Special Winter Term with
Juan Manuel Acosta & Majo Caballero
in Cambridge, by Tangueando

We were very happy to have again with us our first tango teacher, talented dancer and dear friend Juan Manuel Acosta.

In his seventh visit in Cambridge, Juan Manuel together with his partner Majo Caballero, as resident teachers will teach a number of courses aimed at improving both the aesthetic and technical parts of the dance as well as giving us an insight into the research, practice and experimentation that leads to clean, flowing movement.

Have a look at their biographies below

Continuing on his workshops in the previous years and our work at the classes, Juan Manuel together with Majo will run a number of intensive courses designed to help us progress our understanding of Tango dance and its technique. Their excellent fluid movements, the result of decades of hard work, will inspire us once again.

Visit our events of Tango in Cambridge page for more info on our Argentine Tango school and forthcoming events.

Juan Manuel Acosta & Majo Caballero - November/December 2018

Juan Manuel Acosta started learning tango at the age of 16 in Buenos Aires with local milongueros and renowned teachers such as Elvira Virulazo, Gloria y Eduardo, Chicho Frumboli and Los Angio amongst others. At the age of 18 he joined the «Escuela de Tango Rodolfo Dinzel» for another four years.

By the age of 20 he entered the Tango dance company of Hector Mayoral and Elsa Maria in Buenos Aires and also performed at concerts with the «Orquesta del Tango de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires» directed by Raúl Garello. He complemented his tango dance training with courses in contemporary, jazz, ballet and other modern styles in Buenos Aires and London.

While in the UK, Juan Manuel performed in shows by local UK tango dance groups as well as renowned enterprises such as the opera "La Boheme" at the Royal Albert Hall. He also taught tango all around the UK and quickly became well known and sought-after both for his technical skills and for his effective teaching approach.

He worked for the internationally acclaimed dance companies «Tango x2» (Miguel Angel Zotto), «Tango Pasión» (Hector Zaraspe) and «TangoKinesis» (Ana María Stekelman and Alfredo Arias) with which he performed all over the world. Juan Manuel has also accompanied «Sexteto Fabio Hager». After he returned to Buenos Aires he worked at some of the best known “Casas de Tango” like Taconeando, Señor Tango, Esquina Carlos Gardel and Tango Porteño.

 Juan Manuel is regularly visiting the UK to teach and perform.

Majo Caballero began her training as a ballet dancer at the age of 10. She studied at the Higher Institute of Arts of the Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires training with renowned ballet teachers such as Olga Ferri, Enrique Lommi, she also studied contemporary dance with Carlos Trunsky, Miguel Elias, Jazz Margarita Fernandez and Spanish and Russian dances with Maestro Jose Zartman.

During her adolescence she performed as a backup dancer for the Teatro Colon ballet, sharing the stage with dancers such as Julio Bocca, Eleonora Cassano, Maximiliano Guerra.

Tango entered into her life and she began her training with teachers like Jorge Raul Bravo, Daniel Juarez, Alejandra Armenti, Los Angio, Ernesto Balmaceda, Juan Paulo Hovart, Mario Morales, among others.

Her first experience as a professional dancer was at the casa de tango Mr. Tango; afterwards she worked in other important shows in Catulo Tango, Piazzolla Tango and currently at Esquina Carlos Gardel.

Majo was assistant in some of the seminars given by teachers such as Carlitos Cejas, Julio Balmaceda, Fernando Gracia and Sol Cerquides.

She was invited as a judge at the Word Championships in Colombia where she also gave seminars for professional dancers.

Majo was part of tango companies like: «Bien de Tango», «Pasión de Tango», «Taco Punta and Traspié».

She teaches technique for ballet and tango at the Queen Reech Dance School, that specialises in the career of interpreter, teacher and choreographic staging In 2017 she worked for Stravaganza Tango, a tango production that took place in one of the most important theatres on the renowned Corrientes street, in Buenos Aires. In the same year she toured in Europe with the Esquina Carlos Gardel company.

She collaborated and developed a work of research with the choreographer Julio Zurita in one of his choreographies.

In 2017 she also participated at the Tango World Championship that takes place in Buenos Aires annually, and she was a finalist in Tango Escenario.

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Courses

Juan Manuel and Majo will run courses on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays:

• Tuesdays: SPECIAL COURSE: Technique of elements for Tango, Milonga, Vals + Tools for Milonga and Vals.

• Fridays: BEGINNERS - Tango

• Fridays: IMPROVERS - Tango

• Sundays: ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS - Tango

 

Together with his stage career and his research into movement as a stage and contemporary dancer, Juan Manuel's teaching is focused on Tango salon and how tango is danced in its social, cultural and popular expression.

SUNDAYS (18 November – 9 December)
@ Ross Street Community Centre
[STARTING: FRIDAY 16 November
@ St. Augustine's (Richmond Road)]
Tango
5:30 - 7:00pm

FIRST CLASS:
7:00 - 8:30pm
Tango for ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS:
Preparatory exercises for warming up, walking technique and Pivots.
The following subjects will be taught in the course:
  • Recognising the Music
  • Recognition and awareness of the axis and transfer of the weight
  • Coordination in Couple
  • Basic disassociation
  • Interpreting the invitation/lead
  • Basic sequences for Tango Salon
  • Moving in the dancefloor to dance socially in the milonga
Absolute beginners
TUESDAYS (13 November – 11 December)
@ Brown's Field Youth & Community Centre (Green End Road)
Tango
Milonga
Vals
8:00 - 9:30pm
SPECIAL COURSE: «Technique of elements for Tango, Milonga, Vals + Tools for Milonga and Vals.»
All levels
FRIDAYS (16 November – 14 December)
@ St. Augustine's (Richmond Road)
Tango
7:00 - 8:30pm
Tango for BEGINNERS:
Preparatory exercises for warming up, walking technique and Pivots.
The following subjects will be taught in the course:
  • Sequences in both directions using the space generated from the disassociation. Awareness of the torso
  • Sequences in closed embrace with disassociation. Focus and awareness of the space in the lower part of the body
  • Moving around the dancefloor with simple sequences
  • Circular sacadas and ocho cortados
  • Continuation of the "ocho cortado" in both directions and "contra giro"
Beginners
Tango
9:00 - 10:30pm
Tango for IMPROVERS:
Preparatory exercises for warming up, Walking technique and Pivots, disassociation by applying ochos in different directions.
The following subjects will be taught in the course:
  • "Giros" and "Contra giros"
  • Low sacadas
  • Changes of directions
  • Change of dynamics in the space
  • Complex sequences moving across the dancefloor
Improvers
> 1 year 
 

Juan Manuel Acosta & Majo Caballero
Tango: «Esta noche de luna» by Osvaldo pugliese (canta: Jorge Maciel) [1955]

Details

Course £90 (5 classes 1½ hour each)

Drop-in price £20

IMPORTANT NOTE:: All courses are stand-alone. No catch up for this term.

 

Venues

Venue for the Friday courses:

The Beginners and Improvers courses on Fridays will take place at our usual Friday teaching space (the same venue as Milonga Pasional - "Magenta" site):

St. Augustine's church, 101 Richmond Road, Cambridge, CB4 3PS

 

Venue for the Tuesday course:

The Tuesday SPECIAL course on Tuesdays will take place at our usual Tuesday teaching space (Brown's Field - "Red" site):

Brown's Field Youth & Community Centre, 31a Green End Road, Cambridge, CB4 1RU

 

Venue for the Sunday course:

The Absolute Beginners course on Sundays will take place at our usual Sunday teaching space, at the Ross Street Community Centre ("cyan" site):

75 Ross Street, Cambridge, CB1 3UZ

 
Juan Manuel Acosta & Majo Caballero - November/December 2018