Tango Stories #1 - A La Gran Muñeca

Have you ever wondered what a certain tango name meant or what the name signifies? 
For example, the tango A La Gran Muñeca.  The literal translation could be either To the big doll or To the big wrist, since the word muñeca has both meanings, depending on context.   The correct meaning in this case is To the big doll because it was written for a musical stage show with that name by Jesús Ventura, with lyrics by Miguel Osés.

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T#6 Tango Fitness Class- Tertulia #6 (conversations with Makela and Steven)

My commitment is for people who step into the studio to be the best tango dancer they can be. Tango is asymmetrical because of the way the embrace is set up, so it is very important that we balance the alignment of the body. The body of a tango dancer has to be both strong and lengthen. The posture of the tango dancer requires for your lower body to be grounded and at the same time for your spine to be up and forward.

The structure of the tango fitness is as follows: 1) Cardio 2) arm and leg strength 3) core strength, 4) cool down with meditation.

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Tertulia #5 (conversations) with Makela and . Steven: MUSICALITY

First, when dancing it is important to find the pulse (the beat). After finding the pulse, we try to identify, the first beat of the phrase (number one): the strong beat.  As dancers, we generally count a phrase in this way: one(strong)-two-three (semi-strong) four, five(strong again), six, seven (semi-strong) and eight, an then we start all over again. 

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An intro to Pugliese by Steve Gordon

When you go to a milonga you will most likely hear Pugliese toward the end of the night.  People are more comfortable with each other, the space and romance is in the air. Pugliese’s music is intensely romantic, filled with melancholy, passion and longing. Some recordings that demonstrate these qualities are “Recuerdo” and “La Yumba”

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Your Tango Music Collection Part 2 by Donald Cooper

Now that you have some familiarity with the Big Four orchestras you will likely want to experience some of the other major orchestras of the period.  Our suggestion (Makela’s and I) is to now become familiar with Miguel Caló and his “Orchestra of the Stars” and his famous singers, Raúl Berón, Alberto Podestá and Jorge Ortiz.

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"Tertulia #2" (conversations) with Makela - New to tango? Classes and "Tarea" (homework)

There are people who like to take private lessons more than others, I think you are more like that, and if you can take private lessons in addition to group classes that is definitely the best way to go. They are customized and hand picked training for you. Now, if you want to take group lessons I suggest the Absolute Beginners class on Saturdays.

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"Tertulia #1" (conversations) with Makela - How did all this start? Get to know her philosophy and experience on tango -

About tango… And I always think the moment you stop studying is the moment you stop living basically. I always try to go back to Buenos Aires and talk to colleagues, practice, ask questions, read, and listen…Tango is such a huge array of things, the music, the history, culture, the relationship between a lead and follow, gender issues, so many things. It’s fascinating and I love it. ..

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