Longer days are here! I’ve put together a list for this month that I enjoy very much. With abstract meditative cortinas, there’s enough time to stretch, focus, potter and reflect if you’re practising too. Enjoy May and don’t forget to follow.
Carlos Di Sarli
With Spring peeking through, April’s mixtape is a gentle bow to the lyrical. Nuevo Quinteto Réal, Alfredo Attaddia join Ricardo Malerba and more. Enjoy and don’t forget to follow.
Yanina Erramouspe & Leo Ortiz – ‘Siete Palabras’
One of the challenges of deciding to learn tango is overcoming what you think it should be.
The man leads, the woman follows.
The man dominates, the woman submits.
It’s just like that tango show I saw.
One of the challenges when learning tango is overcoming what you think it should be.
It has to be the step that we see.
The steps are to be copied.
The steps are to be perfect.
The thing is that the steps are simple. It is really making them together that is the hard bit. The things that you may not notice whilst looking at the steps. The waiting, the breathing, the pausing. Timing. A flourish that seems effortless in it simplicity because it has been crafted. The walk that has been walked so much it looks easy. The consistent work that has been done to shape the dance. Watch the video again, I have. Many times.
This came up on my feed and it was delightful. Easy to watch and say that they’re not doing much. But they’re doing so much and that’s the lasting impression.
Escape the grey outside with warm tandas from D’Arienzo, Buzón, Tanturi, Los Auténticos Reyes and more with the February mixtape.
Fátima Vitale & Javier Rodríguez dance a tango to Carlos Di Sarli’s ‘Nueve Puntos’ at the Antwerp Tango Festival.
Remember when Bank holidays were a time to join the Bloomsbury set for a spot of tandas and cortinas and chacerera?
Being back in London, there hasn’t been a milonga where someone hasn’t asked me if there will be more editions of abrazos in the future. Whilst there won’t be an abrazos on 28th August and officially we’ve been on a break, I wanted to say I’ve missed it too.
There may be a chance that the break is coming to end, but in the meanwhile here are some tunes to keep you dancing on Monday afternoon.
Quite a perfect tango by the well matched Sebastián Jimenez & María Inés Bogado. The title of the song? “Let’s Dream” by Carlos Di Sarli. Recently they have started an interaction play where one starts a decoration or movement and the other repeats it. The one here is my favourite so far.