& LUIS BIANCHI
FOUNDATIONS IMMERSION SEMINARS
5 DAYS. 20 HOURS. A MAXIMUM OF 20 STUDENTS. 100% FOCUS ON THE ESSENCE.
JOIN US IN 2019:
MAR 9-13(2020) SACADAS AND GANCHOS
LET US EXPLORE TOGETHER THE DEPTHS OF TANGO!
We want to equip our students with tools to:
*feel comfortable in their bodies and dance with confidence;
*connect deeply to their partner, themselves, the space and the music;
*move with meaning and expression;
*develop their unique dance voice.
Our seminars stand out for the deep and comprehensive analysis of the inner workings of the body and the subtleties of communication in the couple, presented in a detailed and logical progression.
We draw on an eclectic combination of expertises (Daniela is a former MIT engineering professor and classical pianist, Luis has a background in massage therapy) and experience teaching together since 2006.
We have chosen to pursue a unique focus on foundations because, as professional dancers with over 40 years of tango between the two of us, we find that they hold the key for true improvement, regardless of level. This emphasis makes the seminars simultaneously accessible to less experienced dancers and challenging to those with miles of tango behind them.
Since 2011, our Foundations Immersion Seminars have been taught more than 20 times in Buenos Aires, the United States and Europe. We continue to work to refine and improve each program, but are happy to have arrived at a point where many students from all over the world return several times to advance their learning with us.
Each program focuses of techniques and concepts based on the most fundamental aspects of tango:
- connection with the self: posture, axis, core, body awareness, walk and pivot technique
- connection with the partner: embrace, timing, coordination in the walk and in circular movements, two-way continuous communication, the active role of the follower
- connection with the music: rhythm, melody, expression of emotions, quality of movement, dynamics
- connection with the space: floorcraft, techniques for social dance
Each programs includes heavy doses of individual and partnering technique, before spinning off in different directions based on its particular theme. Some amount of relevant vocabulary is always covered, even though it is not the central aim of our programs.
Each seminar lasts 20 hours, divided in two two-hour sessions per day for five days.
It is progressive: every day we reinforce the steps already taken, and build on them to cover new territory. There are lots of drills and exercises are constantly revisited to facilitate permanent changes.
It is shared with a small group of peers and a pair of attentive teachers, who watch their students closely and are eager to meet each of them right where they are along their paths, offering lots of hands-on, individualized feedback.
The seminar is a focused journey but we also pause along the way to enjoy the views: dance, laugh, connect with our companions through meaningful conversation, and share meals.
November 25-29 "The Walk, Pivots and Turns"
Five days focused on the building pilars of tango: the walk, pivots and turns. Posture, axis and core work. individual and partnered walk and pivot technique. Leading and following ochos. Technique for turns in small spaces and in close embrace. Rhythm and melody in tango, vals and milonga.
March 9-13, 2020 "Sacadas and Ganchos"
An extensive exploration of sacadas and ganchos in all their aspects. Individual technique posture, axis, weight transfers and pivots. Mechanics of the connection: achieving seamless timing in the lead/follow relationship. Geometry and improvisation: how to incorporate sacadas and ganchos in the dance. Musicality: varying the execution of the movement to achieve expressive interpretations.
September 5-13, 2020 Tango Holidays + 18-Hour Seminar
SPECIAL FORMAT! 8 days in the magnificent, historical town of Syracuse, in Sicily. 18-hour seminar divided in 6 days with 3 hours per day, allowing for plenty of free time to explore the town and surrounding areas. Seminar topics will be chosen according to the interests and needs of the participants, while maintaining the core focus on technical foundations. Nightly dancing. Lodging and breakfast included.