Jay Aland’s personal website; an expression of his love for Argentine Tango, and a place to share insights and information.
Tango for everyone
My life’s work is to make Argentine Tango available to everyone, and as easy to learn as any dance, or driving, or tennis – a few hours of guidance, and you can do it well enough to fit in on the dance floor, where you can practice and learn all you want. Argentine Tango is fun . . . and can be easy to learn.
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Musicality is the knowing of the music, and the moving, while dancing, that matches the music. In its simplest form, musicality in tango is stepping “on the beat” in the 4/4 time of tango music, combined with knowing (or hearing) the quicker steps – the syncopation - and stepping to match the music. A large part of tango music is appropriate for simple walking steps; another large part can be heard as Quick, Quick, Slow steps. The “Tango Step” of a century ago was based on the SSQQS pattern, so common in tango music. Basic musicality is being “on the beat”, and synchronizing your quick steps to the QQS in the music. Tango music also contains more complicated rhythmic elements, such as suspensions, note-displacement syncopations, Habaneras, 3-3-2 phrases, piano accents, rhythmless phrases, and more. Learning these rhythmic nuances, and how to dance to them, takes great familiarity with the music, or possibly writing them on paper. Once you have them on paper, you can listen to the music while reading the paper,...
Hear me DJ
All dances are cancelled for now.
Come to Dancing4Fun, on the second Friday and fourth Saturday of every month for a practica, at 8:30pm to 11:30pm. Cost is $10. Location: 6025 Peachtree Parkway Suite #4 Norcross, GA 30092
On Sunday March 8, I will teach Blueswaltz and Tango Vals and I will DJ from 3:00pm to 5:00 pm at http://www.waltzplay.org/
Argentine Tango lessons
For typical examples of tango performances by famous “Milongueros”, see: https://youtu.be/r0tMAz4RFaU Ruben Harymbat & Alicia Pons in Tigre Viejo, and https://youtu.be/jN13VdGnB_A Adrian and Amanda Costa in El Ingeniero.
Videos of social tango dancing are rare. For an example of tango in a milonga in Buenos Aires, see: https://youtu.be/9OZNZv7VqJk