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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Tango Musicality Series
Jul
12
to Aug 9

Tango Musicality Series

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Tango Musicality Series

Ramu Pyreddy, a true virtuoso of tango music and culture is offering a musicality focused intermediate level tango series this Summer Session.  Unlike our usual format, this series will be 5 weeks in length with 2 hour classes. 

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

Pre-registration is required for this series (link coming soon). 
Roles will be balanced. 

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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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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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

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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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