Argentine Tango: A Contemporary Walking Meditation
with Tomas Howlin
February 21 / 6:30 PM - February 21 / 8:00 PM
Our first experience of form is our own body. Discovering how awareness starts there changes our relationship with our surroundings in a drastic way. You can apply this experience in a practical and immediate way within yourself and with others.
In this class you will increase your listening skills and learn how to physically and bodily express your intention. Developing these skills can help you more accurately understand and interact in the leading and following roles that arise in daily activities and exchanges. Awareness, connection, and creative expression can be part of our daily life, and so enrich our ability to be present.
In this class you will:
- Learn the historical origins of Argentine Tango as popular culture - created by and accessible to all.
- Learn a method for developing attention in order create and direct intention in your body through movement and how to transfer this connection into another person in order to sense the space and create movement together.
- Explore the rhythmicality and lyricisity of tango music using the body.
- Explore the possibility of using Leader and Follower roles as a cycle of interaction.
The classes will include a combination of singular and partnered exercises, verbal, and video presentation and group discussion.
Please note: This is a movement workshop that will require physical contact with other people. However, to attend the class no partner is necessary and everyone will be experiencing the leader and follower roles. No prior dance knowledge is necessary. If you do attend class with a partner and you wish to remain with this partner, you will not be required to change partners.
What you will need: Wear comfortable clothing, dress as you would for a yoga or meditation class. Please bring a spill-proof water container.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: Register by clicking the link below
Tomas Howlin was born and raised in Buenos Aires. He shares his nearly 20 years of teaching and performing experience throughout Argentina, North America, and Europe. Having had the privilege to study with and assist some of the greatest teachers of all time during the rebirth of tango in Argentina, and through his understanding and dedication, Tomas has created a bridge linking traditional tango with the newer trends. Tomas studied Martha Graham Dance Technique, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Technique and trained at the University of Tango in Buenos Aires. He taught for several years at the University of Buenos Aires and has presented workshops for Shambhala and the University of Miami at Cincinnati. Tomas is also founding member and co-creator of the first tango teacher training program in North America. His knowledge and pedagogy are unique and exceptional. Tomas believes in a natural, relaxed, and skillful tango; one that is unique for each person. As a teacher, he is appreciated for his intuition, gentle humor, and accessibility. For more information please visit his website: www.tomashowlin.com.