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Tango Figures Terminology

posted Aug 20, 2017, 8:03 AM by Malevos Tango   [ updated Aug 20, 2017, 8:03 AM ]

The True Maestros

posted Jun 8, 2017, 1:47 AM by Malevos Tango   [ updated Aug 14, 2017, 10:41 PM ]

In love with tango, we are all tango students in our whole life, learn the tango endlessly. Therefore, how to choose a teacher or how to follow the teacher has become an important issue. I think, dancing well is just the most basic thing to a tango professor. One should be a good dancer first before he or she starts to teach. If one teacher is not able to dance like what they say, how do students learn? It's like a language teacher can't pronounce well... If I need to imagine how to do the movement, it might be better and easier that just watch some videos of good dancers to cultivate a good taste of tango. 

A good teacher dances well that people want to watch and watch it again, and again. He/she dance and perform with those techniques that they show you in the classes. A good tango teacher should be strict in a class, they do not please the students for business but has no hesitated to be applause while the students doing well. Good teachers should have systematic teaching, starting from the most fundamentals, cultivating and developing students' physical abilities, and gradually guiding and allowing students to have the greatest freedom students within the Tango framework. The framework could be like: when dance to "Di Sarli", the dance fit to "Di Sarli". Not whatever they know, nor what fancy steps for showing off.

The greatest dancers stand as the greatest dancers, walk as the greatest dancers from the first second the music playing. At the moment, you know they who not just great dancers but the true maestros can help to build your tango up much higher and much farther.
Good teachers should help students build the "sense of aesthetic".

Not everyone can distinguish the differences between "good" and "ordinary" if lacking experience or good observations; no mention those part of the inner charm, which can't be quantified. Thus, in the beginning of learning dance, it may not be necessary that one person just tries to copy or follow the steps or sequences of choreographies but to accumulate the sense of beauty.

With the instructor's guide in class, understand how to appreciate the beauty of the action and principles, establish a good foundation for the long term tango study career.

One might not become a great dancer or performer coz the personal physical restrictions, but it is possible that keep improving via the sense of aesthetic built up during the early stage of learning. Check the yesterday's yourself, today's, and tomorrow keep adjust, evolute, and re-evolute, even beyond the critical point of your own body limit which you thought it exists.

Then, you would never dance in any ugly way but dance in your own way nicely (instead of just the teacher’s way). And people see, dance with you and tell you, "Hey, I like "your" dance." -- That is what a good teacher shall lead you to; that shall be how you choose a teacher.

Special Schedule for holiday season Dec 2016

posted Dec 7, 2016, 12:13 AM by Malevos Tango

The festive season is approaching! We have a few announcements to make regarding arrangement of classes and activities this month:

11th Dec (Sun): Practica venue changed to Malevos Studio. 3-4pm class as usual and Práctica from 4-6pm. Welcome to bring newcomers and we will give an introduction to tango to them.

19th Dec (Mon): Special class for ladies 8-9:15pm. Our ladies technique class has been running for a year already. This class will be a big conclusion for review and for answering all ladies related questions and doubts you still may have.

21st Dec (Wed): Advanced class cancelled for winter solstice.

22nd Dec (Thu): Winter Solstice all levels class 8-9:15pm. We will celebrate winter solstice by having Felipe's special 黑糖薑母茶湯圓 together after the class!

25th Dec (Sun): Malevos X'mas Party 4-7pm at Malevos Studio. Dance, eat, drink, X'mas present swapping! All that jazz!!

26th Dec (Mon): Ladies technique class cancelled.

1st Jan (Sun): Open class cancelled.

Happy holidays

24-28 Nov Javier Rodriguez Workshop

posted Nov 9, 2016, 10:39 PM by Malevos Tango   [ updated Nov 9, 2016, 10:46 PM ]

Javier has always been a dear friend, mentor and master. It is a pleasure to bring him to Hong Kong every year and to introduce him to those who do not know him yet. We look forward to a great week of pure tango in November!

Registration for Javier Rodriguez 2016 Hong Kong Workshop (24-28 November, 2016)  has already started!

2 Nov 2016 "Tango Apasionado" Concert

posted Nov 9, 2016, 10:38 PM by Malevos Tango   [ updated Nov 9, 2016, 10:47 PM ]

We will be performing on stage with award winning bandoneonist, Mark Wu Yung Lung from Taiwan, together with other distinguished musicians from Asia in a concert of traditional and contemporary tangos on 2 November, 2016 at Sheung Wan Civic Centre. Tickets are available now through Urbtix

4-11 Oct, 2016 Moscow Tango Congras

posted Nov 9, 2016, 10:36 PM by Malevos Tango   [ updated Dec 4, 2016, 7:40 AM ]

  • All regular classes cancelled during 4 -11 October, 2016 as we will be in Moscow performing at the 2nd Russian Tango Congress. 


posted Aug 16, 2016, 6:22 PM by Malevos Tango

Entre guapos de acción, copaste la cabán.
Te sobra corazón: sos un orre pur-sang.
Perdoná el berretín, hermano... ¡Qué querés!
Me ha dado el ventolín de batir que valés...

Lo tengo que decir: muñeca pa tallar
y labia pa engrupir nunca te va a faltar,
porque sos el mejor reo de la ciudad,
canchero, arrastrador... ¡Te sobra autoridad!

Letra del tango: El Malevo

En toda la cultura del tango están presentes los malevos.

Es común en todo souvenir de Buenos Aires encontrar múltiples objetos de todo tipo, con la cara de Carlos Gardel o de algún malevo, generalmente bailando un tango o apoyado en un farolito.

Los malevos están presentes en las poesías de muchos tangos. Y muchos escritores, artistas, filósofos, pensadores, médicos y sociólogos han incursionado en el vivir y sentir de los malevos.

Pero, ¿qué eran exactamente los malevos?

Definir a los malevos es un tanto impreciso, porque su estilo de vida, su sentir, sus costumbres y códigos son compartidos por muchos otros tipos de personajes de la época.

¿Qué tienen en común y diferente, los malevos, los compadritos, los guapos, el calavera, el cafishio, etc, etc.?

Si nos limitamos a la definición de la palabra malevo, encontraremos algo así como: "Maleante, matón, gente de mal vivir de los arrabales". 

Los malevos eran básicamente contratados como matones y guardaespaldas por políticos y prostíbulos. Eran gente recia, dura, viril. 

La mayoría se sustentaba de la “vida fácil” y era normal tener problemas con la policía, estar prontuariados y llevar cuentas pendientes.

Los malevos, como el tango y muchos arquetipos y costumbres nacieron y se hicieron a la par y al ritmo vigoroso, febril y muchas veces prepotente de la nueva urbe.

Los malevos nacieron de lo peor que esta nueva urbe proponía, pero al igual que una flor de fango esparcieron, por sí misma, como un perfume, una herencia sentimental y cultural que hizo al carácter porteño.

Con la pinta medio shiome que deschava al arrabal.

La presencia de los malevos imponía un gran respeto. Su forma de vestir era un símbolo de identidad, se identificaba a un malevo por como vestía. También por su actitud, su pose, su postura y su expresividad.

Su rostro era casi inexpresivo. De pocas palabras. Todo lo decían con la mirada, que tenían un brillo tan afilado como el cuchillo que llevaban debajo de la axila.

Eran temidos como admirados por sus hazañas.

Generalmente se les conocía por un apodo, que graficaba muy bien su personalidad o su apariencia; “el Chino”, “el Loco”, “el Pardo”, “el Negro”, “el Nene”, "el Pesado”, etc., apodo que era muy respetado incluso en su ausencia.

Los malevos le daban mucha importancia al cuidado de su apariencia física. Su aspecto era impoluto, aúnque generalmente sencillo.

El cabello era más bien una melena que tensaban con gomina hasta la nuca.

Generalmente tenían un vestir típico que consistía en: el Funyi, sombrero característico de color gris o sombrero de ala ancha. Pañuelo blanco hacia afuera, conocido como Lengue. Saco (o chaqueta) entallada, de solapa anchas y pañuelo a tono.

Pantalón de fantasía, que se iba angostando hasta cubrir los tobillos, generalmente a cuadros o con un ribete lateral.

Y finalmente los zapatos o botas con taco militar, perfectamente lustrados y a veces, generalmente en invierno, acompañados por las polainas.

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FREE Argentine Tango Workshop for Beginners (Aug 14)

posted Aug 8, 2016, 4:26 AM by Malevos Tango

Thank you very much for your participation at the "MOViE MOViE Life is Art" x Malevos Tango Free Argentine Tango Workshop for Beginners at PMQ last Sunday (Aug 7). We hope you enjoyed the class! Here is the final photo we took after the workshop!

If you happen to have missed the workshop but are still interested in learning Argentine Tango, we are holding another FREE workshop for Beginners this coming Sunday with details as follows:

Date: August 14, 2016 (Sunday)
Time: 4-5pm
Venue: Dance Culture Studio, 20/F Richmond Plaza, 496 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, HK.
Fee: Free of charge for first timers

Again, no partner or previous dance experience is required.

Spaces are limited. Please R.S.V.P. through the link below:

MOViE MOViE 'Life is Art' Festival 2016

posted Jul 29, 2016, 10:58 AM by Malevos Tango   [ updated May 11, 2017, 9:53 AM ]

MOViE MOViE x Malevos Tango School presents:
Free Argentine Tango Workshop for Beginners and Live Performances

Malevos Tango has been invited by MOViE MOViE to participate in their "Life is Art" Movie Festival 2016 with the screening of the Argentine movie "Our Last Tango", which celebrates one the of greatest tango couples of all time, Maria Nieves and Juan Carlos Copes. We will be giving a live pre-show tango performance at Broadway Cinematique in September, as well as a Free Tango Workshop for beginners at the "Life is Art" Pop-up Mini Fest at PMQ in August. 

"Our Last Tango" Movie screening and Live pre-show Argentine Tango performance  

Date: 7 September, 2016 (Wed)
Time: Movie starts at 9:50pm; pre-show performance 10 minutes before start of movie
Venue: Broadway Cinematique, 3 Public Square, Yau Ma Tei

The most celebrated tango couple of all time, María Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes met in Argentina in their teens and danced together for nearly 50 years. Romantically involved repeatedly over the decades, their relationship ended in hatred and betrayal. But now, in the twilight of their lives, Juan and Maria have agreed to open up about their lives together and relive their tempestuous union. Executive produced by Wim Wenders, and reminiscent of his remarkable Pina in the beautiful staging of its dance numbers, Our Last Tango overflows with emotion and sensuality as it explores perhaps the most passionate dance of all, and the dedicated performers who bring it to life at the expense of everything else.
(85 minutes / movie in Spanish with Chinese/English subtitles)

Director: German Kral

Cast: María Nieves Rego, Juan Carlos Copes


Free Argentine Tango Workshop for Beginners & Flash Performance

MOViE MOViE x PMQ “LIFE IS ART” Mini Fest 2016 invites you to dance!

We will be giving a free workshop for people completely new to the dance at the "Life is Art" Pop-up Mini Fest. Participants will be taught the basics of the elegant, yet energetic traditional Argentine Tango. No partner or previous dance experience required. Limited Availability.

Date: 7 Aug 2016 (Sun)
Workshop Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: Qube, 2/F PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, HK
Fee: Free admission

There will be a flash performance by these two tango artists before the workshop. 
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Marketplace, G/F
Fee: Free admission


Etiquette for Grand Milongas with visiting Maestros

posted May 16, 2016, 2:59 AM by Malevos Tango   [ updated May 16, 2016, 2:59 AM ]

We are lucky to have so many maestros visiting Hong Kong this year. As we look forward to the grand milongas and the wonderful performances we are going to have the pleasure of watching in the next few months, here are just some kind reminders to take note of regarding some common gestures and etiquette when we have special guests present in our milongas. 

- Greet the maestros, whether or not you are their students. To avoid the entrance of the Milonga being too crowded, unless you are already standing close to the entrance, it is best to greet them with a kiss on the cheek and a warm 'Hola!' when they have settled down at their table to show your respect and also make them feel at home.
- During the performance, please don't take videos, instead, enjoy the live performance with your eyes. Please also do not use flash photography or use cameras with noisy shutters as they may be quite disturbing to the performers and the audience. 

- Don't be afraid to clap or make noises during the performance. Contrary to classical concerts, it is not necessary to keep quiet during a tango performance. Be engaged. The dancers will feel and feed off of your positive energy and put in even more to the dance. 

- A normal set of performance consists of 3 dances plus an encore. After the 3rd dance, the host may come out to present flowers to the maestros and also to take photographs. Afterwards, if you would like to see more, it is time to shout 'Encore' or 'Otra'. 

- After the performance, it is common courtesy to congratulate the performers, again, whether or not you are their students. Come to the maestros' table and give them a big hug and say 'felicitaciones' to them. If you liked their performance, let them know and show your appreciation! 😊

All in all, don't be too shy to approach any visiting maestro. Unlike in Chinese culture where we tend to keep distance to authoritative figures to show respect, Argentineans are used to having people approach them with affection, the lack of which may even make them feel disrespected. So, come to meet the maestros and make them feel welcomed and appreciated!!

Useful Spanish phrases: 
Hola - Hello 
Bienvenidos - Welcome 
Mucho gusto - nice to meet you 
Mucha mierda - good luck 
Bravo! - Great! 
Esa! - Great!(directed to the female dancer) 
Eso! - Great!(directed to the male dancer) 
Otra! - Another! 
Felicitaciones! - congratulations! 
Muchas Gracias! - thank you very much! 
Que lindo! - How nice! 
Me gusta mucho - I like it very much

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