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    first signal of closed embrace

    The workshop I attended in the festival was from a Russian couple (I remember the name of the guy. Maxim). Maybe style was Apilado. In my dance school they teach closed embrace without leaning towards each other. We still haven't started practicing closed embrace, our instructor told me that I...
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    first signal of closed embrace

    I plan to get the fun factor of Tango as soon as I can since Salsa scene is getting worse and worse in my city. But I want to keep dancing socially.
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    first signal of closed embrace

    Yes this is something I should achieve but I need more practice now. At the moment my class/socialDance ratio is in favor of class. I think I have enough materials to work on on the dance floor. This is so true. Yesterday an instructor told me to put my right hand under my partners armpit on...
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    first signal of closed embrace

    I agree with this but some people say closed embrace is the real tango, some people say nobody dances in open embrace in milongas etc. On the other hand, all beginner classes in the festival (sultans of istanbul) was in closed embrace. I didnt have many option. I agree with this actually. I...
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    first signal of closed embrace

    Dear all, Last weekend I've done my first Tango festival! As a 2 month old tango dancer, I've done beginner classes. and the hardest thing in the class was stepping forward on closed embrace. saturday and sunday I've taken the same class from 2 different instructors. As you might guess, each...
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    from salsa to tango

    Yes, so far I learned ocho, giro, barrida, cross etc. But from my salsa experience I know that I'll keep learning them in the next X years and constantly improve
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    from salsa to tango

    Yesterday we attended to the classes that we were supposed to attend. We learned something called giro (or jiro or hiro whatever). It was fun. And we both did it comfortably. Without sabotaging class of other people when we changed partners. It's a beginner stuff but I can't imagine building...
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    from salsa to tango

    I dont think that she will until we reach intermediate level.
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    from salsa to tango

    No, in that case I would rather go to gym or contemporary after work if we are not going to take the classes together.
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    from salsa to tango

    We started tango as a wife&husband activity in order to have a new hobby that we both haven't done before (I do salsa, she does ballroom). I feel like I ruin other girls intermediate classes (because I can't lead intermediate steps properly yet) , also I will learn bad habits since I haven't...
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    from salsa to tango

    Lol! salsa dancer who'd like to give you "private lesson" and next morning sends you 15 text messages! does this not happen in tango???
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    from salsa to tango

    I'm doing classes of Utku Kuley. In spite of his engineering background, he teaches only tango :) I totally agree. At the moment I struggle when there is another couple in front of me. I'm happy to do the very basic walking steps around the floor but I haven't learned anything to do on the...
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    from salsa to tango

    Yes, my previous dance experience helps me in some ways: 1- I know that I'll learn more in practice hours than the classes itself. Hence I'm trying to attend practices as much as I can 2- I have confidence asking girls to dance from any level (well, I still feel anxious while dancing with...
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    from salsa to tango

    I agree. My instructor is also keen on teaching the basics first. But the thing is, my wife is a bit impatient, she'd like to climb stairs quickly (she is a prof ballroom dancer). Hence, now we take both beginner and intermediate classes at the same time!
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    from salsa to tango

    Dear all, I'm a salsa dancer since 2009 (also I've done contemporary for 3 years). 2 weeks ago I started taking tango classes with my wife and I noticed that my salsa background is not helping me very much :) So any suggestions to a beginner who switches from salsa to tango? (btw. no, I...