PRIVATE TUITION & LEVELS

PRIVATE TUITION

Individual or couple private lessons
Our private lessons are designed to enrich and clarify your dancing and technique. That is why, in each individual class, we focus on those aspects of your dance which you would like to improve. We also give private lessons for absolute beginners, preparing them to start dancing in a Milonga and/or attend a group class. Our private classes can be arranged for individuals, couples or a small group of people.

Small group tango intensives
We also have designed packages which can be delivered as intensive day workshops. These are especially useful for those dancers who might not have close access to high quality tango classes. We tailor a package in order to provide a suitable dance learning schedule for tango, milonga and/or vals, or intensive technique workshops, according to your group's needs. We can therefore arrange to visit your city to teach either one off intensive workshops or more regular weekly or monthly workshops, all at an affordable price and with the schedule created in discussion with you. Additionally you will be able to choose your teachers from any of our resident teachers.

An example of a possible package is:
Intensive Workshop of 2h30 , with 20 minutes break included; for a minimum of 5 couples and maximum of 10 couples, of the topic of your choosing. Price: £25 per person

Technique workshops
Our intensive technique workshops are present a unique method for understanding technique, using a lot of conceptual explanations as well as detailed technique exercise and often some anatomical explanation. We have found certain ways of explaining and practicing both movements and body awareness which improve student's dancing significantly. Students will learn how to analyse and adjust their form of movement, posture and embrace in order to facilitate freedom of movement and expression in their tango dancing. These can be arranged as individual workshops or in a series, and be taught in any location in the UK to individuals, small or large groups. A large amount of information will be covered in each carefully planned session, synthesised from over 8 years of teaching experience and informed by studies of yoga, anatomy and classical dance.
Possible topics include:
Body Mechanics: Improving Balance, Embrace and Connection
Movement technique: Walking, Spaces and Disassociation
Follower's technique: Pivots, Turns and Embellishments

Please contact us at tango@miriamydante.com to discuss further and to arrange dates and times.
- How long does it take to learn Tango?

Argentine Tango is a dance in which there is always something new to learn, which is one of the reasons it has become so popular across the globe.  In contrast to many other dances, Tango is 100% improvised, and therefore we have to learn to connect with the other person fully and develop our body intention - we call this "leading" - in order to be able to communicate to our partner what movement we are going to make.  At the same time we always have to be fully aware, not only of our partner but also of the music and the floor space we are dancing in. Tango isn't just a dance but a culture, the "Milonga" has a lot of etiquettes that have been establish since 1900 and born in Buenos Aires. These etiquettes are in place in order to make our experience of dancing in the Milonga enjoyable.  Therefore given all thee different factors, the time then to learn the basics of tango varies greatly according to your own body capacity, and the number of hours of practice that you put in, but we would say to start to feel comfortable with tango, will take between 6 months to a year.  The way you learn the foundations of tango is very important, as once you have solid technique and understanding you will then be able to progress much more easily.  But don't worry! Because our tango teachers will make sure that you learn in the right way.  Our tango academies are the only ones in the UK to have resident teachers from Buenos Aires and we carefully select talented couples to join our team, who are both exceptional dancers as well as strong teachers in order to give you the best tango training.  And they are also all professional dancers who are still constantly training, performing and competing in Buenos Aries themselves in order to continually improve and develop as dancers.

Levels of group classes

-How do I know which level of class to attend?

If you are wondering what your level of dancing is we might be able to help you, but this also always depends on your own honesty and self awareness with regards to your dancing. You can look at the following guidelines in order to get an idea of your level but please don't depend on this too much as it can only give an approximate level.

Beginners:  No previous tango experience is required.  These classes are also good for students of all levels who would like to re-visit the basics.

Improvers: A good basic understanding and ability to apply the core techniques in tango.

Intermediate: Good base in Tango, Milonga and Vals and a clear concept of the embrace, ochos, giros and musicality.  Confidence dancing in milongas and in understanding the codes of the milonga.

Advanced:  To be qualified as an advanced dancer you should have very strong technique in Tango, Milonga and Vals; good giros and contragiros; excellent leading/following in both close and open embrace; and good musicality including syncopation and double timing.  Additionally you will be confident dancing in a crowded milonga.