In a very exciting development, Christian Drogo, Director of Viva Dance, will be offering weekly Milonga/Vals open Level workshops, every Thursday, 8pm at Hit the Floor Dance Studio. Level 1 – 245 Glenferrie Rd. Malvern (Enter via Stanhope St.) The studio itself is air-conditioned, huge, with polished wooden floors, and full length mirrors that stretch on forever. Workshops commence Thursday 4th November, 2010.
Christian is (as some of you already know!) highly respected for his stylish and unique floorcraft, in addition to his comprehensive knowledge of Tango and his skillful pedagogy, so you will be in the best hands.
Christian decided to run these classes because he found that students often feel that these two styles, Milonga and Vals, tend to get neglected and hence students feel least comfortable dancing them socially. So we’d like to offer the perfect opportunity to develop correct technique from the outset, and obtain fabulous tips on styling and musicality. Classes are taught at open level so everyone is welcome and Christian is very happy to tailor exercises to meet your needs.
The best part is that by working consistently at mastering these styles, you will develop the confidence you are seeking, and the ability to look and feel so good – you’ll steal the spotlight on the dancefloor!
See you Thursday, 4th November at Hit the Floor!
For some of our beginners, the terms Milonga and Vals may be unfamiliar, so I’ve added three clips. The first is one of Christian’s favourite Milonga performances, by the highly athletic Mariana and Sebastian. This is Milonga for the stage, admittedly, but I think you will find it entertaining nevertheless.
I have beautiful memories of practicing to this piece by Canaro, in the Buenos Aires mid-afternoon heat. Que lindo! The clip has lots of fabulousness to aspire to. Sigh.
I’ve also added a beautiful Vals from Osvaldo Zotto and Lorena Ermocida. I believe this is Christian’s favourite Vals piece and these two beautiful dancers, of course, do it justice.