workshop by Steve Darmo, author, DJ, teacher
When: Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Tango Tribe dance studio
Who: Steve Darmo of Toledo, Ohio in his first visit to Austin. Author of Tango Endings, the first book to systematically treat the different types of tango endings and how to respond to them with style.
What: An hour and a half workshop for All Levels, both leaders and followers. Musicality and strategies for improving your tango endings for social dancing.
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Creating good endings comes from knowing the music or from being able to anticipate when (and how) the music will end. The steps are secondary and mostly improvisation to fit what you can do into the limitations of the dance space available, the skill level of your partner, and the number of beats remaining when you recognize the music will end.
Steve says . . .
The workshop will be geared more towards being a musicality class than being a strict class on steps and figures. From my experience, creating good endings comes from either knowing the music or being able to anticipate when (and how) the music will end. The steps are secondary and are necessarily mostly improvisation to fit in what you can within the limitations of the dance space available, the skill level of your partner, and the number of beats remaining when you recognize the music will end.
I will be talking a lot about the music and the differences between several of the popular orchestras, while giving many examples. I will be playing the last 20-30 seconds of numerous popular tango songs throughout the workshop to help the students hone their musicality skills to time their steps with the ending of the music.
TANGO ENDINGS the book and website (tangoendings.com) by Steve Darmo
Just as a gymnast needs to stick the landing at the end of the routine, a well-timed and executed ending is essential to dancing Argentine tango. This unique book unlocks the secrets to tango endings that have consistently frustrated beginner and intermediate dancers. After years of searching in vain for a class on endings, Steve Darmo took it upon himself to learn everything he could on the topic. Realizing that the music drives the steps, he extensively researched the best music from the Golden Age. He studied over 1700 tangos recorded by the 20 most popular dance orchestras in order to prepare the most comprehensive work ever written on the subject. This book gives everything you need to become an expert at tango endings and greatly improve your dancing. It is packed with tips and is written in an easy conversational voice.
Book review in Modern Tango World Magazine #11 (Paris, France) Edition, by Alexandru Eugen Cristea on page 40.
“This book is clearly one spectacular event in the world of tango. Not since Amenabar’s book, TANGO: LET’S DANCE TO THE MUSIC, has there been another work on tango musicality, til now. Steve Darmo has made a veritable tour-de-force describing one of the most important aspects of tango dancing—how to end the song. The book is dedicated to ‘all the tango dancers who have ever missed the ending of a song.'”