Lab #1 »Saccadas« 

Melissa & Volker
15:00 - 16:30


# Idea Outline

NeoTangoLab Convention is a BRANDNEW Neotango event format.
It´s a self-learning, video aided laboratory organised in order to improve dancing skills and improvisation capabilities for Milongas and Neolongas without any urgency, at your own pace.
Similar to the NeoTangoRave, it's a noncommercial, grassroots, market-gap-filling dancing event aimed to improve dancing skills for those Tango dancers, who can't find any more attractive offers among regular tango classes offered by local tango studios.
It's intended to change the Convention location every year - 2018 in South Sicily or Croatia.

# Tango for the people

The NTL Convention will be a budget dancing event with labs / workshops and evening Neolongas. It won´t be a glamorizing, high-end spectacle.
The purpose is to teach ourselves Neotango moves and combinations aided by video projections and to encourage dancers to establish NeoTangoLabs at their home cities.

# Dancing concept

Every NTL has a specific structure assured by moderators supervising the discussion process between the praxis phases:

- Warming up
- Video presentation and analytic discussion
- Practice phase
- First round discussion
- Second practice phase
- Final round discussion
- Open dancing

Moderators don't shape the dancing style. Every dancer keeps it's own style, benefits from the common experiences during the self-organised learning process.

Labs are based on regular practices in a group of a few couples and learning together tango moves selected earlier from videos available in internet.
Appropriately cut out video parts are displayed continuously on a big screen in slow motion or frame-by-frame, so that everybody can exactly see and analyze how the sequences / moves have been danced and what techniques applied.
Next, the participants share their observations and ideas on »how to do it« with the other dancers.
Afterwards the couples try out all these suggestions in practice, discuss the outcome, practice again, discuss and so on until thanks to the joint effort of the whole group the sequence/figure finally has been »cracked«.