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These notes summarise a "medium 1" level course arranged by Mike and Stephanie at the Cambridge TangoBar and taught by Rodolfo Aguerrodi and Miho Omaki in Spring 2002.

There were five 3-hour lessons each usually beginning with an exercise intended to improve body control around a critical position from which various moves can be developed. The second half of the lesson builds those moves progressively. The first and last lessons were focused almost exclusively on exercise and practice respectively.

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Lesson 1 began with body control exercises ...

   
     
 

Walk forward concentrating on 3 phases of the step:

   
    Reach out (no stretch) with the slightly outturned toe to touch the floor where you want to go

Transfer weight via the toes onto the ball of the foot

Bring your other foot forward to join the first

Repeat many times!

 

Walk backward concentrating on three phases:

   
    Reach out (no stretch) with the slightly outturned toe (keep your heel in) to touch the floor where you want to go

Transfer weight via the toes onto the ball of the foot

Bring your other foot backward to join the first

Repeat many times!

 

Step to one side concentrating on the three phases:

   
    Reach out to one side (no stretch) with the slightly outturned toe to touch the floor where you want to go

Transfer weight via the toes onto the ball of the foot

Bring your other foot sideward to join the first

Reach out (no stretch) towards the original position with the slightly outturned toe to touch the floor where you want to go

Transfer weight via the toes onto the ball of the foot

Bring your other foot sideward to resume the original position

Repeat many times

 

... followed by some exercises performed as a couple to manage your axis during the step:

   
    Leader shows intention to move in a direction by a slight tilt of his torso in the intended direction with both partners releasing their free leg ready to move off

Take the step (reach out/transfer weight) holding the torso back slightly to avoid the folower collecting prematurely

Bring torso into the fully vertical position so both partners collect and regain their equilibrium

       
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