Friday, Saturday, Sunday
February 5, 6, & 7, 2016
|Winter has declared that we will not be hosting Karen Jaffe this weekend, January 22 - 24. Instead, she will be joining us the first weekend of February, bringing her warm and wonderful teaching back to Christiansburg.
We are excited to be welcoming Karen Jaffe, tangogypsies.com, back to Sapphire! This weekend will offer you more of the skills you need to get you out on the floor and enjoy this wonderful social dance. We have a weekend full of workshops, a practilonga and private lessons. Reserve your spot today!
Friday, Feb 5, 7-9pm,
Focus on Fundamentals
Building and strengthening your foundation in Tango is like building a solid and level foundation for your home. Everything you put on top of it will be that much better with a dependable and consistent base! This workshop will include these fundamantal concepts:
- Developing technique for better balance
- Refining the walk
- Improving connection and communication with your partner
- Co-creating more dynamic movement
- Making a more inviting and comfortable embrace, while still being effective in sending and receiving information.
- Exploring musical elements to keep your dance fresh and interesting.
Saturday, Sat 6, 1-4:30pm,
Next Steps in Tango: Ochos!
Ochos, and more ochos! While focusing on technique, comfort, and efficiency, let's have some fun exploring the dynamic connection and overall beauty of both front and back ochos. This workshop will start at a fundamental level with technique and exercises to both fine tune more experienced dancers and build a foundation for newer dancers. We will then progress quickly, based on the needs and desires of the group, adding more varitations and possibilities for ochos involving close and open embraces, tools for navigation, and musical variations to include in your social dancing.
Sunday Afternoon, Feb 7, 2-5pm,
With Pre-Dance Lesson on Musicallity
Discover and play with the rhythm and feeling of the romantic Vals: one member of the family of Argentine Tango music that is danced at the Milonga. This lesson will show you how to adapt movements from your current vocabulary to Vals rhythm, adding to your repertoire and giving you another dance to enjoy.
The practilonga is a relatively new social dancing event that combines the relaxed etiquette of a practica with many of the same elements you will find at a more formal milonga. Everyone is welcome to attend - workshop participants and the folks who couldn't make it for the workshops as well.
In addition to providing the pre-dance lesson, Karen Jaffe will also DJ mostly traditional golden age music. She will be available to offer feedback, answer your questions about class material and other topics.
Saturday, Feb 6, 10am, 11am, 5pm, AND
Sunday, Feb 7, 10am, 11am, 12pm,
Karen will be available for private lessons Saturday and before the Practilonga on Sunday. These sell out fast - book yours now!
sign up for the whole weekend before the end of October to get an extra 15% off the price!
Friday, Path to Tango, 2hrs - $28 per person
Saturday, Next Steps to Tango: Ochos, 3.5hrs - $48 per person
Sunday Practilonga - $15 per person - everyone welcome!
Or get the whole weekend for $76!
(Not including Private Lessons)
Private lessons are $85 for 50min. If you would like to organize a group private lesson, contact us for pricing.
Karen Jaffe, Bio
Karen has been dancing and studying Argentine Tango since 1997. She began teaching classes in Asheville, NC in 2003. Committed to sharing this beautiful social, she has taught Tuesday fundamentals class consistently since 2006, as well as weekend Intro courses and higher level workshops. She enjoys working with a variety of partners, striving to bring new ideas and creativity to the dance itself, as well as to teach in a way that makes the dance accessible and enjoyable to all who are interested.
Her reputation in both the SE region and wider Argentine Tango community is that of a skilled and engaging partner with well-refined technique. Karen continues her own "tango journey", traveling to Buenos Aires 2 months of each year to enjoy the process of refining her own dance and teaching, with intensive practices, private and group classes and enjoying the experience of her many years hard work, dancing in the milongas in Buenos Aires.