past courses

Intensive course with                Olga & Sergiy Podbolotniy

MARCH 29-31, 2019 (Fri 18-21, Sat 12-15, Sun 12-15)

DAY 1. 

Three different structures for turns:  technique and variations.

 

DAY 2. 

Dancing in limited space. 

Variations for boosting your musical creativity.

DAY 3. 

Repetition from previous days 1h.

Part II. Milonga is EASY! Playful sequences for having more fun when dancing milonga. 

Intensive course for followers 

February 15-16  (Sat 12-14 Sun 12-14)

EVERYTHING you need to know about becoming an unforgettable dancer. Detailed program:

Day 1 
Part 1. Walking and Density
Part 2. DISSOCIATION, torsion, turns, giros

Day 2
Part 1. Torsion and boleos
Part 2 Adornos 

We finish day 2 with a choreographic sequence including the elements we have been training.

Milonga from A to Z with Eirik and Olga

Februar 9 og 10 kl 12-15

FORDYPNINGSKURS I TEKNIKK, STRUKTUR, MUSIKALITET, LA BALDOSA, AMERICANA, DOUBLE TIME AND SYNCOPATION, TRADISJONELL MILONGA OG NUEVO. 


 VI BEGYNNER MED BASICS OG DEKKER ALLE VIKTIGE FIGURER I MILONGA. 
VI FOKUSERER PÅ MUSIKALITET, IMPROVISASJON, OG HJELPER TIL Å FINNE BÅDE RO OG LEKENHET I DIN MILONGA DANS. 

Technique for followers in Gloppen Tango, Sandane

January 26-27 (Sat 15-18 Sun 12-15)

Day 1.

Part one

WALKING LIKE A PANTER: key elements of body alignment and balance, axis and movement, walking with grace in your upper body, legs and footwork, elegance of your free foot, adornos when we walk

Part two

How to become a BETTER FOLLOWER: BREATHING the melody and expressing DENSITY

Conscious use of the body and the feeling we produce when dancing with partner.  Various density degrees:  what it is and how to express. How to be a responsible “follower” and how to create a “dialogue” in the dance. Focusing on constant movement, smooth weight transition

 

Day 2.

Part one

ESSENCIALS of TURNS

We analyze possibilities for turns, our axis and feelings. The right and wrong use of the embrace for torsion. When to start turn, when to finish? Some secrets on how to get the circular feeling, the size, the timing & rhythm, and direction of steps according to the turn. Exercise for smooth balanced ochos and giros.

 

BOLEOS

We continue with torsion and how to use the energy of a spiral in your upper body, what happens with your hips, what happens with your leg all the way down to the toes. We will learn how to keep boleos low but elegant or how to let it fly without kicking someone behind! Boleos as adornos? Why not? I will explain when and how. We will train “action” and “reaction” of back boleos.

We finish with a choreographic sequence including the elements we have practiced on and some adornos.

BACK TO SCHOOL with               

Olga & Sergiy Podbolotniy

August 16-18, 2019 (Fri 18-21, Sat 12-15, Sun 12-15)

DAY 1. 

Primary school. DEEP BASICS: embrace, walking, communication

 

DAY 2. 

Secondary school. TURNS: technique, variations with giros and sacadas

DAY 3. 

High school. BOLEOS circular and in line

WHEN and WHERE

 

Nordnes Bydelshus

Friday 16 August  18:00-21:00  

Saturday 17 August 12:00 - 15:00

Sunday 18 AUgust 12:00 - 15:00

 

REGISTRATION & PRICE

 

1100,- per person

​Early bird discount until Juny 14only for registration in COUPLES
1800,-  per couple

registration email: olga.shangina@hotmail.com

Obs! registration is binding! No refunds for no-show up! 

Sergiy Podbolotnyy started dancing in 2006 and since then he never stops learning, first as a dancer and then as a teacher. In 2010 he moved to Shanghai and dedicated 8 years to creating and developing one of the biggest tango schools in China - TangoGo. He has been teaching, performing and dancing in Australia, China, Korea, Singapore and all over Europe. He also won Tango Salon Championship in China in 2015. Together with his partners he organized Shanghai International Tango Marathon, one of the most known tango events in Asia. In his teaching he put priority on body techniques , since he believe that its impossible to build good connection in a couple without strong personal technique. Sergiy tries to make his lessons fun and simple in order to be able to look at tango as a simple dance.

Olga have danced tango for over 13 years and  has teached in the local tango community in Bergen for 6 years. She has a background in folk dance from her childhood together with a musical school in Russia. She has done 2 years of ballet in my youth. She discovered tango for herself in 2005 when she walked into her first tango lesson with Pasi and Maria Lauren. Recently the most influence on her dance and teaching apporach was made by, among others, Pablo Inza, Noelia Hurtado and Carlitos Espinoza, Maja Petrovic and Marko Miljevic.

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her teaching methods are based on understanding how the body and muscles work in the dance to create grounded movements that also look beautiful. When she dances she search for ways of expressing myself, the music and the moment she is in. She is fond of close embrace and believes that the embrace and presence in the dance from both the leader as well as the follower is the fundamentals of tango.

Intensive course with                Olga & Sergiy Podbolotniy

JANUARY 18-20, 2019 (Fri 18-21, Sat 12-15, Sun 12-15)

DAY 1. 

Change and variations of dynamics. How to achieve better communication and connection in tango.

Elasticity and change of embrace for more complicated structures: examples with sacadas.

 

DAY 2. 

Doublings and Syncopas. When and how based on playful examples.

 

DAY 3. 

Repetition from previous days 1h.

Part II. Direction changes in waltz.

WHEN and WHERE

All lessons take place in Nordnes Bydelshus (Klosteret 2)

Friday 18 Jan 18:00-21:00

Saturday 19 Jan 12:00 - 15:00

Sunday 20 Jan 12:00 - 15:00

 

Intensive course Part II

NOVEMBER 16-18 (Fri 18-21, Sat 12-15, Sun 12-15)

Day 1 IMPROVING posture, embrace and elegance. This is a technique class in couples where we will drill into dynamics and communication between dancing partners, as well as we will do various exercises to understand better our own body and the body/movements of our partner. This is a continuation of work we did in October and a warm up for serious work on spirals and boleos.

Day 2 SPIRALS: how to use energy from upper body, application in Boleos. We will work on the technique for smooth pivot for leaders and followers and further we will progress to the technique for forward and back boleo. We will work on how to generate the impulse as a leader and how to receive it as a follower. We will work on various height and speed of boleos, directed by the lead, but also accentuating the music with boleos. We will train various combinations you can later use in your dancing.

Day 3 Two in one! First part: Waltz! and then 1,5h Milonga

Intensive tango course with Olga & Diego Denett Part I

OCTOBER 26-28, 2018

Day 1: Embrace me! We will work on an elastic embrace that will help the communication and improve the dynamic of your dance. We will be focusing on variations of embrace, changing the embrace during the dance, feeling comfortable in the embrace of each other, feeling and showing presence in the embrace, using the embrace as communication and as a main point of leading-following. We will pay special attention to Elegance and Dynamic, change of weight, density and musicality.

Day 2: Circular dynamics and Spirals. We will learn how to move circular using dissociation and the energy from the upper body, but at the same time to stay in balance and in contact with your partner. We go through technique and applications in Ochos and Sacadas (for leaders and followers)

 

​Day 3: Something different, something new. We repeat material from the previous two days. After Milonga Special! Some most useful tools for milonga, and some playful stuff!

Intensive tango course with Olga & Michal 

9 hours
17 - 19 August 2018

day 1 /August 17/

BACK to Basics - It is never enough! embrace, posture, balance, connection, with playful examples u can use after on the dance floor. 

day 2 /August 18/

Turn me on! Turns and giros with various modifications. Structures with change of direction paying attention to music interpretation.

day 3 /August 19/

Something old and something new: 1st hour we REPEAT the material from the previous two days. 
2 hours for Waltz SPECIAL. Turns, new structures, and musicality.

Intensive tango course with Olga & Diego Denett

9 hours
11-13 may 2018

Day 1

BACK to Basics - It is never enough! Basics for embrace, posture, balance and connection in order to go deeper into the technique of sacadas for leaders and followers. We will start with a basics warm-up, then we will go into details of how to do sacadas and how to place them in walking, giros and semigiros. We will give you playful examples we will work on and you will be able to use them during milonga.   ​

Day 2. 

Creativity BOOST! Improvisation in tango: how to learn structures but not make them your habit. How to break the structure and find new possibilities. We will look info good and bad habits with some popular structures where we will explore different options for the same movement. We will pay special attention to music interpretation.

Day 3.  

Something old and something new: 1st hour we REPEAT the material from the previous two days. 
2 hours for MILONGA SPECIAL! Having fun in most tiny spaces - popular combinations from a new perspective.

Intensive tango course with Olga & Diego

9 hours
16-18 february 2018

Day 1 Elegance and Dynamic of Walking. Different ways of walking, paying special attention to the elegance and technique, but also to the dynamics in the movement resulting from the music and your own musicality. Throughout the class we will work on an elastic embrace that will ease the communication.  

Day 2. Circular dynamics and Spirals. We will learn how to move circular using dissociation and the energy from the upper body, but at the same time to stay in balance and in contact with your partner. We go through technique and applications in Ochos and Boleos.​

 

Day 3.  

Waltz – we continue with circular movements and learn some useful musical patterns for waltz.

Milonga -Different elements of milonga “lisa” and “traspié” to have fun also in tight spaces.  

Intensive tango course with Olga & Diego Calarco

9 hours
10-12 november 2017

day 1 /November 10/​

Dynamic CHANGES OF WEIGHT and different ways of walking

CIRCULAR dynamics

Communication / reception of the MOVEMENT

Technique and combinations with different RHYTHM structures​

day 2 /November 11/​

SPIRALS:  how to use the energy from your upper body

How to manage the 3 levels of your body

TECHNIQUE and APPLICATION in ochos / sacadas / boleos​

day 3 /November 12/​

ALTERATIONS

Changes of DIRECTION

Analysis of the different POSSIBILITIES of direction

Changes of DYNAMICS

Resourceful tools for IMPROVISATION

Intensive tango course with olga & Gustavo

5 hours 
9 -10 September 2017

day 1 /September 09/

Combinations to enrich your tango-vocabulary:  Enlanzados and Barridas, Colgadas.

day 2 /September 10/

Playful combinations with various Boleos and Sacadas

Intensive tango course with Olga & Michal 

9 hours 
18-20 August 2017

 

day 1 /August 18/​

Back to basics - intensive workshop with the aim to strengthen basic technique for leaders and followers

day 2 /August 19/​

Turns with various modifications, giros. Structures with change of direction

day 3 /August 20/​

Part 1: How to do calesita and planeo and keep balance. Adornos for followers. 

Part 2: Waltz 

Intensive tango course with olga & Gustavo

6 hours 
17-18 June 2017

day 1 /June 17/​

Circular movements in small space: structures in Giros, adding Ganchos and Sacadas​

day 2 /June 18/​

Sacadas of various degree of difficulty, sacadas for followers

Structures with change of direction

Intensive tango course with olga & Gustavo

6 hours 
29-30 April 2017

day 1 /April 29/

VOLCADAS

 

BARRIDAS

day 2 /April 30/

MILONGA

GANCHOS

Intensive tango course with Olga & Gabriel

9 hours 
31 - 2 April 2017

Day 1: EMBRACE ME!

 

During the “Embrace me!” seminar, we will be focusing on variations of embrace, changing the embrace during the dance, feeling comfortable in the embrace of each other, feeling and showing presence in the embrace, using the embrace as communication and as a main point of leading-following. To do this we will use playful combinations that can be used on the dance floor. This seminar is especially aimed at new dancers but will also suit intermediate and upper-intermediate dancers who what to improve their embraces and to adapt to changing from close to open embrace during the dance.

Day 2: BOLEOS

 

There are “boleos”. “booooleos”, “Boleos”, “boleOs” and “BOLEOS”! Front boleos, back boloes, linear boleos Kick-ass boleos and lower boleos for busy dance floors. Still all kind of boleos have the same technique. We work in details on the technique for smooth pivot for leaders and followers and further we will progress to the technique for forward and back boleo. We will work on how to generate the impulse as a leader and how to receive it as a follower. We will work on various height and speed of boleos, directed by the lead, but also accentuating the music with boleos. We will train various combinations you can later use in your dancing.

Day 3: MILONGA

We will be working on the rythmical sequences for milonga in close embrace. The class  is aimed at various patterns in the rythm with a focus on the accents found in the musical phrase.

 

WALTZ

In tango-waltz circularity is the King! We will turn around own axis or around partner’s axis. By training various sequences, we will focus on the flow, circularity, and different rhythmic structures when dancing tango-waltz.

Intensive tango course with Olga & Gabriel

9 hours 
14-15 january 2017

day 1 /January 14/

LET'S PLAY! 5-step sequences to use with the rhythmical music of orchestras such as Juan D’Arienzo, Enrique Rodríguez or Rodolfo Biagi! During this session of about 3 hours you will learn:

- the basics of changing dynamics and direction

- how and when to switch from slower to faster rhythm and vice-versa

- to recognize common rhythmical music patterns

- various 5-step (or more) combinations to expand your rhythmical tango vocabulary for the social milonga. These are linear or circular sequences in either parallel or crusado systems that are aimed to emphasize the music characteristics while preserving your spot or using minimal space in the ronda. Some less common techniques will be approached as the base for executing these combinations. 

day 2 /January 15/

LET'S PLAY AGAIN! Popular waltz cadenas! During this session of 1.5 hours you will learn:

- the rhythm basics for the Creole/Argentinian Waltz

- the general rotation principles used in waltz

- two popular waltz cadenas to use for the social milonga. Cadenas are circular sequences that can be “never-ending” chained during the dance to advance the couple in the ronda using a rotational movement instead of a linear one.

LET'S PLAY EVEN MORE! Milonga! During this session of 1.5 hours you will learn:

- musicality concepts pertaining to the milonga beat

- how to use the height changes for the change of dynamics

- the “opposite hips movement” concept and some applications of it

Intensive tango course with Olga & Horia

9 hours 
September 2016​

day 1 /september 03/

Topic 1. Simple ways of dancing and never-ending creativity in milonga

 

Topic 2. Milonga steps in tango and their importance

 

During this session of about 3 hours you will learn all important steps to improvise to a milonga. We will use combinations of steps to push the creativity and make it fun to dance milonga. We will talk about the technique and the importance of controlling the axis, but most importantly we will have a lot of fun.

day 2 /september 04/

Topic 3. Effortless back and front ochos with change of direction. Some decorations for followers.

 

Topic 4.  Men sacadas in front ochos with decorations.

 

The idea behind this 3 hour session is to make smooth and fluent ochos, and at the same time to react to the direction change. As a cherry on the top of the cake we will implement some decorations/adornos for followers. Taking this sequence even further we will propose men sacadas in front ochos with decorations. We will practice the technique being aware of what is happening in the embrace.

day 3 /september 10/

Topic 5.  Back and front boleos using ochos technique

 

Topic 6. Circular movements around common axis implementing boleos and adornos

 

We will work on the smooth pivot for both leaders and followers, on how the leader starts generating the boleo and how it is built up through the follower’s body. We will practice various boleos, front and back, low and high in open and later close embrace. We will work most on a sequence of back and front boeos with non pivotal movement when the leader goes around the follower’s axis. To give you more ideas for creativity we will implement boleos and some decorations when moving around common axis.

day 4 /september 11/

Topic 7. The ways of leading giros and types of giros with parada. Introducing ganchos.

 

Topic 8. Sacadas, lápiz, enrosque with giro

 

We will make you to do giros in a smoother, lighter and more presice way. We will focus on technical and  rythmical precision. As a cherry on the top of the cake we will introduce ganchos in giros. During the last our we will let the men to show off with sacadas, lapiz and enrosque.

Intensive course for followers 

April  13-14  (Sat 12-14 Sun 12-14)

Secrets of an Italian maestra. Detailed program:

Day 1 
Ochos and Giros, ornaments in giros. Choreography

Day 2

Balance and boleos. Choreography

WHEN and WHERE

All lessons take place in Nordnes Bydelshus (Klosteret 2)

Saturday 13 Apr 12:00 - 14:00

Sunday 14 Apr 12:00 - 14:00

 

REGISTRATION & PRICE

 

550,- per person

You do NOT need a partner

Men are welcome to the classes

registration email: olga.shangina@hotmail.com

Obs! registration is binding! No refunds for no-show up! 

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Nordnes Bydelshus 

Klosteret 2 Bergen

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