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Our teaching experience
is a life-long
musician and creative artist and graphic designer. Before tango, Steve
was a partner in a graphic design company since 1981 and more recently
developed his teaching skills as an IT trainer for a national charity
and as a horse-riding instructor. Both these teaching roles helped him
to evolve a
pedagogical interaction with people and an understanding
the multilateral development of a student's mind, body and
and Debbie have been
teaching Argentine Tango since 2000, at first on a part-time basis, and
then in 2004 they made it their full time jobs. After another six years
of developing the local tango community and refining a pedagogic
system for teaching this beautiful dance, they opened their own 125
square metre dance studio in Bramshaw in the New Forest
125 sqm dance studio at Bramshaw within easy reach of
Southampton, Salisbury and Bournemouth, 5 minutes from
junction 1 on the M27 MAP
also organise regular
social events and teaching weekends with visiting teachers from around
the world and are regularly invited to teach in Europe and around the
UK. You can read comments from colleagues and students in the blue
column on the right.
can I learn to
Steve and Debbie Morrall?
workshops, weekly classes, private lessons at our dance studio in
Forest only five minutes from junction 1 on the M27. Directions
8 week course on Thursday nights.
Please check the next start date here
2: Embracing the Core Element
On Wednesday nights, we focus on
building a choreographic repertoire, floor navigation skills and
getting your dance to flow.
3: The moves, the music, the magic
dancers who are confident with all our earlier levels of teaching, On
Tuesday nights we delve into connecting to the music with simple moves
and extreme musicality.
workshops and teach at festivals
and other tango events around the country which we publish on our events
page and via our 'opt-in' email.
The core elements of teaching
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and Debbie do not to teach choreographic patterns which trap dancers in
make them slaves to their memory. Dancers learn how to get their dance
to flow in the same way we construct sentences that flow, chosing each
word (each move) as we go.
is about the
music and dancing from
the heart. In a recent class, Steve and Debbie were working on breaking
the dance down into taking one considered step at a time. In the class,
Steve said "....think
tango as non-verbal
communication. A conversation with a
stranger will start simply and grow in depth and complexity as we learn
how they respond, what they are interested in, what moves them and what
they don't like."
To illustrate this, he showed the dancers an exercise to apply
concept in the way mind and body could understand.
dance simply - even with
a partner you know well. They can have off days too and need to refocus
on you and your dance. Don't hurry steps, savour moments of simply
walking together in an embrace. Ask yourself - can you feel her heart
beat? Can you
feel tension? Are you tense? Don't forget to breathe. A deep, slowly
exhaled breath in an embrace will encourage your partner to relax."
other articles by
Steve on argentine tango inPink
workshops and classes that help dancers progress to tango 'bliss'.
is aimed at
dancers of any level who feel their dance needs a boost. It uses large
screen video to give instant visual feedback to dancers and
is a very powerful learning and refining
tool for posture, style, axis and balance. The
is a weekend workshop where you can immerse yourself in the dance.
Teaching is provided
maestros from around the world who we know and trust to provide the
very best tuition. Steve is also available for private lessons during
musicality workshops and seminars separate the processes of (a)
learning to understand tango music and (b) moving with understanding to
tango music. Using a grand piano, Steve Morrall teaches
these workshops using a mix of seated audience
build an understanding of musical structure and movement to music.
Feedback on our teaching style and method
"Steve Morrall is one of
the most inspiring tango educators and
personalities of our time. I heard of him, but then met him in person,
worked with him, joined his class. Hands down. I suggest you all to get
to know him."
and Michelle Erdemsel travel the world teaching Argentine Tango. They
taught a Tango Tangk at Bramshaw
in April as part of their 2013 European Tour.
and Murat share a background in graphic
design and music and discovered a remarkable similarity and crossover
teaching style and content. Murat and Michelle's beautiful dance style
captivating musicality is captured on many YouTube videos.
from a German dance couple who attended a 1 week musicality course at
La Rogaia in Italy in 2013
Mein Mann Dieter und ich
dachten nach unserem letztjährigen Aufenthalt auf La Rogaia könnte die
Stimmung und Atmosphäre nicht mehr getoppt werden. Aber ganz weit
gefehlt: die letzte Woche war fantastisch, der schönste und
lustigste Tangounterricht, den wir je hatten.
Tangounterricht bei Steve
und Debbie ist einzigartig: die Besonderheiten der verschiedenen
Tangoorchester wurden anschaulich erarbeitet und (sollten) in
Bewegungsmuster umgewandelt werden. Die Harmonie beim Tango, die
Musikalität, mit der der Tango interpretiert wird, all diese Aspekte
haben uns während der Woche begleitet und fasziniert.
Dadurch, dass Steve auch
Musiker ist wurde auf die Musikalität in der Interpretation des Tango
größtes Augenmerk gelegt, anhand von bildhaften, humorvollen
Erklärungen, die sich tief einprägten, konnten wir wesentliche neue
Erkenntnisse für unseren persönlichen Tangostil erarbeiten. Die
Interpretation des Tango, die Steve und Debbie uns zeigten, ist eine
unerhört neue, intensive Erfahrung für uns.
Privatstunden, die wir noch zusätzlich bei Steve und Debbie nahmen,
waren gekennzeichnet durch intensives Erarbeiten eines individuell auf
uns zugeschnittenen Inputs. Steve und Debbie sind erfahrene, didaktisch
absolut sattelfest Tangolehrer, die völlig neue, uns bisher nicht
bewusste Aspekte zu Tage brachten. Die originelle und fantasievolle,
individuelle Tango-Instruktion, die wir diesem Lehrerpaar verdanken,
wird uns von nun an begleiten. Besser kann Tangounterricht nicht sein!
Barbara und Dieter Schwaninger, Innsbruck
from a local dancer who had
series of private lessons with Steve
to prepare for a trip to Buenos
had to write from Buenos Aires and let you know Steve that your
teaching has been much complimented on.
have been told over and over again that I dance like a true tanguera
and they ask who my teacher is as he must be Buenos Airean and I tell
them it is you and that you are someone who is true to the BsAs method
and ethos. They are all absolutey delighted with that.
have now been whisked on the floor for every milonga going including
with Josť whatever his name is
and we 'ripped up the floor' with him
doing all those knee lifts and kicks at Gricel, it was FANTASTIC. Thank
you, thank you, thank you."
Feedback from a dancer from Amsterdam
is a relaxing, calming dance teacher. He explains dance movements and
corrections in a variety of styles; concepts that can seem nebulous,
elusive, or just plain fanciful in other classes become clearer and
more logical as he presents them.
approaches dance both from the artistic, emotional angle of musical
interpretation and the mechanical necessity of moving the body from one
position to another while retaining control and interaction with your
gained a great deal from the lesson and would be happy to recommend him
to complete beginners and more advanced dancers.
Tango UK venue is lovely and the location a pleasure to find - where
else can you tango in an ancient forest? He is also easy to
contact and organised in his responses and scheduling."
Steve, I still think about the amazing milonga musicality class you ran
at the Tango Mango a year or more back.. with us all clapping different
rhythms. Please let me know well in advance if you ever plan to repeat
any thing simular at bramshaw. I would travel from Cardiff for it.
Tangoworkshop “Musikalität” in La Rogaia im
Um unser Wissen und unser
Verständnis über die musikalischen Aspekte des Tango Argentino zu
vertiefen, hatten wir die Tangowoche mit Steve und Debbie in La Rogaia
Es war eine berauschende Erfahrung! Steve & Debbie sind sehr
versierte, wunderbar geduldige und hilfreiche Lehrer. Die zehn
Unterrichtseinheiten waren logisch und für die Teilnehmer verständlich
aufgebaut. Es kam nie Langweile auf, was auch “ein wenig” mit dem
komödiantischen Talent von Steve zu tun hat - die Lachmuskeln hatten in
dieser Woche Schwerstarbeit zu leisten. Steve und Debbie haben
uns mit einer Fülle an Ideen und Hilfestellungen in den Tango-Alltag
entlassen. Wir haben viel mitgenommen und würden sofort wieder mit den
Beiden eine Tangowoche verbringen. Nochmals ganz herzlichen Dank für
dieses fantastische Erlebnis.
Christine und Thomas May, Bonn, Oktober
Our teaching method
is a natural and
intuitive teacher who draws on strengths that
would categorise as eNFJ (extravert,
iNtuitive, Feeling, Judging)
a rare mix of qualities only found in 2-3% people.
is an advocate
of the possible, someone
who will say 'half full' rather than 'half empty', a teacher who
instinctively looks to and expects the best in people. He inspires
confidence and self-belief because he is enthusiastically confident and
believes in himself.
Murat Erdemsel, a world renowned
Argentine tango dancer and teacher describes Steve Morrall as "one of the most inspiring
tango educators and
personalities of our time". MORE
teacher, he encourages with positive feedback, celebrating the smallest
improvement. In mixed level workshops, Steve can
spontaneously and effortlessly adapt activities and imagery that
will help students of all levels improve their dance skills.
teaches tango as a
engaging mind, body and spirit and will draw on all his life skills of
theatre, music, dance, clowning and art to help people bring out their
for our 8 week beginners class at Bramshaw
of the tango embrace and the tango walk. Introducing
step or change of weight. So similar yet so different.
Collaborative movement through non verbal
in an embrace to music. Tango is ALL about the music, so lets learn how
to dance simply to it.
to dance tango is like learning another language. Lets tell
each other a story in 'tango-speak'.
the dance or dancing the walk - understanding the difference will help
you move like an Argentinian.
whole dance is made up of 5 core movements, 3 linear, 2
review of all the above and gentle assessment of participants' needs to
improve their dance
Call us for details of
our next 8 week beginners course on 023 8081 4851