next series of Fundamentals A classes will begin June 21,
Classes are held at the Great Hall at the Emmanuel Episcopal
Church 811 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 (Mt. Vernon
can preregister here.
for current information!
of Tango (either A or B, see below) will be from 7
- 8 PM and an Advanced Fundamentals series (see below) will
be from 8 - 9 PM. All classes are progressive six week series.
How do I begin to learn Argentine Tango with El Otro Beso?
first thing to do is to decide you're going to put six weeks
into having fun trying something completely different! Next,
look on www.theotherkiss.com for the next Fundamentals
A group series and preregister. That will get you signed
onto the weekly newsletter where you will get info on what
you will be doing in class, what's happening and what's coming
regarding tango in Baltimore.
Fundamentals A series will be immediately followed
by a Fundamentals B series. After you've completed
both A and B series you have a solid foundation for
tango and can then take any Adv. Fundamentals Class
I would like to take the series but I will have to miss X
classes for Y reasons. What should I do?
are offered in a series for a several reasons. Leaders especially
need a progressive exposure to the fundamentals to incorporate
them as quickly as possible.
To start you out on the right foot, so to speak, you must
take at least one of the two first classes of the Fundamentals
A series before taking any of the subsequent classes.
You can miss or drop-in to any of the Fundamentals A
classes as long as you have taken at least one of the first
two classes. You won't want to miss though. Each
week beyond the second class of the Fundamentals A series
begins a completely new element of tango.
you cannot make either of the first two classes, you have
two options. First, you can take a private
lesson to makeup for the missed classes. Secondly, you
can wait. The series will be repeated every twelve weeks.
both Fundamentals A and B series have been completed,
a student is welcome to attend any class regardless
of the progression of the series. Any class may be paid
for by the class ($15, $12 student). It is not necessary to
register for an entire series (though for the Fundamentals
series it usually makes sense to do so). The Advanced Fundamentals
series is often a collection of related movements. Once you've
completed the Fundamentals series, we know you've heard how
it works and how to respect your partner and the other dancers
on the floor. After that it's all about practicing, adding
to your tango and having FUN!
classes are rooted in the lead-response principles of Argentine
tango. Previous experience with other dance or the tango is
not required for the Fundamentals A series. You do not need
to bring a partner for either type of class. In fact, at any
level of the tango you will learn both faster and better by
changing partners.. and we will encourage doing so regularly
during the lessons.
size may be limited on a first come first served basis and roughly
role balanced. Roles are leader (traditionally male) and responder
(traditionally female). If you are registering to learn a non-traditional
role, no problem, simply include the role in the optional note
available at registration.
casually for class but wear shoes with leather bottoms.
Here's why: Pivoting is common in the tango. You need a slight
amount of traction to help you push off the floor when you
dance. However, if you have too much traction it is more difficult
to pivot. The torque it takes to make you pivot gets communicated
to your joints (especially your knees). Tangueros wear a variety
of different types of shoes.. but they all have leather bottoms
of some sort. For more information about shoes, go here
on the FAQs page.
schedule for the Fundamentals A Series will be:
1: Principles of the tango and Walking Together I
2: Walking Together II: Introduction to Cross System
3: More Cross System Movements Walking Together III
5: The Molinete: Responders turn to Drive
6: La Crusada (the cross) and how to tango worldwide!
curriculum for the Fundamentals B Series will vary
depending on class progression:
Fundamentals Series started May 10: Serious Fun with Tango Music
Fundamental A and B Series
can preregister here.