EMAIL (info@tangobootcamp.co.uk)  to reserve space on Oct 2017 or Feb 2018 BootCamp.
 
Please scroll down for more info about October & February BootCamps
 
 
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 BEGINNERS BOOTCAMPS 
  
  OCT 28/29 2017: RALLI HALL, BRIGHTON (reserve a space info@tangobootcamp.co.uk 
or 
FEB 10/11 2018: RALLI HALL, BRIGHTON (reserve a space info@tangobootcamp.co.uk  )
 
TO RESERVE SPACE (S) ON NEXT 2 DAY BOOTCAMP (OCT 28/29 BRIGHTON&HOVE):
email name(s) to info@tangobootcamp.co.uk
 
 OCT 28/29 2017 BEGINNERS BOOTCAMP DRAFT TIMINGS

(The timings below are the latest available)
Sat Oct 28
10.30 Tuition Begins (register from 10.00 am)
17.30 Tuition Ends
20.00-00.00 Milonga

Sun Oct 29
10.00 Tuition Begins
16.30 Tuition Ends
16.30-18.30 Graduation Al Fresco Milonga  

 

Totally new approach to learn to dance tango quickly and with confidence.......
TangoBootCamp has been designed by dancers who have experienced the joys and yes the pain of learning Argentine Tango. It acknowledges and tries to tackle the difficulties involved with learning this beautiful dance. It has been constructed as a truly new approach to help get you dancing the dance quickly, confidently and joyfully!

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TANGOBOOTCAMP GUIDE SYLLABUS
We structure our teaching and pace according to the abilities and progess of the TangoBootCamp students but the beginners 2 day weekend will usually contain the following elements:
- Walking and Tango Music (salida + musica)
- Tango Embrace (abrazo)
- Tango Balance + Weight Transfer (balanceas y cambios de peso)
- Basic 8 Step (basico)
- Forward + Backward Steps +Pivots (ocho para atras + ocho defrente)
- Leg displacements and interruptions (sacadas)
- Leg sweeps + throws (boleos)
- Stops and Drags (paradas + arrastres)
- Sandwich steps (sanguchitos)
- Turns + half turns (giros + media giros)
- Leg hooks (ganchos)
- Changes of direction + bounce steps
- Connection, improvisation, embellishment
- Putting it together
- Milonga dancing
- Musicality + phrasing
- Tango Music history

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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 for beginners.
 
Why is 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 have taught.
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. 
 
Is TangoBootCamp for me?
To help answer this we have given you a little checklist to consider:
 
Required
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 and concepts.  
 
Not Required at all
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.
 
Not 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?
See above
 
Do I need to be a dancer?
See above. 
 
How will the teaching be structured?
Teaching 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.
 
Why 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.