What is it about Latin American dancing that makes it sound so glamorous, especially the tango? For me, mention ”tango” and I can immediately picture couples dancing under foreign skies in a close embrace on warm, dusky evenings to sultry sounding music. OK, so I might be getting a bit carried away. And this is where I must admit that as a novice I get quite muddled as I struggle to tell the difference between ballroom tango and Argentine tango.
Ballroom Tango vs Argentine Tango
Apparently the embrace in Argentine tango is very different from that in ballroom tango. In Argentine tango, the dance partners’ chests are very close together while their hips are farther apart. In ballroom tango, it is the opposite. The dance partners’ chests are far apart from one another while their hips are close together.
Another major difference is that in ballroom tango, the followers look over their partners’ left shoulder with more pronounced movements, including head snaps, which are abrupt turns of the head. In Argentine tango, the dancers’ heads are almost touching in close embrace.
Learn to Tango and Cha Cha
Clearly I have a lot to learn and would benefit from a holiday that’s taking place at the TLH Carlton Hotel this May. Enthusiastic young couple, Antony and Emma Louise Holeksa will be hosting their annual Summer break at TLH, this year devoted to developing techniques in “Learn to Dance the Tango & Cha Cha.”
These 2 dance styles are a complete contrast to one another. Where tango is full of drama and passion, cha cha is fast, fun, and rhythmic with a light and bubbly feel.
Antony started dance lessons when he was 3 years old and continued dancing, progressing through medals and competing. Now, through his own dance school, he provides beginner through to advanced tuition via classes and private lessons. This year he has been short-listed for the prestigious “Dance Today” Dance Teacher of the Year award.
Emma learnt to dance so that she could assist Antony with the various classes that he ran. Now she is training to become a qualified dance teacher to put students forward for exams.
You can see the couple in action when they taught the Paso Doble and Viennese Waltz on a holiday at the Carlton a couple of years ago. This young couple have a really friendly and fresh approach to teaching and you can’t help but be carried along by their enthusiasm. So don’t be afraid to have a go for yourself. As long as you know the basics of ballroom dancing you’ll have a great time and come away with a new skill under your belt.
Learn to Tango & Cha Cha takes place over 4 days and nights, arriving 4 May 2015, and includes 8 hours of daytime tuition plus ballroom & Latin social dancing each evening.
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