We reward students who are committed to studying.
25% off a 4 lesson pack for 2 people (leader & follower)
Commit to 4 lessons with a partner (of the opposite role) at Tango Garden to qualify for the discounted rates:
4x 1 Lesson = £30 each (instead of £40 each)
4x 1 Lesson + Practica = £38 each (instead of £48 each)
4x 2 Lesson + Practica = £56 each (instead of £72 each)
(1 lesson means either 2-3pm or 3-4pm.
2 lessons means both 2-3pm and 3-4pm at Tango Garden on Saturdays).
Fill in form in offers page to register for your pack of lessons and arrange voucher.
You will have 7 active weeks to use your pack of 4 lessons.
September 03rd, 2014
See FAQs page for the answers to:
Do I have to use the "Cabeceo" at Tango Garden? AND
I'm a follower, can I ask leaders to dance at Tango Garden?
I'm updating our FAQs and here is our perspective on the cabeceo. There'll be more info about the cabeceo at Tango Garden posted soon.
What is the cabeceo?
The cabeceo (meaning head nod/gesture) is an artform rather than a behaviour protocol. Just as a conversation has certain conventions but is quite subjective; requiring contextual understanding, sensitivity to the situation, the other person and a willingness to engage, so too the cabeceo is a non-verbal conversation. We get better and more natural at it over time and with practice as long as we have an interest in developing it.
Like a conversation (and much to most people's misunderstanding), the cabeceo is not one sided, i.e. instigated always by the leader or by the follower. It's much more fluid and starts with ordinary eye contact. As we know from our non-tango life, holding a gaze implies interest, so it is with the cabeceo. Once interest is established, in most cases the male leader (because Tango was situated in a machismo culture and habits continue) 'asks' the lady if she wants to dance by a small head movement or raising of an eyebrow and she either ignores his gesture or nods or smiles to accept. Of course, when people know each other already, or even sometimes when they don't, the cabeceo can be much more playful and the so called 'format' can change. For example, once eye contact is established, the follower may smile cheekily or innocently or sultrily, or just move her eyes or an eyebrow which sets the tone for the interaction and is her way of 'asking' the leader to dance. He might respond by a similar gesture as if to say, 'are you asking me to ask you to dance?' and she may respond with another little gesture as if to say 'maybe, why don't you try and see' or 'yes' or 'of course, I'd love to'... and each gesture would of course look very different and no one person is in charge of the asking.
So you see, the 'rules' for the cabeceo are as fixed as the rules for flirting, flirting without words. If you're in a pub late at night you might behave one way, if in a posh formal looking bar, you might behave another, if you're at a friend's child's christening it might be quite different to flirting with someone at a singles night and if you're a woman who feels strongly about taking charge of her night as opposed to being wooed you'd behave differently again... The whole thing is so personal and contextual, the only thing certain about the cabeceo is that it's a reference to asking without words with subtle facial expressions and head gestures. How you use it, and how successful you are at it, therein lies the artform.
Tara Pilbrow Dance "2+1"
New parents and parents to be and all dance lovers. My friend Tara Pilbrow is starting work on her new dance piece "2+1" Love the photos on the blog (with Tara and Amir), and I'm looking forward to see the piece!!
if you'd like to make a contribution go to www.crowdfunder.co.uk/2plus1/
Tango Nuevo Article
New tango in the lifetime of a viejo milonguero.
Article by Maral Kojayan.
Dance and be yourself!
The freedom of being able to be yourself when you dance is the greatest feeling, though it doesn't come easy and may take years of practice to develop the skill to express what you have within... but how amazing it is when such gifts can be shared and enjoyed with others!
Happy Dancing New Year
Creation of life: Tango & Pregnancy
Inspired by a 'Tango Quest' question and the lovely Linda (Tango student/dancer and mother to be) I thought I'd do a little note on Tango and pregnancy. After all, being a woman and professional tango dancer, the thought had crossed my mind once or twice, and if I'm honest perhaps a hundred times... so when a question came in from a beginner couple about starting tango whilst pregnant, it presented a perfect moment to stop and ponder my impressions as well as the practicalities… As you'll see, my pondering took me to some very interesting places about Tango, Life and a healthy society…
My first thought was to think back on when Mariano and I lived in BsAs and how pregnancy in tango was perceived there. Being around the age, we were quite used to seeing, being with and dancing with expecting parents in the younger generation practicas and milongas of BsAs. In fact a few years ago there seemed to be a tango baby boom, we had our best friends Carolina and Pablo Villarraza expecting, then there was Moira (of Gaston & Moira), Nancy (of Damián & Nancy), Virginia (of Jose & Virginia) and a handful more all around the same time, all high profile dancers. In fact there were interviews and articles written in El Tangauta and once, this time last year (October 2012 issue) the topic together with the decorated bellies, made it to the front cover of this most popular Tango magazine in honour of Argentine mothers day.
I think the general sentiment from the ladies was that dancing Tango whilst pregnant was a great experience; They felt super sensitive, they really appreciated being embraced and as the aforementioned lovely Linda voluntarily wrote to me to share her experience, I can say with certainty that she feels enormous physical, social and relationship benefits from continuing to dance tango during her pregnancy. She tells me it's great for strengthening the core and back muscles so important for protecting the back during pregnancy, that's it's a perfect way to keep moving and active without overdoing it and that going out to tango on a Saturday afternoon is an excellent "replacement for a Saturday night out" for drinks etc. She also confessed "it's a nice 'normal' thing we can rely on when everything else is changing so quickly".
But, linda did say that she didn't want to make "people feel squeamish!" and this line made me wonder how a pregnant lady is received in the tango social setting. My thoughts wandered and I remembered an odd comment I had heard from an ex-boyfriend once about him being 'scared' for the very pregnant Nancy giving an energetic performances with her partner. I must say, I haven't investigated into how men feel, but for my part, I remember thinking how lovely it was to have these glowing and smiley faced pregnant tango ladies so visible and present in the practicas & milongas. I could feel they really changed the energy of the places. The moods of these more than often ego driven spaces would be transformed and if you paid close attention you'd see the 'happy point' of the room was the bump bearing lady - the larger the bump the larger the power of the happy wave and it's effect could be seen on the men and women alike.
The power of having an expectant couple in the room is impressive, I like to think it's the combination of the awe one feels for the magic of life-creation taking place in front of ones eyes, combined with a change in perception that a pregnant woman inspires in others; drawing out the caring, loving aspects of the people she interacts with. I think it reminds us, perhaps on a subconscious level, of the power of togetherness, the intelligence of the body (human and all creatures) to create and heal itself and the importance of creating an environment good for the growth and well-being of that little one and of us all.
All these things for me are about Tango and the milonga (a great metaphor for life). Tango has it all, it can magnify all the dark shadows of our inner and outer world, it can be about lust, abuse of power, fears, ego trips etc, and that stuff has it's temptations. But over my many years dancing and teaching across the world and having watched Tango happen and be created and recreated to bring out the best and the worst in people, I realised that Tango (like life in our larger worlds) is extremely generous, it gives us the space to create the world we want to see around us. And I don't know about you but I am clear about the environment I'd like to live in, and I love Tango because in my world and in my perception, it bring us together to enjoy each other with all our differences, to simply go for a walk with someone in a hug, caring for each other along the way, with a bit of play, a bit of seduction. The 'leader' may think her's in control but the better and wiser he gets the more he realises it's about getting in 'the flow' with the partner other people, space and music around… We all know that it feels and looks best when two people come together, each their own unique self harmonised. And for me, watching a room harmonise, not through excessive rules but through intelligence, a sense of consideration and caring and a sense of togetherness, all dancing to the same tune in his or her own unique way, this is life in creation, it's the same magic, that babies are made of.
It is scientifically proven that we are best when we are in harmony, that our bodies are made up of 50-100 trillion individual entities (cells) cooperating, that cells respond and adapt to their environment, a good, nurturing environment promotes health, growth and increased complexity (i.e.intelligence / lower entropy) and visa versa. This is the way of all cells, that is the way of nature and that is the way of our society and our little microcosm of Tango.
And these pregnant ladies, remind us of all this wisdom, and in joy, we smile.
Dedicated to Linda & John Tango Garden's expecting parents and to the life creating intelligence in us all.
By Maral Kojayan
An intimate moment with a stranger...
This is something us tangoers know all about... and something children feel so comfortable with - they don't have the blocks and barriers we develop as we 'grow up' and its beautiful to see those barriers can be melted away so quickly...
Your tango teacher's past...
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