confidence
- how we can roll the "square" 1-2 of milonga
music against various "round" phrases + movements that
unfold for the dancers over 3 (or more) moments ...
- how we can use the principles behind scale + angle changes to
create fresh possibilities + artful contrasts
- how to let our milonga surge + flow in new ways
without the need to call on complex even/uneven system changes,
or to execute the rapid footwork of double-timed traspie
so that, beginner + longtime tanguero alike, we'll
never again be tempted to leave the dance floor + sit out another
tanda of milongas ...
Naturally, like our classes + workshops in Ojai and beyond, "Milonga
with a Twist" will also:
- be tuned to the needs + interests of the improvised, social dance
- address topics + ideas that work well in both closer + more open
- readily adapt and apply to tango + vals
situations ... just as easily as to milonga
- tap into + reinforce familiar "Core Tango Principles"
by helping dancers recognize and apply them in fresh + novel ways
- be fully accessible to raw beginners, while creating new + challenging
options for those with more experience
Give yourself a new "spin" on things join us for
the free class "Milonga with a Twist" and
help revolutionize even more of your dancing.
More About ...
Historical Background on Milonga
More about traditional
perspectives on milonga in tango's "Golden
Era," as well as its transformation into the modern form(s) we
know today from a May 2009 workshop in Ojai with tango teacher
+ pioneer Daniel
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
More on Debbie + Stephen
as dancers + teachers ...