PointeTango Dance company (Alex and Erin) hope everyone had a safe and happy summer!
Last spring we had a great experience performing at the Grand Theatre and teaching master classes and groups in London, Ontario. We met so many great people with a passion for dance that we have decided to return and present several unique projects planned for this autumn.
We have spent all summer touring Canada and have performed over 35 shows in five different cities.
We will be offering a unique opportunity for the London tango community to learn and participate in an authentic taste of Buenos Aires. This Autumn (September 15-November 25, 2018) we will be presenting our fully immersive Foundation Scales ten week course and our exciting new ten week course covering the Tango Vals Scales.
New Argentine tango intensive this Autumn!
PointeTango Presents two ten week courses:
Foundation Scales and Tango Vals Scales
In these simple and easy to understand scales, students will be introduced to all the essential movements required to understand and improvise Argentine tango. For beginner and advanced dancers, students will learn the proper biomechanics and posture to dance; ochos, paradas, rebotes, and walking movements in all directions. We will focus on the art of initiating a clear lead and how followers can react to specific invitations. Unique to Argentine to tango is the Abrazo or embrace. In these foundation scales, we will analyze the posture and energy required to create an elastic, breathing embrace that can be adapted for each couple regardless of height or experience. These scales contain all the elements that every dancer should practice and maintain to be able to dance Argentine tango with spontaneity and grace.
Tango Vals Scales:
In these exciting scales, dancers will practice and learn to understand the joys and musicality of tango vals. Often written is 3/4 time, tango vals has a dreamy, uplifting feeling that can be danced with many easy to learn musical variations. The tango vals scales consist of a ‘best of’ curriculum of movements taken from the other tango and milonga scales and given new life and feeling with the vals rhythm. Learn to identify the beat and improve your musicality as you discover the swirling joy of improvising tango vals!
- Victoria Fringe Festival, August 25, 2018. Review by Melanie-Tromp Hoover
FRINGE review: “Para Dos” (Venue 3: Metro Studio)
* * * * * (five stars out of five)
It’s a rare joy to see this caliber of contemporary dance for a mere $11.
Carnal, stylish and a bit cheeky, Para Dos from PointeTango transports you to a starry-eyed Buenos Aires with its hypnotic blend of classical ballet, Argentine tango and contemporary movement.
Dancers Erin Scott-Kafadar and Alexander Richardson bring each new piece of music and poetry to exquisite life with their precise footwork and palpable chemistry. A mix of partnered and solo work, Richardson’s choreography is a joy to behold, pulling classic steps into surprising combinations (plus a few dazzling lifts that fully warranted the cheers and whistles from Friday night’s audience).
Para Dos’ intensity ebbs and flows along its musical heartbeat, swirling up with Sexeto Mayór’s Tanguera in the first few bars and again for a flirty scene between two strangers backed by Astor Piazzolla’s Escualo.
At one point Richardson pays homage to Glenn Gould on piano while Scott-Kafadar glides across the stage in a wave of red satin—and this is just one of about 100 highlights in a quick 45-minute show. Gorgeous costume design, pitch-perfect lighting and the fact that Scott-Kafadar dances most of the show ON POINTE bring visual depth to an already spectacular show.
If you’re a fan of dance you can’t miss this one—and if you’re not yet a fan of dance, you will be after the first number. —MTH