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Practice Music

Below are some Yahoo playlists that I have put together for you to listen to as you practice your Argentine Tango. These playlists are also good for getting to know the music of each of the major orchestras of Argentine Tango.

Juan D'Arienzo Practice Playlist
This collection of practice music is by Juan D'Arienzo. D'Arienzo was known as the "King of the Beat." His music is very rhythmic and has a strong steady beat for dancing. His music might not be as complex or as elegant as some, but what it might lack in some areas, it makes up for in energy and drive.


A Taste of Tango...Immersion Lab Saturday, Sep 14

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Join us if you have an interest in tango, if you are presently a beginner and want to review, or if you are awaiting the start of our Beginner Series. We thought to offer this to see the interest level, and perhaps get some new people interested.

For those who are brand new, wear comfortable clothing, shoes that stay on your feet and that you can pivot in ...no flip flops, clunky platforms, or sneakers that grip the floor. Leather or suede soles the best.

Please respond to the event with a GOING; not interested. Find me, Shelley, on Facebook, and PM me and say Attending Taste of Tango. RSVP by September 7th!!! This is for us, you, and the studio. We are requiring at least 10 people attending.

We will start from the very beginning, and, depending upon who is there, will take this as far as we can, time permitting.We will try our best to work with different levels, if you are already taking classes.

Lab : 2-4pm
Practice: until 4:30
Charge: $25

Daza Dance
3230 Peachtree Rd NE
Unit Upstairs
Atlanta, Georgia 30305


A Brief History of Argentine Tango by Clint Rauscher and Shelley Brooks

 Version 1.0 - May 2014

The concept of this performance is to show a progression of Argentine Tango from its early days up to today, demonstrating different rhythms, embraces and styles. 
Performance Notes: This was our first time attempting this performance. I finished editing the music on Thursday and we performed it the very next night, at the Spoleto Tango weekend in Charleston, Sc. This performance was completely improvised, Shelley did not even know which songs I had decided on prior to the performance. Since this was our first time attempting this performance, we appreciate any constructive criticism that you might have for making it better. We want to fine tune this concept and perform it again in the near future.

Leg Wraps and Ganchos - Class Demo - Charleston, SC

Clint Rauscher and Shelley Brooks
May 2014
In this demo, we start with the most basic of leg wraps (ganchos), leading her to a side open and stepping into her step to receive the wrap (:14). The primary leg wrap from the class can be seen clearly at :22 and 1:55. It starts with a rebound step and lead her around/over my right leg, creating an opportunity for her to wrap. One thing that we discussed in the class was the technique for the women, to make these safe for the dance floor, is to not extend the leg out after the wrap.. notice at :25, Shelley's knee is bent and goes up instead of out.

Then we proceed to demonstrate more complex wraps showing how they can be used to express the music, such as at 1:17. Two of my favorites are the double wrap at 1:44 and the inside the embrace gancho at 2:00. We also did a piernazo (high leg wrap, above the man's waist) at :45.