individual technique classes

Followers technique classes with Olga

No one is born a good dancer, one becomes a good dancer with lots of training. Although tango is a couple dance it is important to train individual technique and this is why:

  • You train and challenge your balance more

  • You can train body awareness

  • You can learn what parts of the body participate in various moves

  • You can train technique of various elements without the lead

  • You can learn to understand the lead better

  • You can develop density in your moves

  • You can work on footwork, boleos, ochos, giros, adornos separately

  • You can develop your own musicality and creativity

  • You can separate various parts of your body and understand the moves better

  • You can locate and get rid of unnecessary tension in your body

  • You can work more on the elegance

And many many more reasons why we need to practice individually. But most importantly is it FUN!

 

Follow our schedule and join our next technique course! 

Some info about Olga: 

Olga has danced tango since 2005 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.

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.

Technique for followers in BERGEN

August 23-24 

#Smooth walking and pivotting

#Adornos

September 28-29

# embrace in walking: how not to loose contact and walk freely
# where to search for center and how to keep axis
# function of the standing leg
# what is a free leg and what to do with it
# walking: technique and comfort - is it possible?
# embrace in turning and in giro
# turns and balance (ochos, giros)
# how to keep balance when turning, both in couple and alone
# adornos for turns (calesita, parada, etc )
# most fun adornos in ochos
# ocho cortado and adornos
# choreographic sequences using the learned material

December 1

Adornos special

Adornos are fun! They reflect your personality, they add excitement to your music interpretation, they are like spices!!! But all spices need to be used in the right dish and to the right quantity. Important not to make adornos a habit and perform them no matter music. Adornos need to be “tasty”, expressive, intensive, or light, musical, timely, and showing you own personality!

At the next seminar we are going to explore and train about all these elements and how they help to make the free leg look elegant and how to use it in adornos. We will also speak what kind of adornos exist, we will train those adornos that suit you, we will explore which adornos suit to which music bits, what we can do when we are just standing, what are the options for walking and for pivots. We will be training various adornos on the floor, in the air and on the body (yours and your partner’s). During the seminar you will find answers to: Why it is important and how to use the floor? Should your partner notice your adornos or not? Can your partner lead the adornos? After the class you will be able to decide which adornos you prefer and will know when to use them and how to train them yourself.

Registration is open: send email to olga.shangina@hotmail.com

WHERE: Nordnes bydelshus

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
Conscious use of the body and the feeling/density we produce when dancing with partner. Key elements of body alignment and balance, axis and movement. Walking technique, standing and free foot, styles of walking, footwork, use of the floorcraft, elegance. Adornos when we walk.

Part 2. DISSOCIATION, torsion, turns, giros
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? Secrets for women: 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. 
We finish 1st day with a choreofrafic sequence including the elements we have practiced on.

Day 2
Part 1. Torsion and 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. You have never heard of it? Come, I will explain!

Part 2. Adornos 
We will explore what kind of adornos exist, what adornos suit you. We will explore which adornos suit to which music bits, what we can do when we are just standing, what are the options for walking and for pivots. We will be training various adornos on the floor, in the air and on the body (yours and your partner’s). During the seminar you will find answers to: Why it is important and how to use the floor? Should your partner notice your adornos or not? Can your partner lead the adornos? After the class you will be able to decide which adornos you prefer and will know when to use them and how to train them yourself.
We finish day 2 with a choreographic sequence including the elements we have been training.

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Klosteret 2 Bergen

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