Beginners Classes – Mondays
Absolute Beginners classes are on Mondays: the doors open at 7.15pm for enrolment, and the Class starts at 7.30 and ends at 9.30pm. You do not have to have a partner, you are very welcome to come on your own.
It is preferred that you take your first classes on four consecutive Mondays so that you do not forget any of the steps, but if necessary they can be spread out over a longer period. Once you have mastered the basics you can move onto our mixed class on Tuesdays, where you can develop your technique and learn more advanced steps.
Please wear comfortable clothing you can dance in, and most importantly: shoes that do not have rubber or synthetic soles – or you will stick to the dance floor. So come with leather soled shoes, and women will need high heels as well. If you are wearing rubber or synthetic soled shoes please remove them and dance without them: our floor is spotlessly clean.
Class: 7:30 – 9:30pm – Fee: £10
Mixed Class – Tuesdays
We hold a mixed class for students from advanced beginners to intermediates on Tuesday nights. This is a chance to develop your skills and learn new steps once you have mastered the basics. You do not need a partner.
Class: 7.30pm – 9.30pm – Fee: £10
Beginners and Advanced Beginners Class Schedule
La postura y el abrazo – (The posture & the embrace)
Equilibrio del cuerpo y eje – (Body balance & axis)
Salida basica y variaciones – (The basic salida & variations)
Salida cruzada – (The crossed salida)
Otras salidas – (Salida con traspie. La Americana, Salida con dos pasos)
Caminar, los Caminos – (Walking, the Walks)
Caminar adentro, Afuera, La Derecha – (Walking in line, outside left side partner, right side partner)
Ochos adelante y ochos atras – (Forward & backward ochos)
Boleos y Saludos
Ganchos y Enganches – (Hooks & upwards hooks)
Paradas y Pasadas – (Stops & passing overstep)
El Sanguchito – (The Sandwich)
La Cunita – (The Cradle)
Cambio de frente – (Change of direction)
La Cuarenta – (Salida of the Fourties or reverse salida)
Cadencia – (The cadence)
Intermediate And Advanced Schedule:
Giros, Giro basico – (the turns, the basic turn)
Giro a la izquierda, Giro a la derecha – (Left & right hand turns)
La media luna – (The half moon)
Recule en cinco – (Reversal on the 5th)
La caida sobre mujer – (The fall over the woman)
Sacadas – (Foot displacements, various types)
Sacada de la pierna – (Leg displacement)
Barridas / Arrastres – (Leg dragging)
Sanguchito con arrastres – (Sandwich with dragging feet)
Giro con gancho, Giro con doble gancho – (Turn with single or double hook)
Calecita introduction, Parada con Calecita – (Stop with pirouette)
El Carousel – (Turn to left with continuous sacadas)
El espejo paso – (The mirror step)
El espejo con giro y gancho – (The mirror step with turn & hook)
Ocho atras con empujaditas – (Backward ochos with leg attacks)
Points – Planeos & Blocks
Giro a la derecha con barridas y ganchos
Ochos adelante y sacadas de ambos
Medio Giro con arrastre, planeo y boleo
La Llevada – (The lifting of the leg)
Sanguche con gancho – (Sandwich with hook)
Rulo con sacada
La Sentada (The sitting)
Ocho cortado – (The cut ocho)
Man’s back sacada
Adornos – (Embellishments)
La Cadena – (The chain)
Man’s planeo y barrida
Las Estrellas classes: Beginners Mondays 7:30 – 9:30pm, and advanced beginners / intermediate students Tuesdays 7:30 – 9:30pm. Classes are £10, you do not need a partner, details above
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Due to ongoing illness Takis is not teaching any new private students at this time. If you have had classes with him before please call Simon to discuss your booking.
Please note that we require the first class you book with us to be paid in full in advance, and that we can only give full refunds for missed classes if we get at least 48 hours notice of cancellation, otherwise a cancellation fee of 50% of the class fee will be charged.
To book please call us on 020 7221 5038 or email us: email@example.com
|Day||Evenings: 7.30 -10:00 pm|
|Monday||Beginners Class from 7:30 – 9.30pm|
|Tuesday||Mixed class from 7:30 – 9:30pm|
|Wednesday||Private Classes from 7:30 – 8:30pm and 8:30 – 9:30pm|
|Thursday||Private Classes from 7:30 – 8:30pm and 8:30 – 9:30pm|
|Friday||Private Classes from 7:30 – 8:30pm and 8:30 – 9:30pm|
|Saturday||Private classes from 7:00 – 8:00; 8:00 – 9:00 and 9:00 – 10:00pm|
Las Estrellas is at 2-3 Inverness Mews in Bayswater, just off Queensway (map). The nearest underground stations are Bayswater (District and Circle line), and Queensway (Central line). On weekends please check that the Tube lines are running.
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Takis has taught at Las Estrellas, London’s longest established Tango Club, since 1993 and has been dancing Tango for most of his life. He founded the Academia Nacional del Tango (UK), and organised the six London International Tango Festivals (1999 – 2011). He brought over the world’s most famous Argentine Tango dancers and teachers from Buenos Aires to give workshops and performances. Leading names to have appeared at the Festival and Las Estrellas including Gloria y Eduardo, Carlos Gavito and Maria Plazaola, Gustavo Naviera and Giselle Anne, Mora Godoy, Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo, Claudia Codega and Esteban Moreno, Osvaldo Zotto, Lorena Ermocida, Gisele Avanzi, Carlos and Maria Rivarola, Junior Cervila, Natalia Games and Gabriel Angio, Gustavo Rosas and Gisela Natoli and many others. Top orchestras El Arranque, Sexteto Canyengue, El Despues, Silencio and others have also appeared.
Takis has made many national and international television appearances over the years, giving demonstrations of Tango. He has performed for Channel 5 (2003), London Television (2004), at the London Salsa Championships (2002), the Jivetime Festival at Pontins in Camber Sands (2005), as well as at venues such as The Dorchester (2003), The Hilton (2004), The Sheraton (2005) and Claridges (2005), the 5th London International Tango Festival (2009), accompanied by his then partner Jane Solomon, and at the 6th London International Tango Festival at the Porchester Hall in 2011.
For more information call 020 7221 5038 in office hours or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org