Asking yourself where to go for a tango holiday or where to take lessons of this beautiful dance, being an Argentine Tango dancer mainly you have two options. Visiting a big festival with hundreds of participants or learning at a Tango holiday in a small group.
Big festivals certainly offer more distractions, and one can meet more people to socialize.
What however are the advantages you have, participating in a Tango workshop in a small group
Some advantages are obvious for everybody.
Teachers have enough time to care for every participant, giving advice individually. Participants have the possibility to ask their tango teachers at once when they haven’t understood something
Classes in the familiar atmosphere of a small group however offer advantages you might not realize at first thought.
Just imagine being not a participant of the tango workshop but a teacher. Imagine you would teach at a big festival.
In the morning from 9:30 to 11:00 o’clock maybe Tango intermediate level. After that Tango intensive workshop with “sacadas”. From 2pm Vals Cruzado for beginners and at 4pm Vals Cruzado intermediate level with “giros”. After 6pm Milonga Traspié until… and so on, and so on…
All that during two, three days with changing participants, the biggest part of them you see in one of your Tango lessons only once, maybe two times if you´re lucky.
Let´s assume you are a good Tango teacher not yet dulled by traveling and teaching at all the different festivals, seeing all the new faces. Do you think you can do justice to all the participants attending your classes?
There are many teachers who really do their best. Yet as a participant do you assume, an instructor at a big event, can give you the best tuition, having to cope every day with lots of new people, with their smaller and bigger problems and their different dancing levels?
And what about the time when the lesson is over. Do the instructors still have time and energy to talk with you. Can they answer the questions the participants still might have, while the participants of the next class already are waiting impatiently.
Maybe the biggest advantage a small workshop offers is the abundance of time everybody has.
The teachers have a full week to concentrate exclusively on the participants.
They are able to perceive individual strength and weak points and help everybody to dance better.
Another advantage is that there is no next group when your lesson is over. There is lots of time to answer questions, which pop up in your mind after the class, to chat, to explain…
And the teachers don’t leave once the class is over. They are available, maybe at the pool or during the meals.
What do you think? Do you learn better, quicker and with less stress in the familiar atmosphere of a small class. I certainly do.
By the way, I don’t say you shouldn’t go to big Tango festivals. It can be fun and another welcome opportunity to dance this sensual Argentine dance.
When it comes to getting results from the teaching however, you probably should not expect to much, when you attend a workshop where 20 couples or more are considered a “small class”
Wolfgang Sandt Sculptor, stone mason, painter and tango teacher Via Campagna 17 Castel Rigone 06065 Passignano sul Trasimeno (PG) Tel/Fax 075 845457 Cell 349 0764 009 Wolfgang lives and works as free artist near Munich, Germany, and Passignano sul Trasimeno, Italy. Apart of being a sculptor He is as well tango dancer and teacher. He has been dancing Argentine Tango since 1994 learning from the worlds best tango dancers and teachers. He gives Argentine Tango lessons at Villa La Rogaia in Umbria, Italy focussing on the understanding of the music, on the harmony with the partner and the other couples on the dance floor and the joy of dancing rather than memorizing steps.