Petri Toiviainen has produced a really cool simulation of what happens to your brain when listening to Tango music. I wonder what it would look like with different Orchestras and oooh with your favourite tanda? More please Petri.
The learning curve
Comfort zones and challenges, plateau and fall. Your journey is yours but you're not alone.
Whether you think of rolfing, pilates or alexander technique, the way you hold and move your body is important for your life not just your dancing. Watching this video, I couldn’t help but notice how many of the ideas for posture are present in my Tango, the way I’ve learnt it and the way I teach it.
When I started taking my dancing more seriously and doing more classes and especially when I started to teach I started a journey of searching constantly for things that would help explain and improve the way the body was used to connect and dance. Pilates, dynamic alignment, stretching, yoga, dance imagery were all things that I looked into and continue to do so.
starts not with a step, but by walking.
World Cup Tango thoughts…
- Chewing gum whilst you’re dancing
- Checking the time whilst you’re in the embrace,
- Forgetting that you’re in an embrace (eg thinking the woman’s arms are extension of your own and checking the time, scratching your head)
- Expecting a yes
- Not understanding a no!
- More than a step backwards
- Ignoring someone you’ve bumped into, stepped on, (what’s so wrong with saying “I’m sorry”?)
- Overtaking (why can’t you use the space you have?)
- Bad body odour/bad breath
- Teaching on the dance floor
- Inviting one woman to get rejected and then the lady sitting next to her
- Inviting a woman to dance whilst still mopping the sweat from your brow
- Taking it personally, if your invitation is rejected, especially if you haven’t used the cabeceo.
- Using the embrace to an unfair advantage.
Off-side (thus taking yourself out of play)
- Not using the cabeceo
- Ignoring the flow of the floor
- Ignoring other dancers on the floor
- Thinking you’re too cool for school (not respecting the rules)
- Fancy footwork with the ball (ie. dancing by yourself)
- A smile
- A bit of conversation between dances on the dance floor,
- A bit of conversation off the dance floor
- actually being interested in what you’re talking about.
- walking your partner back to where they were sitting.
- Not worrying if it doesn’t go according to plan…
- Thinking about the quality of your technique, not the quantity of your moves…
What do you think?
When it’s not working
When you think you’re not good enough.
Remind yourself that you’re dancing tango
and that it can be the best you want it to be.
Thank you Gabrielle.
Play this on mute if you can. The sound is no use for why I think this is how an embrace should envelop a woman.
Crossing oceans and mountains
in your mind, in your body
to get yourself there,
just to walk
and be still?
and be turned
But when four
and more becomes
when real is the mountain
at the summit is joy
to fall and dive
to dive and fall
into the ocean
to live Tango
to live and die for four.