Recommended teaching videos?

ArbeeNYC

Active Member
#25
On their own, no, but they can make you explore things that you wouldn't have explored otherwise. Sometimes it is not more than combining things that you already know (and master well enough to integrate them in your dance) in an unexpected way.
Well, that was my point.

As I said, that's all you can get from videos (or books): it's the start of a journey, not the end of it; if you think that you can get a movement fully sprung from nothingness into your dance just from watching a video then you have unrealistic expectations about what a video can do for you.
I assume that's a generic "you" given that I explicitly expressed doubt about doing just that.

[/QUOTE]I do think it's easier to get ideas from videos than from books -- you'd be hard pressed to express some of the ideas that you can see in a video in words clearly.[/QUOTE]

Can one see ideas in videos? There have been thousands of reviews, essays, and critiques of modern dance and classical ballet over the years, so certain aspects of dance can be expressed in words clearly.
 

sixela

Well-Known Member
#27
We're in violent agreement, of course. But reread your first post and you'll see that you wrote the equivalent of "I wouldn't learn anything from this type of video except what is possible to learn from a video" -- which is, of course, no surprise.
 
#28
Hello,

I myself began this wonderful dance a year ago, with a background in martial arts and sports.

I think it is necessary both to learn the moves by doing in classes and milonga, but also study at home reading this forum and watching videos.

Being a better dancer involves improving many aspects: psychology, mobility and creativity, ability to listen...

Here are 4 resources I am studying :

Osvaldo Zotto "Asi se baila el tango" decomposes the mechanics of how the techniques work

Pepito Avellaneda "Asi se baila milonga" shows the same academical moves as Osvaldo Zotto, but in a milonga context. At the end of all lessons, there is a demo on how to use the new move, it will teach you how to compose the moves and "architecture" your dance as a leader.

Carlos Gavito "Un tal gavito" has some very efficient and elegant moves for close embrace and small spaces, the moves are really subtle and "romantic".

Fabian Salas "Tango Fundamentals" is kind of update of Osvaldo Zotto's videos. Fabian Salas who is one of the Nuevo movement kind of challenged the way to do techniques. I really liked volume 2 where he shows the different way of switching the base of your walk from one way to another. The final review of volume 2 is absolutely gorgeous, you will also learn about musicality of the walk with his videos.

You can find the four videos above on Youtube.

The blog "Tango Argentino de Tejas" has a comprehensive section with reviews of the most popular video resources. That's where I found out about these four masters videos.

I put these videos on my TV, and review 15 min to 30 min sections once every week before going to milongas.
 
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dchester

Moderator
Staff member
#29
Hello,

I myself began this wonderful dance a year ago, with a background in martial arts and sports.

I think it is necessary both to learn the moves by doing in classes and milonga, but also study at home reading this forum and watching videos.

Being a better dancer involves improving many aspects: psychology, mobility and creativity, ability to listen...

Here are 4 resources I am studying :

Osvaldo Zotto "Asi se baila el tango" decomposes the mechanics of how the techniques work

Pepito Avellaneda "Asi se baila milonga" shows the same academical moves as Osvaldo Zotto, but in a milonga context. At the end of all lessons, there is a demo on how to use the new move, it will teach you how to compose the moves and "architecture" your dance as a leader.

Carlos Gavito "Un tal gavito" has some very efficient and elegant moves for close embrace and small spaces, the moves are really subtle and "romantic".

Fabian Salas "Tango Fundamentals" is kind of update of Osvaldo Zotto's videos. Fabian Salas who is one of the Nuevo movement kind of challenged the way to do techniques. I really liked volume 2 where he shows the different way of switching the base of your walk from one way to another. The final review of volume 2 is absolutely gorgeous, you will also learn about musicality of the walk with his videos.

You can find the four videos above on Youtube.

The blog "Tango Argentino de Tejas" has a comprehensive section with reviews of the most popular video resources. That's where I found out about these four masters videos.

I put these videos on my TV, and review 15 min to 30 min sections once every week before going to milongas.
Hi John.

Welcome to the forum!
 
#30
I put these videos on my TV, and review 15 min to 30 min sections once every week before going to milongas.
I rememder doing it similar - but today I would recommend to try to catch up with the steps of the idols on another day.
And to get influenced before one goes to a milonga - if at all - by videos like these:


 
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tangobro

Active Member
#33
I've never really seen a teaching video for beginners that I liked. Does anybody out there have a recommendation?
With caveats about the need to learn from a qualified face to face instructor, these may serve as supplements, though they are not for beginners only:

http://www.caminarabrazados.com/29-2/
Book & DVD. Melina Sedó and Detlef Engel

https://tangomeet.com/maestros
A la carte lessons

Sebastián Achával and Roxana Suárez - Roxana gives detailed information for followers speaking English

Maria Ines Bogado and Sebastian Jimenez - Maria gives detailed information for followers with English subtitles.

I haven't signed up for lessons from the other 2 couples, but specific lessons from various instructors can be chosen.
 

tangobro

Active Member
#34
I haven't signed up for lessons from the other 2 couples, but specific lessons from various instructors can be chosen.
Although I haven't signed up for lessons from the other 2 couples, one of the other couples teaching on Tangomeet.com is Ivan Terrazas & Sara Grdan. I have taken face to face classes with them in which Sara does provide detailed information for followers speaking English. I would guess she also does so in the videos, since that seems to be the standard Tangomeet format.
 
#35
The problem of many of these videos is that they show how to do things correctly. What they usually don’t show are the typical errors that beginners make. Just learned the ocho cortado for example. It took me a few exercises to understand how I need to place my feet to get an ocho cortado instead of a simple back ocho. This is typically the kind of details that are perfectly executed but not explained in most videos.
 
#36
These details are transient, too. A few hundred dance hours later will you recognize that the position of your chest is the trick, then after a few hundred hours more the importance of your hips. The path of spiritual enlightment goes beyond "geometry of the couple" to your freedom in "all yields an echo cortado if I really want that".
;)
 

Mladenac

Well-Known Member
#37
And many things I learned in the class I also need to adapt to my partner as we are not the same couple doing it in the class. Those class instructions were suitable for the class. There are so many small things that need to learn how to adapt.

If a dancer has a feeling of doing something correctly it is good enough to me.
Over time the dancer gets more aware of things how to make corrections.

The Joy of dancing trumps the perfection of dancing when dealing with social dancing.
 

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