Escape the grey outside with warm tandas from D’Arienzo, Buzón, Tanturi, Los Auténticos Reyes and more with the February mixtape.
The Cross class resume. You really feel the link between the leader’s upper body and the path of the follower’s free foot with this cornerstone of social tango dancing.
Practice in your space with this month’s mixtape. Find it here. https://spoti.fi/2GnWEDZ
“You spend many years learning technique, learning to do everything well, everything perfectly…
But afterwards, when you do everything perfectly, you have to become less perfect, you have to ‘mess up’ your style. You have to give it your own personal touch.
That’s when your tango becomes your own, the tango that you feel like a fist in your stomach, something that rips you from the inside, that makes you cry…There are tangos that make me cry. And for that, how long does it take? A year? Two? Ten? Many years. For some people it takes a lifetime.”
From ‘I Wanted to Dance – Carlos Gavito: Life, Passion and Tango’ by Ricardo Plazaola
Meet Sushila, she’s been coming to the course after doing the taster workshop in January. Scroll down to hear about the beginnings of her tango journey.
Warning: Her smile is infectious!
Wednesday tango classes continue next week at Harry Gosling from 7pm onwards. The next a taste of tango workshop is on 14th April 2019 at Pineapple Dance Studios. Bookings are open and can be done here. This is an absolute beginners workshop that you can do before coming to the Wednesday night class.
So yesterday in class, we got into pivots… alot.
I even decided to have a play around…
See you next Wednesday for more!
Buddhists call walking meditation ‘kinhin’. It’s practised between “zazen”, a seated meditation. The idea is to be mindful of your experience whilst walking and staying aware with what is happening in each moment of the walking. Walking in tango when done mindfully can have a very similar effect.
When we start to walk more, repeating the basic movement of putting one foot in front of the other and moving. More of the details start to emerge.
Questions…How can I be smoother? How can I stretch my step and still be connected? How can we be consistent with our walk?
Actions…. I want to receive and give the walk with my upper body open to my partner. I want to feel the floor under my feet. I will feel the moment of being on one foot and searching of my free foot. I want to activate my ankles to help my walk. .
A really easy way to get flow in your dance that at the same time leaves enough mind space for you to use the music.
Here we have also used weight changes, more listening to the music options! Practice in your space with this month’s mixtape.
Find it here. https://spoti.fi/2GnWEDZ
A mantra for me,
A mantra for flow.
A checklist of sorts
Or just something to know.
A guiding hand,
For a voyager’s heart,
Am I embracing and embraced?
Can I connect as a start?
If I am connected
Can I stay that way?
Not only in linear
But in circular too
Because torsion is cool
And so are spirals too.
Yes, there is movement, Steps?
There are three
Forward, side and back
If you need to know.
What’s more important is to be free…
Free to flow in your walk
To know that passing the anchor foot is not a hard stop
Free to choose to give and receive
And welcome the music to your dance
The tango you make is cyclical
With your mantra you can dance
Or you can just embrace your partner
And leave the rest to chance.