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Tango video: The Technique of Pulpo

The Technique of Pulpo is recommended for advanced beginners or intermediate students of Argentine tango. (See detailed description below of this action packed video.)

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Learn Argentine Tango from Pulpo in San Francisco
Studio Grazia
19 Heron Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

NOTE: You can meet Pulpo in San Francisco and take lessons from him and Luiza in person! Call Reina Goodrich at Studio Gracia (415) 307-4782 for more info. Tell her Phil Seyer sent you from Argentine-tango.com.

Argentine Tango Videos
Instructional Tango Videos
By Pulpo and Luiza

(Intermediate/Advanced tango videos -- see description below.)

1. The Technique of Pulpo
2. The Art of Pulpo, Volume I
3. The Art of Pulpo, Volume II

Tango video: The Technique of Pulpo

This is where you should start if you are new to the Pulpo Argentine tango method. This 60 minute video is packed with helpful tips and interesting Argentine tango steps. Here's what is included, just in the Technique of Pulpo (item 1 above):

Eight Count Basic -- a review of the Eight Count Basic and an explanation of why it is important.

Salidas. -- Various ways of starting the basic step are discussed and explained, including

Basic Salida
Common Salida (starting on step 2)
Double Salida on the 2.
Salida Americano
Turning Two
Turning One, left and right

Ochos -- steps resembling the figure "8"

  • Basic Technique for Ochoes
  • Placing the foot and then the weight
  • Turning completely; then stepping back.
  • Placing the leg, bringing feet together, turning completetly, then stepping back.
  • doing forward ochoes from five.
    importance of pivoting
    shoulder lead for forward ochos

Leading and Accompanying Back Ochos

  • Leading Back Ochos From Two
  • From Three
    • With parallel feet
    • with crossed feet
  • With Over-crossed Step (to the left and right)

Accompanying Forward Ochos

Stresses how to pivot and shift weight and lead the weight shift for the ochos.
Weight should stay on back leg thne smoothly shifts to the front foot.
Stepping side From Five
Pivoting and Stepping Back, then bringing feet together.
Turn, place the leg then feet together
Both forward
Forward, then feet together, keep facing follower.

The 8 Count Molinetes

Start from American salida.
Leader does a rulo.
Finish with 6,7, 8.
Exercise using boleos is given to help leader proper placement of weight.

Turning Four --How to do back ochos from count four of the basic.

Anatomical Sacada -- an extension of the Turning Four Step.

Continuous Anatomical Sacadas -- how to easily repeat anatomical sacdas and then exit from this pattern.

Sacada of Back Ocho -- How to do an anatomical sacda when doing a back ocho.

Combining Various Sacadas -- how to put together the various sacada taught earlier.

The Art of Pulpo, Volume I -- this volume continues where the technique of Pulpo left off, adding many new steps, each one explained in depth.

Tango video: The Art of Pulpo, Volume I -- this volume continues where the technique of Pulpo left off, adding many new steps, each one explained in depth. A lot of gauncho and engaunches and steps involving intertwining of legs.

Tango video: The Art of Pulpo, Volume II -- Even more gaunchos and engaunches!

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Also good are group classes and the best thing is a private lesson.

News Flash! Pulpo is coming to San Francisco. See below:

Argentine tango classes at Studio Gracia
19 Heron Street, San Francisco
Featuring Norberto "El Pulpo" Esbrez & Luiza Paes

Call Reina Goodrich at Studio Gracia (415) 307-4782 for more info. Tell her Phil Seyer sent you from Argentine-tango.com.

.Sunday, May 9
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Basic Argentine tango Technique I
7:30 - 8:30 p.m, Int/Adv -Introduction to the Style of EI Pulpo
Each class $15, Two classes for $25
8:00 p.m.- 12:00 a.m. Milonga

Sunday, May 16
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Basic Argentine Technique II
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Int/Adv- Contact and Suspension in Tango
Each Class $15, Two classes for $25.
8:00 p.m. 12:00 a.m. Milonga

Saturday, May 22
11 :00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. Intermediate Argentine Tango Legwork I
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Advanced Argentine Tango Legwork II
Each class $15, Two classes for $25

Special offer for Intermediate/Advanced Argentine tango students: Series of six classes $60. by pre-registration.
Phone: Reina Goodrich at Studio Gracia (415) 307-4782. Tell her Phil Seyer sent you.
Payment requested at first class on May 9.

"We are not teaching Argentine tango steps to be memorized and then forgotten. We want our tango students to develop their own style and personality, learning how to be understand and feel tango."

The dynamic Norberto "EI Pulpo" Esbrez is a third generation tanguero, who has been dancing Argentine tango for 16 years. His father and grandfather were both respected bandoneon players, and his own feeling for the music is evident in his work. His nickname, el Pulpo - the octopus, comes from his unique fluid style, which uses complicated displacements, ganchos. enganches, and the intertwining of the tango dancers legs.

His Argentine tango steps were, first practiced with rock & roll which gave him tremendous agility and a very relaxed, almost casual approach to his dance style- He is renowned in Buenos Aires and all over the world as the "King of the Ganchos" for his ability and thorough understanding of the leg work in Argentine tango.

He has created and added innumerable movements to the tango, vocabulary, and is continually developing his innovative tango technique and tango style. For that reason, he is considered today the most creative of the tango dancers.

Norberto and Luiza have taught at CITA in 2001, 2003 & 2004, and have worked in Brazil. Europe (France, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Bulgaria. Spain. Slovenia, Austria and Italy), and all over the United States,including Hawaii. They have taught at the Las Vegas Tango Festival 2001, 2002 and 2003, and will be returning to Los Vegas again in Sept., 2004.

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