October Intensive for All Levels: Turns (Giros)
Every month, tango classes in Boise take on a new theme, allowing beginner dancers to learn a new aspect of tango through repetition ... or allow experienced dancers to deepen their skill in a particular subject. October's theme is turns. Here's a level guide so you can choose the class or classes that are right for you:
Level 0 (Never danced tango before)
"Tango Fundamentals" lesson, 7:30 pm - 8:00 every Thursday night at Ochos (see description below)
Monday's beginner tango lesson hosted by BSU Tango Club, starts at 7:30 pm (more info)
Level 1 (Some experience with tango but not a lot with the monthly subject)
"Tango Focus" lesson, 8:00 pm - 9:00 every Thursday night at Ochos IF you also took the 7:30 fundamentals lesson (see description below)
Level 2 (Have taken classes on tango turns before)
"Tango Focus" lesson, 8:00 pm - 9:00 every Thursday night at Ochos. You don't need to have taken the 7:30 fundamentals class to participate in the lesson (though you should anyway!)
"Tango Beyond" lessons, 7:00 pm - 8:00 every Sunday at Solid (see description below)
What are Turns (Giros)?
Tango turns (also called giros or molinetes) are movements where the follower (and sometimes the leader) move around their partner, like a planet orbiting a sun. The follower uses a grapevine pattern of steps to encircle the leader. See the video to the left for a dance with examples of tango turns. It is considered one of the fundamental movements of tango.
Schedule and Descriptions
7:30 - 8:00 pm "Turn Fundamentals" - This class will be the same every Thursday and will go over the fundamentals of the subject of the month so you can succeed in the Focus Class. We'll go over basic footwork concepts, lead and follower technique, and drills. You need to take this class to be able to participate in the 8:00 class if you don't have experience with the current subject! Though taking it anyway isn't a bad idea.
8:00 - 9:00 pm "Tango Turns Focus" - This class will be different alternate Thursdays and will go over different tango turns you can incorporate into your dance. Classes are not progressive, so you can take one without other Thursday's classes.
October 4th: Parallel System Turn
October 11th: The Milonguero Turn
October 18th: Basic Turn to the Right
October 25th: Traveling Turns
7:00 - 8:00 pm "Tango Turns Beyond" - This class will be different every Sunday and will be an accelerated version of the previous Thursday class. We'll go over the material from that class again, then "take it beyond" and cover variations and advanced technique.
October 7th: Dark Side Turns
October 14th: TBA
October 21st: Enrosques and Barridas in turns
October 28th: Sacadas in Turns