What is TangoBootCamp?
Most of us are familiar with
the bootcamp concept. Originally army associated it is now frequently seen in other areas (including mainstream business, reality
tv talent shows and in US it is common for dance events). For us bootcamp is all about hardwork, no-pain-nogain atmosphere,
firm but supportive instructors, shared experience with like minded individuals and perhaps most importantly the
feeling of reward associated with successfully passing through bootcamp.
Why did you develop TangoBootCamp?
We believe TangoBootCamp is the solution to a real need. That
is to get beginners dancing tango more quickly and with more confidence. We are all dancers ourselves and although reasonably
accomplished in other styles, our initial Tango progress was very slow and often painful. Sometimes it
was the case of one step forward and two steps back (and thats not the dancing!). When we talk to other people
we realise that virtually everyone who has fallen for Tango's charms has had a similar experience.
We therefore decided to try and translate some of the better learning experiences from
other dances and countries to develop a programme that could accelerate the learning curve and really stepchange the experience
TangoBootCamp different from other programmes?
Intensity - We believe you need to dance an awful
lot of tango to even start to feel the dance, let alone get some confidence in it. This is 12+ hours of tango tuition in
one hit. With the evening events add another 5 or 6 hours to that total! Most beginners workshops are only 1-2
hours and even a starter course will only be maybe 5 or 6 hours spread over probably a couple of months.
Structure - Other dance styles most
notably Modern Jive have an organisation or structure that helps beginners to learn quickly. Moves have names, tips are
given how to link moves together, lessons have a clear structure, there is often a reprise lesson to revise the learning. Not
always but frequently this structure is lacking with tango.
Learning tools - Even with the best will in the world we all forget probably 80% of
what we have been told. We will provide a clear set of notes which will demystify Argentine Tango, consolidate the
teaching and will be a useful reference once the weekend is over. We will also provide a free DVD of the moves that
Teachers - Our teachers
have almost 30 years partner dance and more than 15 years tango experience between them. They have learnt with great teachers
and are friendly, patient and encouraging. YOu will work hard at the bootcamp but you will have fun whilst you do so.
Socialising -This weekend will also
be fun! You will meet some great people and many of whom will probably remain friends as you build your tango network. There
will be plenty of opportunity to chat/review progress and in the evenings let your hair down. Unlike other dance
styles it is almost a requirement to have a glass of wine when you dance tango socially! We have arranged
a fantastic party night for the Saturday night (with 2 rooms, one of which is less busy, very dark and not at all
intimidating for you to practice what you learnt!) We also have many friendly local tango dancers around to help
you out and integrate you into the tango scene.
Who is TangoBootCamp aimed at?
TangoBootCamp is aimed at ANYONE
who has ever harboured a burning desire to dance Argentine Tango AND is willing to put in the effort required to
make that desire a reality. Tango dancers come in all shapes and sizes and from all different social backgronds. One
thing binds this group together and that is the LOVE of dancing tango. Additionally they generally share the
desire to constantantly improve their dancing.
help answer this we have given you a little checklist to consider:
Desire! You will need to work hard and probably suffer a bit of frustration along
the way to make the most out of the weekend. To borrow from that great series 'Fame.' 'You
want Tango, well tango costs and TangoBootCamp is right where you start paying.'
Stamina and Concentration.
Although Tango is not as physically demanding as many other dance styles, you will be on your feet a long time so
obviously need to be fit and healthy. You also need to be able to concentrate and focus on the techniques
Any previous experience of Argentine Tango. The course is designed for total beginners.
Of course improvers would be welcome and still benefit from revising their technique with such fantastic teachers.
The great tangueros still practice basic ochos for 20 minutes a day!
A partner. You do not need to book with
a partner although if you can do it would help balance lead and follows. We will rotate classes throughout and much of
the teaching in fact splits leads and follows anyway.
Required but can sometimes be helpful
Any previous partner dance experience. You do not NEED
to have experience of other dance styles to enjoy and become confident in Argentine Tango. Many people successfully start
their partner dance journey with tango and never dance another style.
Similarly, many social dancers
of other styles enjoy the fresh challenge tango provides. If you have danced other styles before you may find it helpful
at the start. Some general concepts (like frame, posture, connection, lead +follow) are similar and some
steps may even look familiar. However you must be prepared to start with an open mind and accept that it is
a different dance and you will be a beginner again.
Do I need a partner?
Do I need to be a dancer?
will the teaching be structured?
will be aimed at getting you familiar with the most fundamental aspects of tango - Walking, Embrace, Posture, Connection,
Dancing with the music. You will learn 8-10 moves and most importantly giving you the tools/tips to confidently string
them together. The syllabus changes slightly dependent on progress of the group but a draft idea can be seen can
be seen elsewhere on this page.
We advocate rotation of partners but you can of
course practice with your partner between the teaching sessions. You also will spend a lot of time learning separately
the lead and follow roles. We will recap previous learnings at all stages and try and link relevant elements together.
We pace the course according to students understanding/abilities. We encourage questions throughout and
answer them honestly and clearly.
What is the significance of the boot and logo?
The boot obviously reflects the idea of a 'bootcamp.' In
our case, the boot also means much more. The first letter of the boot logo, 'b' illustrates the ugly clunky
boot which is a metaphor for the hard work and effort you will need to put into not only this weekend but the rest of your
tango journey. The last letter of the word 't' is styled in the shape of a lovely stiletto representing
the reward and feeling of unparalleled beauty you achieve when you dance a great tango. You wear the boot as a means
to get to the ends which is the stiletto. Gents, dont be put off -for you it would be the beautiful patent leather cuban
heeled tango shoe.
What are my options for accomodation?
Please see www.booking.com and search fro 'Hove' 2 mile radius. This website has the most up to date availability for hotels,
large bnbs and usually has the best prices for those. We also suggest you check out www.airbnb.co.uk for many smaller cheaper bnb options. There are many rooms listed on airbnb which are close to the venue.
isn't accomodation included in the package?
Firstly, after exploring venues with accommodation,
we concluded that they are too restrictive and not really value for money! People who require accomodation
have different budgets and quality requirements. Brighton/Hove is a year round tourist destination with a vast range
of options in the local area which will meet most needs and budgets. We have a fantastic dance venue which we have
worked with for many years and think it is best to separate the accommodation from this.
Secondly, many of our bootcamp students live relatively close to the bootcamp venue. It would be unfair
to force them to pay for accomodation that they wouldn't necessarily require.
Finally, we are not hoteliers
and don't want to be. Our expertise is providing great tango experiences and we'd rather leave provision of working
showers, comfortable beds and nice breakfasts to those better qualified.
What happens after i've completed TangoBootCamp?
Of course TangoBootCamp is just the start of your hopefully, long and rewarding
tango journey. To fully benefit from your learning you will need to practice, practice some more and when you've finished
that practice again. We organise follow up TangoBootCamp events to develop your learning but in the interim periods you should definately attend local classes and of course milongas. We teach three classes
in Sussex but if you are from further afield don't worry, there are fantastic teachers all around the country
who can help you consolidate the TangoBootCamp learning and keep you going with new stuff until the next TangoBootCamp.
We are happy to advise you and provide you with links.