In the tango I am a leader and a follower and as a consequence I have the privilege of experiencing this amazing dance in its entirety. Both roles in the tango are strong, present, musical and connected but the leading role has a unique opportunity to "generate" the movement of the dance, be creative and set the pace. Most importantly, having a duel competency means more dances and more fun. I encourage all followers to take the opportunity to lead. In many European countries, leading women are the norm.
Here is a review from a tanguera who recently took a beginners' course as a leader:
"I took up Argentine tango because I was searching for a technical discipline in which mastery required successful attainment of meditative concentration and the development of interpersonal trust (especially between strangers). After working with Rachael for about a year as a follower, I decided to extend my practice into leading. Entering the dance through this door was a challenging experience- ultimately increasing both my skills as a follower and my compassion for leaders! I will definitely continue my practice of developing my technique in both leading and following. I also look forward to the increased freedom on the dance floor: there are now so many more potential partners!
Rachael is a skilled facilitator. She caters successfully to classes of mixed ability and experience. For example, she regularly extends upon the introductory technical exercises for students with previous dance experience without making a fuss about it. As a result, absolute beginners do not feel isolated or intimidated, while professional (/tango) dancers remain challenged through a deepened understanding/ extension of any given exercise. She weaves a classroom atmosphere that is disciplined, safe and fun. If, like me, you seek a master of this discipline who is technically proficient, a gifted educator and a down-to-earth facilitator of social space, I highly recommend enrolling under Rachael at Libertango." -Taz
Book for Tango 101: An Intensive Beginners' Experience
Dates and Times: February 2018
Thursdays 8,15,22 February, 1 March 7:30 - 8:45 pm
Saturdays 10 , 17, 24 February 6:00 - 7:15 pm
Venue: Hellenic Club of Cape Town, 24 Bay Road, Mouillepoint
Cost: R1540 per couple or R770 per person
Limited places available