SYTYCD choreographers Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo teach tonight

Anyone can dance although not everyone can dance tango, but only a few can dance with tyle and Argentine tango choreographers Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo have a dramatic style that is filled with staccato moves and dramatic pauses. Yesterday, they taught fast moves and interpretation to different orchestras. Tonight in Downey, they will be teaching smooth and sharp moves and the apilado style.

The separate leader and follower classes are like tango yoga. You learn exercises and poses to help you gain muscle memory. For such little movement, there’s a lot of sweat involved. This is essentially a master class in Argentine tango style.

The apilado style can also be called milonguero, almagro, cafe or confiteria. What it eams is literally piled up. That’s the strong tango lean and the very reason why followers, usually women wear such high heels. The heels force the lean and that could lead to slumping, but Larici and Barrionuevo focus on keeping your posture with a strong core and shoulders down and back.

In this style, the embrace must be close, the follower’s right cheek is against the leader’s right cheek–or if you’re short like me, the right side of your head is leaned against his cheek. To maintain the embrace, the steps must be small and the knees must be slightly flexed. This kind of embrace naturally leads to the volcada.

The lessons are every Monday and Tuesday of October at the Elks Club in Downey (11233 Woodruff Ave, Downey). Don’t miss your chance because it’s hard to say how long this couple will be teaching weekly lessons since they often travel internationally to perform and teach.  Tonight’s schedule is: Separate followers and leaders style classes 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.; intermediate class on apilado style from 9:05 to 10:30 p.m. Each class is $18.

About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, Examiner.com and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and RogerEbert.com. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

Posted on October 16, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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