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I want to learn from Detlef and Melina at

Festivalito Rural  2019

The classes

Friday: Musical Awareness

Duration: 90 min

Very often, we try to teach and understand music intellectually. This makes sense, but we also need to awaken our musicality in more intuitive ways. In order to get the music into our body, we will move to different kinds of music, do fun exercises and games. Join us for some new experiences!

A class for both leaders and followers. No partner required. The number of participants is limited to 28.

Saturday: Good morning bodywork

Duration: 60 min

Tango can be challenging: we often tense muscles, don’t use organic methods or forget to breathe. Other disciplines can help. In this class, we will prepare for the dance with yoga and spiral-dynamics based bodywork. Our goal is a warmed-up, flexible body with a good balance and as much relaxation as possible. This is actually how we should start every day.

A class for both leaders and followers. No partner required.

Saturday: Crazy crosses for Milonga

Duration: 2 x 90 min

Discover playful versions of crosses that are suited for lively milongas. A simple diagonal cross can spice-up your dance, if you vary it in all possible ways, also by inserting traspiés. Be prepared for a class that will not only enhance improvisation and repertoire, but that’s fun!

For this class, you need to register with a partner. The number of participants is limited to 14 couples.

Sunday: Entradas for the social dance

Duration: 2 x 90 min

In this class, we will define Entradas properly and distinguish them from Sacadas, work on a proper technique and apply the Entradas in simple and more challenging situations. Given time, we will present one or two dynamical variations to spice up your dance.

For this class, you need to register with a partner. The number of participants is limited to 14 couples.

About Detlef & Melina

We are proud to have Melina Sedó and Detlef Engel teaching at Festivalito Rural. Again. Here's some basic information about them, taken from their webpage:

Stylistically, they are at home in the traditional tango de salón, as it is danced in Buenos Aires, and which they interpret in a very personal and modern way. Their dance captivates through its intimate embrace, playful musicality and an almost puristic elegance: a harmonic interplay of two equal partners without superficial effect. Thus, their tango is newly created in every single moment, and does not just express the music, but genuine feeling.

At the core of their lessons, which are always geared towards improvisational capability, are intensive body work and analysis of tango´s structures. But „technical“ understanding is just a means to concentrate better on the essential: developing one´s own style and relishing the embrace in unison with the music.

If you need proof that they are welcome in many places around the world, take a look at their references.

If you like to read, check out Melina's blog. In there, you'll find her opinion on almost anything … also on Festivalito Rural ;-)

Finally, if you're more of a visual type, here's a starting point for browsing YouTube: Detlef and Melina dancing to Tormenta of Carlos di Sarli at the Festival de Kerallic in France. Watching the video you will surely realise why a blog linking to this video calls them those masters of control ;-)