Less is More
Oct
25
to Dec 6

Less is More

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Less is More

The Fall 2018 edition of "Less is More" starts next week Oct 25. Spots are filling fast!

This series is appropriate for people taking it for the first time AND for people coming back.

Series Description

Like a classical painting or a classic recipe, the ingredients for a memorable dance are few and simple; but the mastery of those details allow one to improvise and create such an experience time and again, even on crowded dance floors.

The Fall edition of this series will focus on 

Rolling, Dissociation and Alterations (Weeks 1 through 4) - The tango embrace has many positions (that are not commonly explored). Each of these positions present a myriad of possibilities and come with unique challenges. We will explore the technique of rolling and disassociation - the two most essential components for achieving a comfortable connection in the various positions of the tango embrace.  Alterations (aka "Changes of direction") are a great tool for improvising and dancing in tight spaces.  Weeks 1 through 4, we will train in better technique and apply it to the most classic elements of social tango, working our way from mastery of “the basic” to excellent execution of turns with sacadas.   

Milonga! (Weeks 5 & 6)  - Milonga is the most lighthearted of the three musical genres of tango. Yet, it is the most intimidating of the three genres. We will start with some very basic exercises in rhythm to over come that fear and work our way to some exhilaratingly musical sequences that work great on the social floor. Whether you fear milonga, or you love it, these two classes will have something for dancers of all levels.

Come prepared to be challenged and work hard!

Logistics

October 25th - December 6th.  7:30-9:30pm.
Balance Gym, 1339 Green Ct NW, Washington, DC 20005. 4th floor. 

Pre-registration is required for this series.
Roles will be balanced.

REGISTER HERE

*To qualify for this series, participants must have attended weekly tango classes for a minimum of 6 months and taken the Tango Mercurio Advanced Beginner "Tango Essentials" 6-week series at least twice. 

Pre-registration ONLY (no drop-ins). Roles will be balanced.  (If you plan on taking the series in the non-traditional role, please email us at info@tangomercurio.org so we can ensure balance).

To learn about Ramu and Simone, see our Instructors page

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2019 Tango Mercurio Foundational Teacher Training
Mar
1
to May 3

2019 Tango Mercurio Foundational Teacher Training

Take Your Love of Tango to the Next Level
With the Tango Mercurio Foundational Teacher Training

As part of our mission to build global community and social cohesion through tango dancing, we provide growth and development opportunities for both aspiring and existing tango teachers. 

The Tango Mercurio Foundational Teacher Training program is based on a clear and effective teaching pedagogy refined and improved upon over more than a decade of conducting on-going tango classes of all levels in the DC area.

Aja Fenn, Tango Mercurio’s Artistic Director, will share with you her most intimate and pivotal discoveries about the art of teaching, while providing the space and support necessary for you to find your own unique teaching style.  This program will advance your tango dancing, acquaint you with the many layers of tango, build your confidence and help you find your voice.

If you have a passion for tango and want to share it, or you simply love learning and want to improve as a dancer, teacher training offers such possibilities.

The Tango Mercurio Foundational Teacher Training curriculum includes:

  • Tango anatomy
  • Advanced study of tango fundamentals and the four primary skill areas
  • Our syllabus for beginners and why we do it that way
  • Science and poetry of lesson sequencing: how to design and deliver inspirational, engaging and effective classes
  • Teaching diagnostics and compassionate correctives for self and others
  • The study of different learning styles: how to reach most learners, most of the time
  • Tango for everyone: Working with injuries and limitations
  • Teaching with a partner verses teaching alone
  • Confidence-building through practice teaching time
  • Finding yourself: We will hold a space and opportunity for you to find your own teaching style
  • The business of tango and how to be a successful teacher and community builder
  • Professional etiquette and protocol as part of a wider network of organizers and tango professionals

    Length of training and time commitment: Participants must commit to a combination of: group training time, hands on teaching practice and assistance, and approximately 2 hours per week of private study and class preparation time. Group work will take place on weekday evenings. Stay tuned to this page for updates about the Spring 2018 session.

    Qualifications: Participants must be intermediate to advanced level in their primary role in improvised social tango, and advanced beginner to intermediate level in their secondary role. The latter includes the ability to successfully – but not necessarily perfectly – lead/follow the “caminata” (tango walk), “cruzada” (the cross) and ochos.

Frequently asked questions:

WHAT IF I DON'T WANT TO BE A TEACHER?
This training is ideal for those who want to delve deeper into the study of Argentine tango to improve their own dancing and to deepen their connection to the global tango community. It's also for people who want to have a transformational experience through the growth that a challenge like this will inevitably foster.

THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT STYLES OF TANGO, WHAT STYLE WILL THE TRAINING BE BASED UPON?
We believe that tango is like a language, spoken with as many different accents and dialects as there are people, and for this reason, we do not categorize our style by any broad stylistic name.  One could say that tango is “reinvented” in every body type and partnership in each new moment. Our curriculum program prepares students for the reality of this diversity on the social dance floor by imparting what we consider to be some of the most “universal” concepts and techniques in tango’s current stage of evolution, whilst preparing dancers to enjoy and adapt to different styles. If this answer isn’t satisfactory for you: The Foundational Teacher Training could be said to be working with “club style” tango which has been described as the style currently danced the most in the milongas of Buenos Aires. This style is sort of a “mish mash” of different styles. It combines many of the rhythmic characteristics and figures of “milonguero” style but with a more upright posture and independent axis, and an embrace that may loosen slightly during turns and pivots to allow the follower to rotate more freely - the influence of a style often referred to as “tango salon”.

IF I TAKE THE TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM WILL I BE ABLE TO TEACH FOR TANGO MERCURIO?
The Tango Mercurio Foundational Teacher Training, like all of our teacher training programs, is not focussed on preparing graduates to join our teaching faculty, nor does it guarantee any such similar opportunity. 

HOW DO I ENROLL?
If you would like to be considered and notified for future teacher trainings, please be in touch with Aja Fenn, explaining your tango background and why you would like to participate in the teacher training: aja@tangomercurio.org

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Sep
6
to Sep 27

Advanced Sequences

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Gabriel El Huracán from Montreal and Aja Fenn will be teaching a 4 week series for Advanced tango dancers. This series will incorporate skills and technique required to combine elements and create advanced, exquisite tango sequences. 

Thursday nights: September 6th - September 27th
Advanced 4 week series - Pre-registration only
Class time: 7:30pm-9:15pm
Price: $85
Venue: Balance Gym Downtown 1339 Green Ct NW, Washington, DC 20005 (fourth floor - with the now extended size room!)

it is recommended that you arrive 10 minutes before the start time of each class.

During this series you will be working mostly with the same partner with only occasional partner rotation to keep us all honest in our technique.  

To receive a registration link or to ask questions, please contact Aja: aja@tangomercurio.org 

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Less is More
Jul
12
to Aug 9

Less is More

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Less is More

Ramu Pyreddy and Simone Pinheiro, two of DC's most influential teachers, are offering a special intermediate level tango series this Summer Session.  Unlike our usual format, this series will be 5 weeks in length with 2 hour classes. 

What's it about?

Like a classical painting or a classic recipe, the ingredients for a memorable dance are few and simple; but the mastery of those details allow one to improvise and create such an experience time and again, even on crowded dance floors.

In this series, which focusses on the most vital ingredients for social dancing, we will:

  • Enhance and deepen our understanding of the basic (normal/cross): the structure, timing and history.
  • Delve deep into the world of alterations (aka change of directions) - most essential for navigation.
  • Taste the many flavors (timing, geometry, feeling) of ocho-cortado and learn clockwise turns.
  • Explore the dark side of the embrace and counter clockwise turns.
  • And have fun learning milonga-traspie in the last class!

Each class will be 2 hours in length. Come prepared to be challenged and to work hard.

Logistics

July 12th - August 9th 2018.
Balance Gym, 1339 Green Ct NW, Washington, DC 20005. 4th floor. 
7:30-9:30pm.

Pre-registration is required for this series.
Roles will be balanced.  FOLLOWER SPOTS ARE NOW FULL. 

*To qualify for this series, participants must have attended weekly tango classes for a minimum of 6 months and taken the Tango Mercurio Advanced Beginner "Tango Essentials" 6-week series at least twice. 

About Ramu

Ramu took his first tango lesson on April 27th, 2000 in Buenos Aires and was hooked instantly. He still has the same excitement for the dance and his love for the music and the dance continues to grow. To share that passion with his friends and colleagues, he started Michigan Argentine Tango Club at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and was actively involved in growing it into a community that is now well known for its excellent social dancing skills. Ramu has since danced, DJd and taught all over the US and Canada. His teaching and dancing are characterized by a keen musical interpretation, infectious enthusiasm and a deep love of the music and the dance that is fanatic. He teaches tango for the social dance floor with an emphasis on connection, musicality and improvisation. He is one of the most knowledgeable and sought after tango DJ's in the US and has been a featured DJ at most tango festivals in the US. Currently, he lives in Washington DC where he is the host, DJ and resident teacher at Milonga Zandunga, one of DC's popular milongas.

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Tango Improvisation
May
17
to Jun 21

Tango Improvisation

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There are three aspects to this series:  1. The cultivation of curiosity and creativity.  2. Mastering the fundamentals of navigation.  3. Empowerment through developing skills of flexibility and spontaneity.  This series is about understanding the architecture or “building blocks” of tango through steps, pivots and the underlying structure of the grapevine.  Learn how to change course in any moment, work with asymmetry, and invent your own combinations by assembling the building blocks of tango in endless creative ways.  This series is both illuminating and fun for leaders and followers alike, and will teach you how to adapt to an ever-changing configuration in the both the tango embrace and the crowded dance floors of the milongas.  Completion of the entire Tango Essentials curriculum is preferred or 1 year of social dancing experience.  

We are thrilled that this Spring Session this series will be taught by guest resident Marcelo El Chino Gutierrez with Aja Fenn. 

When: Thursdays, May 15th - June 21st, 7:30pm - 9:00pm. 

Where: Balance Gym Downtown 1339 Green Ct NW, Washington, DC 20005 (fourth floor - with the now extended size room!)

Tuition: $100 (non-refundable and non transferable). Please note that you cannot use your Tango Mercurio class package for this or any of our Special Classes. 

Instructors: Marcelo El Chino Gutierrez and Aja Fenn.

At this point we are able to accommodate two more couples (you must register with a partner). REGISTER HERE.

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Leading Ladies
Apr
7
3:00 PM15:00

Leading Ladies

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A workshop and practica for women who want to study the leading role. For Women ONLY. Attendees must be advanced beginner level or above in the following role. Tango Mercurio. Taught by Masha Abapolnikova and Aja Fenn.

Balance Gym Downtown 1339 Green Ct NW, Washington, DC 20005 (third floor). 3pm-5:00pm. Includes a one hour guided practica for participants.

Price: $25 ($15 for full-time students)

REGISTER HERE

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Advanced Sequences
Apr
5
to May 10

Advanced Sequences

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Due to popular demand from the DC tango community, we are offering another "Advanced Sequences" series this Spring Session. This series will provide the space for deep discoveries and breakthroughs. Roles will be balanced, partner rotation will be included but the option to focus your work on one partnership is also welcome. Strictly pre-registration only (NO drop-ins). We are honoured to have the incredible Marcelo El Chino Gutierrez teaching this series with us! 

When: Thursdays, April 5th - May 10th, 7:30pm - 9:00pm. (May 10th with Martin Enos).

Where: Balance Gym Downtown 1339 Green Ct NW, Washington, DC 20005 (fourth floor - with the now extended size room!)

Tuition: $120 (non-refundable and non transferable).

Instructors: Marcelo El Chino Gutierrez and Aja Fenn.

REGISTER HERE

ATTENTION: Registration is FULL

*Please note: Roles will be balanced for this series. Please let us know (email aja@tangomercurio.org) if you are a leading lady or a following fella so that we can ensure that you get to take the class in the role you want to take it in. 

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Men's Following
Feb
10
3:00 PM15:00

Men's Following

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A workshop for men who want to study the following role. For men ONLY. Attendees must be intermediate level or above in the leading role. Taught by Masha Abapolnikova and Aja Fenn. 

Balance Gym Downtown (third floor). 3pm-5:00pm. Includes a one hour guided practica for participants.

Price: $25 ($15 for full-time students)

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Leading Ladies
Jan
13
3:00 PM15:00

Leading Ladies

  Photo: Jaime Montemayor

Photo: Jaime Montemayor

A workshop and practica for women who want to study the leading role. For Women ONLY. Attendees must be advanced beginner level or above in the following role. Tango Mercurio. Taught by Masha Abapolnikova and Aja Fenn.

Balance Gym Downtown 1339 Green Ct NW, Washington, DC 20005(third floor). 3pm-5:00pm. Includes a one hour guided practica for participants.

Price: $25 ($15 for full-time students)

 

 

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Advanced Tango Sequences with Aja & Masha
Sep
14
to Oct 19

Advanced Tango Sequences with Aja & Masha

Tango Mercurio is taking a 6 week break from the Thursday Tango Improvisation classes to bring you a one time special 6 week advanced sequences series.

The focus for leaders will be enrosque work and technique. The focus for followers will be advanced musicality, adornments and technique. 

This series is now *FULL*  Please contact aja@tangomercurio.org to be added to the waitlist. 




Photo Credit: Aleksandra Zaytseva

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Teacher Training Intensive
Feb
17
to May 5

Teacher Training Intensive

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Take Your Love of Tango to the Next Level
With the Tango Mercurio Foundational Teacher Training

As part of our mission to build global community and social cohesion through tango dancing, we provide growth and development opportunities for both aspiring and existing tango teachers. 

The Tango Mercurio Foundational Teacher Training program is based on a clear and effective teaching pedagogy refined and improved upon over more than a decade of conducting on-going tango classes of all levels in the DC area.

Aja Fenn, Tango Mercurio’s Artistic Director, will share with you her most intimate and pivotal discoveries about the art of teaching, while providing the space and support necessary for you to find your own unique teaching style.  This program will advance your tango dancing, acquaint you with the many layers of tango, build your confidence and help you find your voice.

If you have a passion for tango and want to share it, or you simply love learning and want to improve as a dancer, teacher training offers such possibilities.

The 100 hour Tango Mercurio Foundational Teacher Training curriculum includes:

  • Tango anatomy
  • Advanced study of tango fundamentals and the four primary skill areas
  • Our syllabus for beginners and why we do it that way
  • Science and poetry of lesson sequencing: how to design and deliver inspirational, engaging and effective classes
  • Teaching diagnostics and compassionate correctives for self and others
  • The study of different learning styles: how to reach most learners, most of the time
  • Tango for everyone: Working with injuries and limitations
  • Teaching with a partner verses teaching alone
  • Confidence-building through practice teaching time
  • Finding yourself: We will hold a space and opportunity for you to find your own teaching style
  • The business of tango and how to be a successful teacher and community builder
  • Professional etiquette and protocol as part of a wider network of organizers and tango professionals

    Length of training and time commitment: The Foundational Teacher Training program is 100 hours long (conducted over a period of 12 weeks).  Participants must commit to three 2-hour sessions per week of a combination of: group training time, hands on teaching practice and assistance, and approximately 2 hours per week of private study and class preparation time. Group work will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evenings.  

    Qualifications: Participants must be intermediate to advanced level in their primary role in improvised social tango, and advanced beginner to intermediate level in their secondary role. The latter includes the ability to successfully – but not necessarily perfectly – lead/follow the “caminata” (tango walk), “cruzada” (the cross) and ochos).

Frequently asked questions:

WHAT IF I DON'T WANT TO BE A TEACHER?
This training is ideal for those who want to delve deeper into the study of Argentine tango to improve their own dancing and to deepen their connection to the global tango community. It's also for people who want to have a transformational experience through the growth that a challenge like this will inevitably foster.

THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT STYLES OF TANGO, WHAT STYLE WILL THE TRAINING BE BASED UPON?
We believe that tango is like a language, spoken with as many different accents and dialects as there are people, and for this reason, we do not categorize our style by any broad stylistic name.  One could say that tango is “reinvented” in every body type and partnership in each new moment. Our curriculum program prepares students for the reality of this diversity on the dance floor by imparting what we consider to be some of the most “universal” concepts and techniques in tango’s current stage of evolution, whilst preparing dancers to enjoy and adapt to different styles. If this answer isn’t satisfactory for you: The Foundational Teacher Training could be said to be working with “club style” tango which has been described as the style currently danced the most in the milongas of Buenos Aires. This style is sort of a “mish mash” of different styles. It combines many of the rhythmic characteristics and figures of “milonguero” style but with a more upright posture and independent axis, and an embrace that may loosen slightly during turns and pivots to allow the follower to rotate more freely (an influence of a style sometimes referred to as “tango salon”).

IF I TAKE THE TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM WILL I BE ABLE TO TEACH FOR TANGO MERCURIO?
The Tango Mercurio Foundational Teacher Training, like all of our teacher training programs, is not focussed on preparing graduates to join our teaching faculty, nor does it guarantee any such similar opportunity. 

HOW DO I ENROLL?
The February 2017 training is at full capacity, but if you would like to be considered and notified for future teacher trainings, please be in touch with Aja Fenn, explaining your tango background and why you would like to participate in the teacher training: aja@tangomercurio.org

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