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Beg/Int Argentine Tango Workshop with Joe Banks & Maggie Lane

Atomic Ballroom Irvine
Event organized by Atomic Ballroom Irvine

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In this workshop you will learn more variables to basic Argentine Tango movements in timing, tempos and dynamic energy! Plus adding new embellishments to Paradas, Ochos and Sacadas!

No partner needed!

Class Schedule (12:00 PM - 3:15 PM)
• 12:00 PM Registration / Check-in
• 12:15 PM Adding Variables: We will start with adding more variables to the Baldosa and Salida basics!
• 1:00 PM Ochos: Time to put the Ochos into the movements, both forward and back ocho embellishments!
• 1:45 PM Fluid Energy: Giros with Sacadas to create more of a fluid energy to the dance!
• 2:30 PM Paradas: Pacing our dynamic energy to exciting/flirtatious Paradas!

The whole workshop is $50 or 5 punches from your Punch Card if you pre-register by 5/4/18. Or $60 at the door. Register in person or online now: http://atomicballroom.com/calendar/special-events/begint-argentine-tango-workshop.php

Punch Cards can only be used if you pre-register.
Apologies, but Groupon deals are not valid for workshops.

-- About the Instructors --

Maggie is a former international elite gymnast that has been performing choreographed routines since the age of 6. She has a basic foundation in all dances and has performed in musicals and operas with various dance styles choreographed from Vaudeville to Fosse, ballroom to swing and more in the US and Europe. Maggie has taught team gymnastics, yoga, group fitness and dance classes alike and enjoys helping others find joy, passion and confidence on and off the dance floor and in life. this past year, she has chosen to focus on Argentine tango, performing professionally throughout Southern California.

Joe has been dancing now for almost 20 years. And to think, it all started at a church retreat up in the mountains. He had attended a social dance one evening at the retreat and was introduced to Country 2-Step and Swing. He was envious because all the girls were so infatuated with this one guy simply because he could dance. Joe then was determined to learn to dance. A friend of his was a student at a dance studio so after returning from the retreat, Joe asked him how he could get involved. He ended up at the guest open house and was hooked from then on out. He started focusing on Country 2-Step and was quickly known as their Country Western King. He would work all day and then spend time at the studio from 5:30p until closing time at 10p learning all the ballroom dances. Eventually he ventured out on the weekends to Salsa, West Coast Swing, and Country Western clubs. After being a student for about a year and a half he joined the studio’s teaching staff for about 3 1/2 years until he moved out to California in 2000 where he taught out in Lake Forest for 14 years. He first discovered his love for Argentine Tango during a stint in Seattle when he decided to check out a Tango Milonga. It was in an underground cellar type establishment with large wooden rafters and Joe was completely captivated by the form of tango he was experiencing. He later discovered it to be known as Tango Nuevo, a new style of Argentine Tango. When Joe returned back to Orange County he quickly encompassed himself with other Tango dancers. He searched for the best teachers in the OC or in LA. His favorite classes were those taught by Varo Biagi. Joe said that even though the classes were an hour away, it was worth every minute. From there, Joe began to go to a milonga on almost a nightly basis for about 2 years straight. Joe says that he has been dancing for 17 years as a professional and of those, 6 years straight has been on Argentine Tango...his current love. Ask Joe for a dance, he can be found at ATOMIC on almost a daily basis. And definitely come find him on Sunday nights at Tango Invasion.