Previous Guest Teacher Workshop Topics

Here are some of the previous topics for the Sunday workshops at Henley. (Click here for the forthcoming workshops at Henley).

2020

Feb: Luis Rodriguez and Elizabeth Knock of Tango y Nada Mas

  • Musical giros and exits from the giro
  • Smooth starts to the giro

2019

Nov: Luis Rodriguez and Elizabeth Knock of Tango y Nada Mas

  • Putting Extra Spice into Milonga
  • Bringing it all together: the embrace, the walk and the music

Oct: Luis Rodriguez and Elizabeth Knock of Tango y Nada Mas

  • Putting Spice into Milonga
  • Bringing together the embrace, the walk and the music

May: Kate Isotta and Tony Ramsay of Tango Abrazo

  • Using the middle of the step for alterations, especially in vals
  • A simple sacada and further adventures with the giro

Mar: Kate Isotta and Tony Ramsay of Tango Abrazo

  • Exploring the Dark Side – working on the closed side of the embrace in tango, milonga and vals
  • The Space Between – how to give yourself more time in every step, improve your stability and open new possibilities in the dance

2018

Nov: Luis Rodriguez and Elizabeth Knock of Tango y Nada Mas

  • Circularity and Rhythm in Vals
  • Playing with the melody in Vals

Oct: Luis Rodriguez and Elizabeth Knock of Tango y Nada Mas

  • Vals – making it flow
  • Beyond the Cross – Honing the cross and then adding some special exits

Jul: Luis Rodriguez and Elizabeth Knock of Tango y Nada Mas

  • Milonga Traspie Lateral – a double-time whenever you need one
  • Milonga Lisa (smooth) – Finding and using the musical phrases to increase your enjoyment of Milonga

May: Luis Rodriguez and Elizabeth Knock of Tango y Nada Mas

  • The emblematic figure ‘Salida del 40’
  • Developing the skill of embracing the walk and the music

Mar: Kate Isotta and Tony Ramsay of Tango Abrazo

  • Playful Elements and Surprises: Ways to keep your dance fresh and alive by introducing the unexpected
  • Starting and Finishing: Twenty Ways to Start a Tango and One Seriously Classy Finish

Jan: Kate Isotta and Tony Ramsay of Tango Abrazo

  • The Road to Poise and Fluidity. Exploring the Axis
  • Leg Displacements and Tasty Turns

2017

Sep: Kate Isotta and Tony Ramsay of Tango Abrazo

  • New possibilities – exploring the closed side of the embrace
  • Moving in opposition. The perfect ocho cortado

Jul: Kate Isotta and Tony Ramsay of Tango Abrazo

  • The Art of Soft – exploring sensitivity and responsiveness
  • Milonga Essentials – a toolkit for dancers

May: Kate Isotta and Tony Ramsay of Tango Abrazo

  • A sacada toolkit
  • Mastering the Giro

Mar: Kate Isotta and Tony Ramsay of Tango Abrazo

  • The Cross and Some Variations
  • Spirals – a look at the way of getting the essential quality of flow into your turns

Jan: Kate Isotta and Tony Ramsay of Tango Abrazo

  • Dancing With Strangers – practical ways of improving the tango conversation; plus a surprising pivot with a nice suspension
  • Tango Toolkit Part 1: Changes of Direction – finding freedom on the dance floor

2016

Nov: Caro Hosier

  • Dancing Nuevo Tango

July (Manor Ballroom): Solveig and Bogdan

  • The rolling embrace and tight turns.

June (Manor Ballroom): Omar Sosa

  • When you are up you are up, when you are down you are down.

March and April: Kate Isotta and Tony Ramsay

  • Off Axis Adventures
  • Free Up Your Dancing – The Cross-Foot Cross

2015

Nov: Caro Hosier

  • Nuevo immersion

Oct: Siobhan Richards

  • colgaditas in a close embrace
  • Spice up your dance: musical finesses for him and her dancing ochos

May: Siobhan Richards

  • Rhythmic turns for Vals.
  • Salon-friendly Boleos

April: Raquel Greenberg

  • Milonga technique and Musicality.  Fine tuning the lead and follow and with some fun combinations.
  • Giros develop a good connection and technique. Control of start and finish of a giro and play with simple but useful combination.

March : Raquel and Diego

  • Milonga – musicality and rhythm and how to use the double time and other syncopas (12 months plus)
  • Giros – techniques and combinations in closed and open embrace (12 months plus)

Feb : Amir Giles

  • Rhythmic variations and decorations
  • Men: Leading and being led (plus women interested in leading)

Jan : Michael Lavocah

  • Milonga from basics to ochos and giros – all levels
  • All levels : Changing the embrace

2014

November: Mabe Rivero

  • Creating romantic moments in your dance
  • Ladies – continuity and support

October : Siobhan Richards

  • Combining turns, changing direction within a turn
  • Ladies poise and styling.

April : Siobhan Richards

  • Dynamic walking turns for tango and vals
  • Improver: Playful ocho cortado variations.

(Click here for the forthcoming workshops at Henley).