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Secondly:  Learn to visually identify the 30 core elements of Argentine Tango and label them correctly.
There are only a certain amount of elements that create the dance of Argentine Tango.  You must be able to visually recognize and label each of these elements. This will allow you to learn patterns more easily if you know which element the pattern is built around.  Many times one is overwhelmed by the wow factor all he/she can concentrate on is trying to accomplish the entire pattern without thinking about what element the entire pattern is built around.  Remember to use the elements as building blocks that combined together make up the patterns. 

Thirdly: Learn how to perform the 30 core elements of Argentine Tango 
Learn the first ten core elements of Argentine Tango when you can perform these from memory then proceed to the next ten and so forth.  Donít worry about doing them to perfection, just work on leading your partner through the elements. You will be excited to start learning the multitude of patterns that your instructors will have to offer yet concentrate on working on the elements themselves or alongside the patterns., Donít forsake learning the elements just to learn patterns.  Forsaking the elements will cause you to get frustrated and take much longer to learn the dance.  While in Tango classes ask the teacher to correct you, donít hesitate to ask: You are paying for the class! You should dedicate at least six months to a year at each level.  Donít be in a rush to move up from a basic level to intermediate or advanced.  The reason why it doesnít matter is because if you have a sound basic structure and vary your entries and exits it doesnít matter what level you are. Also when you go out to dance there are very few dancers that can follow patterns beyond intermediate anyway.  Everyone works on the basics continually throughout their dance experience.  I will be teaching ten elements at each level along with associated patterns that provide different entries and exits to the elements. 
Fourthly: Listen and distinguish what you are listening for in the different orchestras for Argentine Tango.
There are five main orchestra families in Argentine Tango. Start listening to the musicality by orchestra this will assist you in starting to distinguish one orchestra from the next and open up your mindset to the variety that the music has and how you can actually change the speed and length of your steps to fit the music.  Most instructors use Disarli to teach. I have found that people will get stuck only learning how to dance to Disarli and their dance becomes single faceted.  Most people end up dancing the same style and rhythm to all orchestras. I do recommend that you practice listening to Disarli first since it is single time yet listen to and understand the other orchestras and their characteristics.  So these are some of the orchestras to  in this order Carlos Disarli, Edwardo Donato, Donato Guerra, Aniabla triollo, Osvaldo Fresedo, Miguel Calo, Rodolfo Biagi, Juan Darienzo, Osvaldo Puliese, Astor Piazzola
Lastly:  Start to create a video library to retain and be able to practice all that you have learned listen o 
We all would like to think we can remember everything although we know this does not happen.  By creating a video library you will be reinforcing your mental library. Even if you donít refer back to your video library regularly.  Mentally,  you will remember how you file things and therefore improve you memory and recall patterns more easily.  File items according to the elements of the dance.  Remember to return and review musicality continually forcing yourself to practice different rhythms. As you increase your ability to recognize the music return to the musicality to reinforce your understanding of the different rhythms.

†I believe that first you must learn the nuances of the dance.† Learn what makes this dance different from any other Latin dance.† Each dance has certain techniques that create the identity of that particular dance, just as Rumba and Salsa have their techniques so does Argentine tango.† In this dance musicality must be learned concurrently with the patterns to be able to interpret the music thru dance.


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