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Tango Lessons with Mong-Lan
May 6, 2017 @ 5:45 am - 6:45 pm$10 – $1000
May 6, 5:45-6:45pm
Instructor: Mong-Lan, MFA
My teaching of tango stresses the natural organic movements of our bodies to dance a dance full of passion, joy and also melancholy. The heavenly embrace of the tango is all important, as it transmits energy, ideas, feelings. I also stress the tango walk, because a walk that flows with control and stability is the essence of tango. I also teach correct posture, flexibility of the body, change of weight in the right moments to keep the bodies flowing in the dance. I dance and teach both roles of man and woman, leader and follower.
Other essential tango movements I teach include the varieties of forward and backward ochos; the various types of giros that the man does and the woman around the man; various types of voleos, the varieties of ganchos, etc.
Moreover, I believe that communicating with your partner, dancing with your partner, having a conversation with your partner using as vocabulary the movements of the tango is very important. Also, musicality is very important, which means not merely hearing the music but listening to it, feeling it, understanding it, and interpreting it through the dance. We work with the various tango rhythms, the tango itself, the tango waltz and the milonga. The exercises that I give you will increase your balance, agility and dance reflexes, and will allow you to dance to your utmost ability. I teach ways to improvise to the music, putting the moves that you have learned together in order to interpret tango music. Improvising is an art; “listening” to your partner in the tango is an art (as in life), and dancing the tango well is an art.
In my classes and workshops, we will work on the heavenly embrace of the tango, the essential tango walk, giros, voleos, adornments, musicality, creativity and improvisation—all of its secrets. In addition, I will share with you my philosophy of tango movement, the mechanics of tango, upper body / lower body dissociation, the meditation of tango, the surrender of self in the tango, drawing with your body, always striving for elegance while dancing. Salon and milonguera style; the Milonga. The complications of the tango. The history of the tango. Everything you can use on the dance floor!
In this class students will learn:
- An increased understanding of the Argentine tango in a manner that is joyous and interesting
- How to combine concepts necessary through beneficial exercises, figures and patterns, so that you may find more connection with yourself and your partner
- An increased understanding of the tango dance and dance in general, so that you may dance more gracefully, with self and partner, in combination with the music.
- An increased understanding of Argentine tango music, including the waltz and milonga.
- To bring more creativity, variation and joy to dancing the Argentine tango
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
My love for the Argentine tango began in 1995 when I saw “Forever Tango” on the stage in San Francisco. I have been hooked ever since I laid eyes on the pairs of dancers, whirling in giros, dancing the passionate tango. In the years afterwards, I have learned from many different teachers in order to perfect my tango, and consequently have taught and performed tango in Argentina, the United States (New York City, San Francisco, etc), Italy, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam. I have performed tango dance in various public performances in Buenos Aires, to include in milongas such as Salon Canning (Parakultural), La Confiteria Ideal, etc., and in such reputable tango houses as Esquina Homero Manzi. I am the first person of Asian heritage to perform, sing and dance tango in public venues in Buenos Aires.
Living in Buenos Aires now for over five years, I started to visit Argentina once a year from several weeks to a month since 2001. In the pursuit of forming my own philosophy of tango, I have studied with many and varied Argentine tango masters and choreographers such as Carlos & Maria Rivarola, Juan Carlos Copes, Carlos Gavito, Claudio Gonzalez, Francisco Forquera & Carolina Bonaventura, Verónica Salmerón, Gabriel Misse, Carlos Copello, Martin Ojeda, Guillermina Quiroga, Claudio Villagra, Mariano “Chicho” Frumboli, Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne, Marcelo & Analia.
My dance training has its roots in classical ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary dance, flamenco and Spanish dance, ballroom social dance and salsa. I have studied ballet with Alejandro Totto; and at the Estudio Julio Bocca, with Ricardo Rivas, Silvia Bazilis, Daniel Negroni and Katty Gallo. I have studied Flamenco with Alicia Fiuri, Néstor Spada in Buenos Aires, and with Rosa Montoya in San Francisco. Visit my tango website for more information.
*Also on on May 6th, Mong-Lan teaches a poetry workshop called Power of Voice, Power of Place from 2-4pm and gives us a feature performance from 5-5:30pm as part of our Beyond 21 Birthday Celebration.