Susana Miller returns May 19-20 2018!

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Dear Houston Tangueros, Enthusiasts, mark you calendars for this exciting news. Susana Miller will be returning to conduct tango workshops next weekend. This will be her 20th annual visit since her first visit to Houston to teach tango in 1999!

Susana Miller is the preeminent teacher of Argentine Tango in the Milonguero Style, a term she coined to introduce tango apilado to students around the world. Milonguero Style is a synthesis of Susana’s studies over the years of the unique dancing styles of the older milongueros. She was the first person to study the anonymous and intuitive milongueros’ dance, to enjoy tango in the same way they have done for decades: dancing socially. She has a gift for deciphering their distinct vocabularies and choreographic combinations, and transmitting these to her students. In this way she has developed a rich language that condenses more than a hundred years of tango tradition. Her work as a teacher has shaped tango as we know it now, not only in Buenos Aires, but also around the world.

Her ability to focus on key concepts and communicate them with ease distinguishes her from her predecessors, since she can – with a language as technically correct as it is accessible – share the secrets of the Porteña milonga with everyone who wants to become part of it. Teacher of teachers, she has worked with most of the renowned milonguero teachers and is constantly training new generations of professional instructors. She has toured all around the world.

Workshop Details are as follows:

Saturday May 19 2018

A 1.00 PM – 2.15 PM For All Levels
Men’s technique: Fundamentals of the milonguero style. Balance, posture, connection with one’s own body and with the woman’s body. The abrazo. How to maintain the embrace when turning. The walk. The corrida.
Women are welcome: Understanding the man’s role helps to understand your own role.

B 2.45 PM – 4.00 PM Intermediate & Advanced
Figures are situations on the dance floor. Five basic figures for navigating impeccably (for waltz as well as tango). We’ll film these figures, combining them with explanations in “slow motion.”

Advanced: Breathing and relaxation exercises. Viewing the dance as a game. The technique of “permission.”

C 4.30 PM – 5.45 PM Tangovals
Waltz, rhythm. A turn, walking in corrida rhythm. The corrida walking backwards (characteristic of Tete and Vidort).

Sunday May 20 2018

D 1.00 PM – 2.15 PM Milonga
Milonga caminada. Two traspies (that are fun to do, but not indispensable). How to combine the traspie with simple milonga (milonga lisa). (Beginners and intermediate dancers can do the first part of the milonga workshop; the second part will be reserved for advanced dancers.)

E 2.45 PM – 4.00 PM Women’s technique
Balance, abrazo and connection. We’ll study 6 movements: walking backwards and forwards, back ochos, the cross, the turn, balance on one leg. Keys to “following” with fluidity. Techniques for avoiding pain in the ball of the foot.
Men are welcome: Learning to understand the female role helps to have a greater awareness of one’s own role.

F 4.30 PM – 5.45 PM Advanced
Dancing to Pugliese & (“empty spaces”). D’Arienzo (timing and shorter spaces, traspie and half-time). Rhythm and musicality. The difference between music to listen to, with its rhythmic variations, and music to dance to, whose rhythm is more square. D’Arienzo waiting times and boleos. In D’Arienzo music there are bars where we stop actively “walking on the tile” and women “drawing” music with one foot or boleos marking the beat of the music. A short talk for everyone, especially DJs and tango professionals. The music plays a principal role in dance. A look at its essence as a cultural element.

All Classes will take place at Claire School of Dance 2nd Floor Lambert Hall 1703 Heights Blvd. Houston TX 77008. For more information or questions: s_bhotla@yahoo.com or bhotla@gmail.com, (832)282-6894

All 6 classes……………….…………………………….$150.00
Any 3 classes: …………………………………………..$ 80.00
Individual classes……………………..………………$ 30.00

To pre-register, mail check payable to: Srinivas Vishnubhotla, 1813 W Main St, Houston, TX 77098 or via paypal to bhotla@gmail.com.

Private Lessons: Susana will be available One Hour Private Lessons, first come first served. All individuals for privates must come with a partner, though instruction will be dedicated to person taking the class. Lessons are $100.0/single or $120.0/couple (plus floor fee, if it applies).

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