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If you've ever had the urge to try Argentine tango, now's the time to learn the tango technique in the comfort of your living room.
But wait, doesn't it take two to tango? What if you don't have a co-isolating dance partner?
The tango embrace is certainly one of the main components of this most connected of dances. To be able to dance with a partner though, you need a good awareness of your own balance. So right now, it just takes YOU to tango, with tuition that helps you discover your individual tango groove.
Like all partner dances, tango is on a hiatus due to the need for social distancing. Tango Melbourne, who usually run weekly classes at the Exford Hotel in the CBD, have taken their classes online - teaching technique, balance, and musicality from their home studio.
The Tango Melbourne team has developed a weekly timetable of 12 livestream classes on the Zoom platform that you can watch and participate in. From complete newbies to experienced dancers wanting to stay in practice, there's something for everyone.
Principal instructor Renee doesn't only demonstrate the moves, she explains them deeply to give a full understanding of how to articulate every movement through your feet, legs, and core. She is very personable and makes it look easy, though there's a lot to learn and adjust to. She has a keen community from around Australia hanging off her every word, practicing along at home, or even just watching in enjoyment.
What about shoes? Participants practice in socks, dance shoes or non-rubber-soled shoes on their home floor, or leather-soled shoes on the carpet - whatever allows the feet to pivot easily.
Newbies can start with the Fundamentals classes on Wednesdays and Sundays. Fundamentals are so vital to tango that experienced dancers take these classes over and over. Other classes take the technique further and focus on leader's and follower's flare. Renee also leads three Stretch and Strengthen classes per week - a combination of yoga, pilates, and balance.
So if you're looking to try something new, or a form of exercise that's strengthening and not too aerobic, tango can be a beautiful discovery. Once real-time classes re-commence, you'll be ready to continue your learning with partners, and eventually attend a milonga, the social dance evenings that have tango dancers addicted.