Schedule / Agenda,
Overview and Objectives:
To increase understanding of the Argentine tango in a manner that is joyous and interesting
To bring together all the concepts necessary through beneficial exercises, figures and patterns, so that you may find more connection with yourself and your partner
To increase your understanding of the tango dance and dance in general, so that you may dance more gracefully, with self and partner, in combination with the music.
To increase the understanding of Argentine tango music, to include the waltz and milonga.
To bring more creativity, variation and joy to dancing the Argentine tango.
My teaching of tango stresses the natural organic movements of our bodies to dance a dance full of passion, joy and also melancholy. The heavenly embrace of the tango is all important, as it transmits energy, ideas, feelings. I also stress the tango walk, because a walk that flows with control and stability is the essence of tango. I also teach correct posture, flexibility of the body, change of weight in the right moments to keep the bodies flowing in the dance. I dance and teach both roles of man and woman, leader and follower.
Other essential tango movements I teach include the varieties of forward and backward ochos; the various types of giros that the man does and the woman around the man; various types of voleos, the varieties of ganchos, etc.
Moreover, I believe that communicating with your partner, dancing with your partner, having a conversation with your partner using as vocabulary the movements of the tango is very important. Also, musicality is very important, which means not merely hearing the music but listening to it, feeling it, understanding it, and interpreting it through the dance. We work with the various tango rhythms, the tango itself, the tango waltz and the milonga.
The exercises that I give you will increase your balance, agility and dance reflexes, and will allow you to dance to your utmost ability.
Furthermore, I teach ways to improvise to the music, putting the moves that you have learned together in order to interpret tango music. Improvising is an art; “listening” to your partner in the tango is an art (as in life), and dancing the tango well is an art.
IN my classes and workshops, we will work on the heavenly embrace of the tango, the essential tango walk, giros, voleos, adornments, musicality, creativity and improvisation—all of its secrets. In addition, I will share with you my philosophy of tango movement, the mechanics of tango, upper body / lower body dissociation, the meditation of tango, the surrender of self in the tango, drawing with your body, always striving for elegance while dancing.
Salon and milonguera style; the Milonga. The complications of the tango. The history of the tango. Everything you can use on the dance floor!
Mi enseñanza del tango pone énfasis en los movimientos naturales de los cuerpos para bailar un baile llena de pasión, alegría, y también melancolía. Pongo énfasis en la caminata del tango, porque una caminata que fluye con control y estabilidad es la esencia del tango. Enseño la postura correcta, la dissociación del cuerpo, el cambio de peso en varios pasos. Bailo y enseño los dos papeles del hombre y la mujer. Otros movimientos del tango en los que pongo énfasis son las variedades de ochos de adelante y atrás; las variedades de los giros que hacen los hombres y al mismo tiempo, los que hacen la mujer; las variedades de voleos, las variedades de ganchos, etc. Además, creo que comunicar con tu pareja, bailar con tu pareja, tener una conversación con tu pareja con el vocabulario de los movimientos del tango es muy importante. Adicionalmente, la musicalidad es muy importante. Quiere decir, no solo oír la música, pero escucharla, sentirla, entenderla, y interpretarla por el baile. Trabajamos con los varios ritmos del tango: el tango mismo, el vals, y la milonga. Los ejercicios que doy aumentarán tu balance, la agilidad, los reflejos de tu cuerpo, y te permitarán bailar a tu máxima capacidad. Además, enseño cómo improvisar a la música, sintetizar los movimientos de tango para interpretar la música del tango. Improvisar es un arte; “escuchar” a tu pareja en el tango es un arte (como en la vida); y bailar bien el tango es un arte.
From October - December, 2014, I will be in Sugar Land, Houston, and Austin, TX. Private and group lessons available upon request.
Tuesdays, Tango in Sugar Land, TX
Tango Dance Classes with Live Tango / Bandoneón music!
at Tierra del Fuego TX Restaurante Argentino
2110 Town Square Place, Sugar Land, TX 77479
Classes continue Tuesday, Nov. 25, and into Dec.
7:30 -8:30 pm, All level class, $18
15% discount package of 4 classes
Pay at the door with cash or reserve your classes by PayPal
December 20, 2014, AUSTIN, TX
2:00 pm - Class One: "Secrets of the Tango: Revealed ™ -- Revolutionary Workshops by LAN"
3:45 pm - Class Two: "Concept, Connection, and Technique: Everything you ever wanted to know about the Argentine Tango."
Pre-register by December 10th and receive both classes for only $30!
Click here to pre-register
BUENOS AIRES -- May 15 - September 2013 - private lessons. Please consult.
- 2012 -
New York City, 8 - 23 October 2012: Performances, workshops, private lessons, pls consult.
October 12, 2012, Friday, New York City
Tango Show (Dance & Singing Performance) by Mong-Lan & Stefan
Tango Dance Class at 8:30 pm. "The Secrets of the Tango: Revealed": In my class,we will be working fundamentals such as the tango walk, the ocho, the giro, the voleo; then build up with more complex steps and patterns, in the process, giving you an intelligent way of dancing, understanding and being creative with the tango. Furthermore, we will work on musicality, understanding tango music. The tango above all is a surrender, to the music, to your partner. How do we surrender ourselves, offer ourselves to our partners, surrender ourselves to the music? At the end of the class, you will understand more of the secrets of the tango.
Tango Lounge Milonga (Org. Tine Herreman), 9:30 pm - 2:30 a.m.
DanceSport, 22 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
MONG-LAN dances and sings the tango, and puts her heart in each line. Dynamic tango dancer, singer, poet and visual artist visiting from Buenos Aires, Mong-Lan brings 17 years of tango experience, having performed and taught in Argentina, Italy, Thailand, Japan and the U.S. She holds an MFA from the U of Arizona, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford Univ.
Buenos Aires, clases privadas. (private lessons and group lessons available).
“Secrets of the Tango: Revealed”
All-level Tango Workshop, San Francisco, California
IN my series of workshops, we will work on the quality of tango movement, the embrace of the tango, the essential tango walk, ochos, giros, voleos, adornments, musicality, creativity and improvisation—all of its secrets. In addition, I will share with you my philosophy of tango movement, the mechanics of tango, upper body / lower body dissociation, the meditation of tango, the surrender of self in the tango, drawing with your body, always striving for elegance while dancing.
Salon and milonguera style; the Milonga. The complications of the tango. The history of the tango.
Everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask! And, of course, everything you can use on the dance floor.
Mong-Lan, visiting tango dancer and artist from Buenos Aires, brings to Houston her vast knowledge of the tango, 17 years of tango dancing experience. Mong-Lan has taught and danced tango in Argentina, Italy, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, and the U.S.A. Please join her for these mind-blowing workshops.