The Delta Dance Bronze Smooth Tango video dance course is the exact same program we teach in our live group classes. This is a comprehensive program covering a total of about 90 minutes of instruction, broken down into different parts to make it easier for you to learn.
Smooth is a beautiful dance style that has a lot of similarities to International style Ballroom, but with the partners separating. Instead of being continually joined with body contact, the partners break apart to create individual actions where they are only joined together by one or two hands. This provides wonderful creative freedom. Technique for movement is pretty much the same as it is for International Ballroom.
This course consists of pretty much the entire Bronze syllabus. We have put it together in the form of a routine. While we normally don't like routines for teaching (since people usually lose track of how individual figures are linked together), it works in this dance because most of the figures start and end the same way, giving you the freedom to combine them differently.
Throughout the video, we cover common issues that we see in teaching and in watching social dancers, providing useful insights to help you dance a more technically accurate and enjoyable Waltz, yet without the burden of too much technique.
This is a comprehensive course that totals about 90 minutes in length. We've broken it down into multiple videos to make it easy to digest and to find the individual figures that you'll want to learn. If you are brand new to Tango, please go through our Beginner Tango video first to understand the basic step patterns and technique of this dance.
Introduction (length 2:03)
An introduction to the program and quick overview of the characteristics of the dance.
Posture & Movement (length 9:25)
This video covers posture for the Tango as well as how we move from foot to foot, which is different from the Swing dances like Waltz.
Running Steps (length 5:21)
We begin the routine with a simple step known as Running Steps. Don't worry, there is no running in this dance!
Progressive Rocks (length 4:32)
The next figure is a pair of Rocks that continue to move forward down the Line of Dance on the first long wall.
Double Corte (length 5:53)
The Corte in Smooth Tango is quite different from the one we find in the International Style Tango. It's also more fun! And in this figure you do two of them in a row.
Open Fan (length 11:39)
Now the real fun begins! One of the most dynamic figures in Smooth Tango, the Open Fan allows both partners to separate in a side-by-side action.
Open Reverse Turn & Outside Swivel (length 8:48)
This figure is very similar to the Open Reverse Turn with Outside Swivel Method 1 in the International-style Tango, so if you are familiar with that version this will be super easy.
Promenade Turning Right (length 2:06)
We are now at the end of the first long wall. This easy figure allows the couple to turn the corner to face a new Line of Dance.
Change of Places (length 5:21)
We begin moving down the new Line of Dance on the first short wall, using a Basic Tango Promenade Link followed by an Open Fan and this fun figure, the Change of Places.
Shadow Rocks (length 7:09)
This figure consists of a pair of rocks in Shadow Position. We also show you a couple of fun options for the lady's free arm.
Contra Rocks (length 8:16)
This is an interesting figure because there's a lot of action, yet it ends in exactly the same place where it started.
Promenade Turning Left (length 1:38)
We've now reached the end of the first short wall. This quick and easy figure turns the corner so that we can travel down the second long wall.
Promenade Pivots (length 6:09)
One of the more challenging figures in the Bronze syllabus, Promenade Pivots require an understanding of weight transfer from foot to foot. We give you some insight into proper technique.
Reverse Underarm Turn (length 6:02)
While this is a complex figure, it is not terribly difficult to learn. The most challenging part is the lady's half turn pivot, and we guide you through it.
Continuous Left Rock Turn (length 4:26)
This is most likely the most challenging figure in the entire routine, but we break it down into its different parts to make it as easy as possible to learn and master.
Open Fan with Underarm Turn (length 4:28)
This easy figure turns the corner to the new Line of Dance along the second short wall, enabling you to immediately continue with the first part of the routine, the Running Steps. By this time the music has likely ended, but you can easily start the routine over again with the Running Steps.
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