Guided Prácticas

Guided Prácticas – a space just to practise with supportive coaching on hand
Rarely available, yet Prácticas
remain the most important transition between classes and social dancing

The term Práctica is often used nowadays to describe informal tango social dances, away from the more demanding rules and structures of Milongas.  Now we even have Práctilongas, which are simply informal Milongas.

Guided Prácticas –  we believe there is a still a need for the Guided Prácticas, where dancers can go and practise in a completely supportive environment, with the additional benefit of expert coaching.

Practice makes Perfect?  – sadly it doesn’t!  Practice makes permanent.  What you do repeatedly is what your body learns and remembers.  If something in your dance is not working for you, there is clearly something  you need to change.  You may be very aware of the problem, without being able to identify underlying causes.  Simply repeating the same movement reinforces it and “fixes” the problem into your body, making it even harder to change.  It makes more sense to attend a Guided Práctica where supportive coaching is available to help you sort things out.

Our Guided Prácticas are open, friendly and a supportive environment.  You can workshop through movements on the dance floor.  Although there is no formal instruction, coaching will be available for help and support, and generally we keep an eye out for any struggling dancers.

Whether you’re an experienced dancer, or a relative beginner, Guided Prácticas are ideal and the only place totally dedicated to working on our dance together.   We’re on hand to help out – you only have to ask.

We have continuous but non intrusive music, without the formality of traditional tandas, so you can start, stop, dance, discuss what’s happening, and discover what works for you.

We can use video as an instant visual aid to help you see your dance clearly, and to decide how best to work on any improvements.

These sessions are not intimidating, structured or regulated, except to provide the best possible conditions for practice.

Anyone can ask someone for a dance. There is no expectation for you to complete a formal tanda.  You can even practise your Cabecceo.

NO pressure!  The whole ethos of a Guided Práctica is to create a reassuring experience to allow you to work at a pace that suits you, to help you grow in confidence, become more familiar with all aspects of your  tango and become a better dancer.

Remember this important distinction:

Classes – are designed to help you learn as quickly and effectively as possible.  From then on, it’s a question repeating what you’ve learned until you have internalised it.  We believe that the lack of proper practice is a major reason why so little of what is taught in class gets translated onto the dance floor.  Often there are practice sessions after classes, but usually they do not give us enough opportunity to work on what we have just learned, as we are tired and time is limited.

Milongas – whether they are formal or informal as in a Practilonga, they are purely for social dancing.  There is little or no possibility for serious practice without being distracted or getting in the way of other dancers.

Prácticas – these friendly events work for some people, but if you practise anything – it becomes permanent – whether or not its the correct way.

Guided Prácticas – it’s the only place dancers can actually work on things together with expert supportive coaching.

If you would like us to help you or you need more details contact us – here

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