Everybody knows it takes two to tango! However, this famous dance form with its unique embrace has much to teach us about our own bodies and offers a gentle and enjoyable way to improve posture and balance, maintain flexibility and co-ordination, and increase energy and vitality.
Whether you are a leader or a follower, or don't dance at all, the techniques used in tango develop physical intelligence and lift the spirits while helping to keep muscles toned and joints supple.
Please note: this is solo practice only – no embrace! Wear loose, comfortable clothing and either thin-soled dance flats or socks.
Each session begins with gentle exercises to settle the breath, focus the mind, stretch the muscles and oil the joints. We move on to gently challenge and improve balance and build a tango-ready posture. We then explore co-ordination and articulation, building to tango-inspired movement to music. The atmosphere throughout is relaxed and playful with each session extending the repertoire whilst offering a starting point for newcomers.
Steph has danced social tango with her partner since 2009, learning from teachers and other social dancers both here in the UK and in Buenos Aires. Over the years she has taught at local and regional tango clubs, Attenborough Arts Centre, the University of Leicester's Student Union, and privately on a one-to-one basis. Steph’s own approach to teaching tango is informed by 25 years of yoga practice with the building, directing and sharing of energy at its core.
Sessions will be roughly fortnightly, bookable individually.
If you prefer to experience the embrace of a dance partner, check out Steph’s Two to Tango sessions this term.
Participants must be aged 18+. No experience or equipment required.