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Zina Argentine Tango Dance

Improvisational Tango

Dance, exercises and clear explanation of the basics of Dance on example of perfect technique, rhythm, and musicality of Argentine Tango dance.

How our lessons are built

What we do is learning how to improvise the dance. This is a heart of all tango styles: Orillero(Nuevo), Salon, Apilado, Milonguero, Canyengue as well as other dances. In order to explain what is going on with the active body in tango, I use a method similar to classical dance. To improve balance, obtain energy waves, perfect pivoting and ocho technique and master the magical tango embrace I use method which I call "Yoga Tango" developed by me. Students told me that these methods helped them in other dances.

Why tango? Argentine Tango is an improvisational dance. Like no other dance it establishes the cornerstones of any dance improvisation: body awareness, reach rhythms, musicality, use of space and interconnection among dancers. It is more focused on these particular qualities of than Contact Improvisation. Argentine Tango is very reach in movements approaching the vocabulary of professional theatrical dance. At the same time it does not require special physical abilities which makes this dance a perfect hideaway for an artistic soul.

Instructor Igor Polk is a master of rare traditional styles: Orillero, Canyengue and Apilado as well as more popular Salon and Milonguero. He is teaching since 2007. Since 2009 he is partnering with Cecilia Sung, a versatile and elegant dancer. Those who are seeking for quality movements, musicians, martial artists, ballroom and ballet dancers are especially welcome - you will find these classes up to your interests.

Concepts: Lead and Dance with the Body; "Active woman"; Tango Rhythm and Musicality; Improvisation and Creativity; Systematic Approach; Feelings and Amplitude, Sensitivity and Energy, Yoga Tango. Мы говорим по-русски

Schedule | Our tango video | Pictures | Photo album of our club | Tango Resume | Igor's Blog 2014 | Flyer

Photo "Palo Alto Weekly" ( "Info Palo Alto" )

Monday Classes

at the Palo Alto JCC "Cultural Art Hall" (Theater).
Stage is reserved for us.
Or the room E-104: Link
7:30 - 8:30 Class "Linear Tango", $12 for both classes
8:30 - 9:30 Class "Circular Tango"
9:45 - 11:30 Practice time, free

We are not always going to be on stage. When the stage is busy, we will be at the 4-th floor hall above.

Photo Steven He, 2014
Check Igor's tango blog for more information and photos

Igor is an author of Tango technique book:
How many other tango technique books do you know?


Tango Orillero

"What style of tango do you teach?" - I teach the essence of tango of all styles. I do point out if something belongs to a certain style: Salon, Orillero, Canyengue, Apilado, Milonguero, Nuevo. I especially welcomes dancers who want to learn tango in all its complexity and beauty, not bound to any restrictions. I am the only one dancer in San Francisco Bay Area who knows all these styles.
"Should I start learning tango in open or in close embrace?"
"How long it will take me to learn tango ?" - Here you will find answers to other questions.. Also see the links above ^
"Why you do not publish the topics of your lessons?" - I do think over the topics of classes, only I do it in the day of the class based on my most recent observation and dance experience with students. I do address their immediate needs to progress them as soon and as effectively as possible to the heights of tango. I can variate or even change the topic depending of the students who come. The topic addresses the average regular students and challenges them, but I do take consideration of more advanced dancers as well as the less advanced. "Igor has the wonderful ability to tailor the class on the needs of those present. This flexibility allows for a better learning and challenging place for the students"

I teach serious tango with great attention to details involving correct tango rhythm, body energies and movements, in all its complexity. Why tango is like it is? Did someone invented it? No. They have discovered it. It is a natural way of movement of a well developed body. Discover it in yourself.

Igor. More tango articles.. Our club is named after Zina Vladimirsky, one of the founders.

Something to help you understand Argentine Tango
- Tango is danced in closed position. We call it open. What we call close position I'll show you at the coming workshop;
- There are many styles of tango: fast and slow, small and large. Tango comprises of three dances: Tango, Milonga, and Vals: the same figures danced to different rhythms. One can dance argentine tango to any other music except ballroom tango.
- Tango is danced mostly to music of 1920-1940s. It is a complex beautiful rhythmic music often without a clear beat.
- Tango is danced everywhere in the world.
- The most important is to feel the partner while leading and following. This skill is brought to the utmost height. Tango dancers are valued by their ability to lead and follow. Because of that competitions in tango are rare and do not have much sense. Every millimeter of any movement can be lead.
- Tango dancers must dance to the music.
- It is a traveling dance: dancers dance walking around the floor.

Tango Classes in Palo Alto, Hayward, Fremont, San Leandro, Castro Valley by Igor
Depression relief and Stress management healing

Tango in San Francisco Bay Area | Palo Alto JCC website |
The blog of previous practica and lesson messages | Some helpful resources ( shoes )

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Tango Salon
Photo Diane Pedersen, Dress Linda Ayre

Our goal

Create a friendly environment where people can have good time relaxing, listening to music, meeting friends, getting some easy physical and emotional exercise, try on beautiful dress, relieve stress and enjoy everything else Argentinean Tango gives. For those who are getting more into dance - establishing the strong basis of tango dancing and promote the way this 100-years old dance is danced.

We teach only advanced tango from the very first lesson.

Our Argentine Tango studio has started in 2007. Argentine tango dancing is a wonderful way of creating social relationships, relaxation, easy physical exercise, enjoyment of wonderful music and pleasant movements, improvement of well being, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual abilities. Tango is suitable for all ages. You can find more about it here: www.virtuar.com/tango/

Аргентинское танго это прекрасный способ подружиться, отдохнуть, немножко потренироваться, насладиться музыкой и приятными движениями, улучшить свою жизнь, социальные, физические, эмоциональные и духовные способности. Танго подходит для любого возраста.

Host and Teacher - Igor Polk, (510) 582-8711, ipolk@virtuar.com - Hayward
Assistants - Cecilia, Teressa - San Francisco
Organization - Boris Vladimirsky, borisvl@hotmail.com
- Palo Alto
San Jose, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, San Mateo, Cupertino, Milpitas, Fremont areas are covered.


Our guests

Luis Bianchi & Daniela Pucci
Luis Bianchi y Daniela Pucci
Robert Hauk
Robert Hauk
Ernest Williams
Ernest Williams and Marisela
Jorge Nel y Milena
Jorge Nel y Milena

Igor and Teressa: Tango Milonguero Tango Canyengue  
Ruben "Milonga" 2006; Ruben Milonga 2007; Jorge Torres Ney Melo
Ruben Milonga and Teressa Jorge Torres and Teressa Ney Melo and Jennifer Bratt



Andres Amarilla & Meredith Klein
Andres and Meredith

Brigitta Winkler

Alison Hurwitz

Dance Theory Book   Igor Polk and Cecilia Sung  
How do I teach?
Here is what advanced students asked me to put here:
-I teach the technique of tango that will get you to feel movement and not steps.
-We will explore how to dance from the inside out.
-We will explore what it means to dance....the movement before a movement is where dance begins and lives after the movement.
-My classes are designed to give my students the understanding that tango technique comes from the body posture to generate movement.
-Steps comes easily and not from forcing memory
-There is more to dancing than steps.
-Ganchos, planeos and all the "wow steps", the anatomy of these movements

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