Gloria & Rodolfo Dinzel dance to ‘Pata Ancha’ by Osvaldo Pugliese at Nora’s Tango Week, 2003. Watch ‘til the end for an improvised and creative surprise.
A number of years ago my students got me thinking. Nothing new there, but this time was different. I wondered how I could find a way to help people learn outside of my classes. They would often say “I need you in my head” and somewhere in mine, a light went off.
What if I removed the visual of me as a teacher? If they didn’t have something to look at, to copy, they would be able to focus on what they were doing with their bodies and how connected they were in their dancing. Audio tasters came to mind and with that I would be able to share stories, ideas and lessons, as I do with my physical classes, just that I would be a guiding voice. People could listen to them anywhere, as many times as they wanted and play around with my suggestions for dancing. It would take concentration and patience, but those are prerequisites for learning tango.
Here it is, ‘Firewatching’ – an audio taste of tango. This version is not the first, but it’s the first I am ok to share. Wherever you are, you can dance in an embrace and I would love to know how you get on. The clocks go back tomorrow and you have an extra hour -in theory-. What could you do with all that time? Hmmm….
Fátima Vitale & Javier Rodríguez dance a tango to Carlos Di Sarli’s ‘Nueve Puntos’ at the Antwerp Tango Festival.
In the heart of London
With the heart of dance
2 hearts beginning a conversation
In a workshop led by curiosity and peppered by chance
Tapped out with London life?
Tap into your inner world
Dance your way and find your breath
A taste of tango
This is a workshop that gives you a way to start and develop your dance. You’ll be challenged to think and move, share thoughts, ideas and experience with other dancers on a similar journey. With a mix of group, partner and individual activity, your dancing skills will develop and deepen, with variations providing new ways to explore and find freedom. Click the link to book your places now.Sunday 28th October 1-3pm at Pineapple
They say that time changes speed underwater and in outerspace, I’d say it also changes in tango. Looking back it’s hard to believe that Mobilis in Mobili was ten years ago.
Captain Nemo led us into the deep blue in to prove his theory of the existence of ‘ballare’ energy. Tango dancers embraces generating this renewable source. Enchanted by mermaids and abrazos the adventurers got stuck.
The challenge of Mobilis in Mobili was so much fun for me personally. It took my tango out of water but into the deep sea adding creatures courtesy of Jules Verne’s imagination and Bruno Roubicek’s shaping. All in the atmospheric setting of the now closed Shunt Lounge in London Bridge.