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Immersion Courses

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Pre-festival immersion courses

Mid-festival immersion course

Post-festival immersion courses

 

Immersion Course Information

These courses run before and after the festival, giving participants the opportunity to study more intensively with selected international teachers.

Level: We recommend that you check with a senior NZ teacher if you are unsure which level is right for you. References may be needed for the Advanced Immersion. Check here for a level description.

Capacity: The immersions have a 16-17 couple maximum.

Registration: Register online in the ticketing section. If registering with a partner, please include their name and email address  where indicated on the 'choose extras' page, and ensure they register at the same time, so space is confirmed for you both.

We take no responsibility for the level of partners on the course. Many couples do not rotate on these courses, so we strongly recommend that you find a dance partner to do the course with. It will be suggested that singles on the course rotate regularly. We will endeavour to ensure that there are even numbers of leads and follows in the class, but cannot ensure that they all be present each day.

Multiple Immersions: If you wish to book for more than one course (one before and one after the festival), you can book your second course at a discounted rate, see the registration page for details.

Information: More information about the immersion courses, including the daily schedule, will be emailed out to registered immersion participants 2--3 weeks before the festival commences.

Timetable for Pre and Post Festival Immersions (the Mid-Festival Milonga Immersion will fit in with the workshop timetable and start at 10am each day):

9:20 am Registration and Welcome (first day of course only). Dance studios will remain open for practica afterwards but will be vacated promptly at 4pm for other users of the space. Teaching starts promptly at 9:30am.

9:30 - 11:00 am

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11:00 - 11:30 am

Morning tea

11:30 - 1:00 pm

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1:00 - 2:00 pm

Lunch

2:00 - 3:30 pm

Course

 

Pre and Post-Festival Immersion courses will be held at Webb Street Dance Studios, 22 Webb Street, Wellington. 

The Mid-Festival Milonga Immersion will be held at Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre, 11 Hutchinson Road, Newtown, Wellington.

2 Day Advanced Immersion Course

with Javier Rodriguez and Moira Castellano

A 9-hour intensive course.

Dates: Wednesday 5th - Thursday 6th July 2017 9.30am - 3.30pm.

Venue: Webb Street Dance Studios, 22 Webb Street, Wellington

Javier and Moira unnamedOver 2 days the immersion class participants will sink deply into the walk, the embrace, the connection and all the other unseen secrets about tango you want to know.

See the performers/teachers page for their full biography.

Cost: $560. This includes a gold festival pass worth $365. Book on the registration page.

Cost: $300, without festival pass, this option can be found on the events section of the registration page.

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2 day Upper Intermediate Milonga Immersion Course

with Ricardo Viqueira

A 6-hour intensive course.

Dates: Friday 7th - Saturday 8th July 2017 10am - 1.30pm.

Venue: Te Whaea, 11 Hutchinson Road, Newtown, Wellington

Ricardo Viqueira4This immersion will cover:

  • Milonga lisa with tango salón figures and how to adapt them
  • Basics structures that can help us dancing
  • Traspié, combined movements for circulation
  • Useful and easy structures to link figures and go from simple time to double time.

See the performers/teachers page for his full biography.

Cost: $465. This includes the four main festival milongas and 4 additional workshops of your choice.

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2 Day Upper Intermediate - Advanced Immersion Course

with Alicia Pons

A 9-hour intensive course.

Dates: Monday 10 - Tuesday 11 July 2017 9.30am - 3.30pm.

Venue: Webb Street Dance Studios, 22 Webb Street, Wellington

This immersion will cover:Alicia8

  • The magic and secrets of tango milonguero
  • The use of the axis to generate movement
  • How we produce energetic movements
  • Let's go deeper into the different connections:  ourselves, others, the music, the floor
  • How we build intention and rapport with our partner in the dance
  • We work on the structure of the body in order to give power and expression to our dance

See the performers/teachers page for their full biography.

Cost: $560. This includes a gold festival pass worth $365. Book on the registration page

Cost: $300, without festival pass, this option can be found on the events section of the registration page.

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2 Day Intermediate Immersion Course

with Amelia Rambe and Ferrol Matthew

A 9 -hour intensive course.

Dates: Wednesday 5th - Thursday 6th July 2017 9.30am - 3.30pm.

Venue: Webb Street Dance Studios, 22 Webb Street, Wellington

 This immersion will cover:

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  • How to discover good position for your axis, connection, embrace, walking & body rotation (both circular & linear)
  • How to use dissociation/association in walking and basic movement.
  • Execute a different kind of pivot, with the movement from the body or the hip.
  • Execute the ocho with different possibility of direction.
  • Looking at the giro for both men and women. 
  • Understanding a different concept of giro (linear, circular and centrifugal)

See the performers/teachers page for their full biography.

Cost: $560. This includes a gold festival pass worth $365.

Cost: $300, without festival pass, this option can be found on the events section of the registration page.

 

2 Day Intermediate Immersion Course

with Sebastian Arrua and Soledad Larretapia

A 9 -hour intensive course.

Dates: Monday 10 - Tuesday 11 July 2017 9.30am - 3.30pm.

Venue: Webb Street Dance Studios, 22 Webb Street, Wellington

If you long to be more musical and creative in your dance then this is the immersion course for you. Over 2 days you will explore different ways to express yourself musically. Sebastian and Soledad will help you build a broad vocabulary of movements inspired by the music. Only when the couple understands and follows the music can a deeper experience of the dance be created and shared. 

Sebastian and Soledad2This immersion course will include:

  • Working on orchestras, Di Sarli, D'arienzo. Pugleses and more
  • Elegance and walking
  • The silence and connection
  • Rhythm and dynamic
  • Fluid travelling movements 
  • Improving intuition for improvisation

See the performers/teachers page for their full biography.

Cost: $560. This includes a gold festival pass worth $365.

Cost: $300, without festival pass, this option can be found on the events section of the registration page.

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