TANGO TRAINING with Javier Antar + Kara Wenham.
SAVE YOUR DATES! FEBRUARY 17
-21rst AND 24-28th, 2016 (summer in BA)
20 or 40 HOUR PROGRAM!
PROGRESSIVE TANGO INSTRUCTION + INTENSE GUIDED PRACTICE
ROTATING ADVANCED PRACTICE ASSISTANTS.
So we're back with our 3RD Edition of our
Intensive. We’ll be doing the same 5 day-20 hour or 10 day-40 hour intensive, all with the rotating
Argentine dance assistants. Those wanting to do just one week will have
to do only the first 5 days as the whole 10 days will be progressive. We’ll
make exceptions for those that have already done an intensive with us or have
studied with us extensively before.
Last years BA Intensive was great and the progress the participants made was
impressive. For those that did the 5 days there was a big change in their
dancing, and those that did the full 10 days took a giant leap in their
dance.Below you’ll find some
testimonials of people who’ve done both 5 and 10 day immersions, (some more than once) So please take
a read below to find out what it's all about.
I N T E N S I V E T A N G O T R A I N I N G
Intensive is a new format within the world of tango.The three main distinguishing
characteristics that we’d like to point out are:
clear pedagogy and progressive instruction that has proven to work for over a
decade traveling around the world.
Immersion:It has the right
amount of hours of classes each day to learn new material and the sufficient
amount of practica hours so you can integrate what you’ve learned into your
Assistants: Rotating super advanced tango dancers from Buenos Aires. These things are great when they stand alone, but working together they act powerfully on the student, exponentially raising the level of their dance. The regular format of weekend workshops doesn't give the student the depth or intensity that they really need in order to change their dancing on a more profound level. Learning sequences or steps also keeps us in the illusion that the dance is about steps rather than elements. So for us, there are no secrets. There is only good instruction and conscious practice. More workshops and more steps won't make you a better dancer. Practicing unconsciously will only reinforce your bad habits and accentuate what doesn't work in your dance.
believe that real learning requires conscious learning applied WITH
put together a comprehensive and progressive program that will bring your
dancing to your next level.
give you the tools you need in order to acquire a logical way of thinking
about the dance, so that you can therefore construct your OWN. We don't aim
to make replicas of ourselves dancing, rather we want inspired and connected
dancers to find their own authentic dance. In doing this we become not only
good dancers, but also artists in our own right. Javier and I are micro
teachers. We believe that in the small, we find the big. Once the micro is in
place, then the macro can start to give shape to our dance.
any skill we learn that doesn't require practice?
practice may not “make perfect”, we know that practice makes much much
better. And that's the goal: getting to your best dance. We take endless
classes and rarely do we have the chance to practice
learn. The“Practicas” most of the time turn into a milonga (or a class). We
want to bring back the art of practicing and cultivate the skills in not only
WHAT to practice but HOW to practice. The goal for us is that once you finish
our 20 hour intensive you will know how to plan, implement and evaluate your
your own dance assistant is a great thing. You’ll be dancing with a local
porteño/a who has a much higher level of dancing than you do. These people
are either Argentines who are new professionals in the tango scene or are
obsessed advanced amateurs who dance nightly in Buenos Aires. The assistant
is there to accompany you in the process, but they, like you are also there
to deepen their process as dancers and teachers. You'll be challenged to step
up in the dance and to learn the dynamics of practicing. We will rotate
partners in the classes and the practicas, so that you’ll be dancing with
different dance assistants and be exploring the variety of leads and follows
and sensations in the dance.
YOUR OWN PARTNER
welcome those who would like to sign up with a partner. This means that you
will take the entire intensive with this person.
like, you may change partners at any time with other students who also came
with their partner and are willing to rotate.
Option 1: 5 day Intensive Feb 17- 21rst, 2016
Option 2: 10 day Intensive Feb 17-21st + Feb 24 - 28th, 2016
Feb 22 +23 - BREAK
2nd class (1.5h)
1 hour lunch break
BIRD $500 (p.p)
(by Oct 15, 2015)
15, 2015 $600 (p.p)
*p.p. (per person)
ATTENTION + PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE = SOLID PROGRESS
INTENSIVE: MORE INFO ABOUT WHAT IT WILL COVER AND WHAT TO EXPECT
Intensive aims to attract individuals who already understand the importance
of a comfortable embrace and has a sensitive ear towards communicating with
their partner. The pillars of connection, movement and music will be the
primary focus points and not the steps.
believe that if you are sufficiently advanced then you will understand that
learning only steps, like volcadas and colgadas, etc… is not going to
necessarily raise your level of dancing. It will only serve that you can do
those steps in an isolated and mechanical way. When one starts to see tango
in its entirety and not just in small fragmented parts, then the whole fabric
of the dance will open up to an array of endless creative options.
intensive will be progressive (that doesn’t mean it will be easy!). Each day
we’ll start with some technique exercises for both leaders and followers and
then continue to study the technical aspects of the most common elements in
the social dance: open and close embrace, the order of communication in the
movement, walking, changes of direction, stops, turns and more. As we
progress we’ll be integrating other movement vocabulary such as barridas,
sacadas, boleos and ganchos into the mix. We will then have you integrate
these elements into your dance right away in the practica each day after the
lessons. All of this will be learned in parallel with the rhythmical
structure of the music because if we can’t organize the movement in the music
then we’re only learning movement and not dance. We realize that we are very
ambitious but we believe that with practice this can be done!
We believe that coming to BA with a structure in place, like our intensive, will bring you more results than taking a class here and there around the city.
who will be opting to have a personal dance assistant, you will be rotating
regularly with the other dance assistants, so as never to adapt too much to
only one lead or follow.
end of each day of classes, we will make a review (which you may film) that
covers the days topics and exercises.
the practicas we will cover principles to help you develop the capacity to
plan, implement and evaluate your own progress. This will include exercises
one can do alone and together, modes of communication, and concepts with
which you can objectively use to later analyze your dance. TESTIMONIALS:
Ali May: Australia
Intensive 40hrs BA 2015
As dancers Kara and Javier are world class and as teachers they are expert. In their BA summer intensive, they have structured a program for tango learners that is well thought out, valuable and enjoyable. The value of having a high level partner to dance with every time the words “change partners” takes place is also a luxury.
The structure of this course is such that whatever your level of tango, Kara, Javier together with the very skilled assistants help you to progress regardless of the level of the other participants around you. Kara and Javier are generous with their attention and providing excellent demonstrations and explanations in each class session.
The assistants are helpful, patient, polite, good humoured and above all, excellent dancers. I cannot recommend this course highly enough for those who want to jettison their tango to the next level. The forty hour course over two weeks is just fantastic value in terms of what you get out of it and how, in the second week you can consolidate and really build on your progress.
Do not hesitate to spend 40 hours with the best local tango dancers and Kara and Javier in February 2016.
Ning Wang: Switzerland
Intensive 20hrs Berlin 2015
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank both of you once again for the amazing work and great efforts you've put in the intensive workshop! I enjoyed so much the inspiring journey of discovering and rediscovering my body, my movements, and my tango with you as well as the others from the group! Thanks too for building up a loving and caring community, with whom not only I shared a great time, but also became new friends! :)
Intensive 20 hrs BA 2014 + 40hrs BA 2015 I’m taking the
opportunity to thank you for your work. I enjoyed assisting your seminar and I
like the way you teach and the good energy you create with your group. The
advancement of the participants was very notable, and it was great to be able
to take part in their progress. I also grew in this process. I thought this
intensive was more dynamic than last years and the musicality aspect added a
great dimension to it for participants and assistants alike.
Intensive 20hrs Berlin 2015
I wanted, before too much more time passed, to write you to
thank you for the tango intensive. It really was a terrific experience and I'm
so grateful that you invited me to participate. I feel that I really got a lot
out of it and enjoyed working with everyone there!
are not organizing your accommodation, we’d like to make some suggestions for
places where we think you’d like to stay.
Petit Hotels: Stay in a lovely tango house where you can meet other tango
visitors to BA. This will keep you connected to people who are frequenting
the milongas and keep you very social whilst you’re there! Some rooms have
their own bathroom and both places have a salon to practice and a shared
who feel that they would like to have some help figuring their way around the
labyrinth of both logistical life and tango life down in BA, then Laura
Pellegrino is the person to contact. An American living in BA for some years
now, Laura is well connected in the scene to get you up and running on your
tango feet in no time. Contact her directly here:
Laura Pelligrino- firstname.lastname@example.org
PURCHASING YOUR TICKETS TO BA:
If you would like to participate in our
intensive please contact us at: email@example.com Once we know, you will be put on our
participant list and when we achieve our minimum number of participants, we
will give you the go ahead to purchase your plane tickets and to pay us the
full intensive fee. If you know you'd definitely like to come, please don't
wait, contact us now so everyone can purchase the plane tickets and make
accommodation arrangements as soon as possible.
TERMS OF PAYMENT AND HOW TO PAY :
We will ask for a non-refundable U$300 depsoit to hold your place in the intensive.
Paypal: For those within the US, you can pay your deposit via paypal. You can send us your payment to: firstname.lastname@example.org Please choose "friends & family" so we won't be charged a fee. (not goods and services) Those outside of the US please contact us
directly to inquire about payment instructions.