The learning curve
Comfort zones and challenges, plateau and fall. Your journey is yours but you're not alone.
Teté lived for the milongas, you would always see him and if he didn’t know you, he would make himself known to you. Each time in Buenos Aires, in every milonga, he would say hello and give me a kiss. This was Teté. He even had his own chair at the Centro Leonesa!
Why was he so important? Some people have called him one of the “old milongueros”, but I don’t think that he was part of the group of dancers that this phrase refers to. Perhaps it’s a case of semantics but he was definately a “milonguero”, he lived for the milongas. You would see him without fail, watching the floor, joking with his friends, dancing or having a cigarette outside. He made the milonga social, jovial, even for those who were visiting.
Here are some videos I found on YouTube, one is performance in the states when I think he was really at his best. I love the way he’s bashful at the end when taking his bow.
The other is part of a documentary, he talks about how he feels when dancing, but the best bit is at the end (7:10), you really see the real Teté, how playful he is and how he loves dancing. I will miss him for this, the energy he brought to the milongas, he really was one of the great personalities of Buenos Aires.
Pedro “Teté” Rusconi 7 January 2010, te abrazo maestro, y que tu alma baile para siempre en las milongas.
Usually D’Arienzo or Biagi instrumentals provokes a feeling of happy feet in me. Animated and full of energy, they start pumping like bandoneons…
However it is a particular combination of careful attention from the leader and the music that brings out my happy feet. Not the number of figures but attention to the space where I am. It is boring and at times painful to dance with someone who doesn’t care about my feet and I have the scars to show for it.
here’s my wish list, hope you can help me out…
1. Dancers who can embrace each other.
2. Respect for each couple on the floor, regardless of their level.
3. A melifluous flow of movement and energy.
4. Honouring the codes of the milonga, especially the cabeceo.
5. Wonderful music in a beautiful place.
Do you think we could start in January?
Or maybe at Salon Clore
Thanks for listening.
The lads at Kennington Station seem to have it going on.
Thought of the day at Kennington tube. “Don’t be afraid if thing seem difficult in the beginning. That’s only the initial impression. The important thing is not to retreat. You have to master yourself.” Olga Korbut, gymnast
..he said his eyes nervous and tentative. When do you think I should go, I’m only a beginner?”
This is the time to see what the social part of Tango is. The meeting of friends and sharing of dancing embraces, wine, stories and laughter all to beautiful music.
Some dancers come only to observe, others to listen to the music, there are times when I love watching the feet, the connection in a couple, it’s hypnotic. If you get up to dance the only thing you should think about is being part of the flow, the flow of the couple, the flow of the floor, steps and choreography are not required.
What part of that makes you think you’re not good enough, all you need to do is walk, so yes you’re good enough, come!
A lunch amongst friends, who all dance and are known as dancers (and teachers in Buenos Aires). But the best thing about this series of videos is the lively discussions over a meal about Tango. Everyone has an opinion and they are all listened to, it makes for a insight to the people and personalities of tango and what may be passing through their minds as they’re dancing.
via Oscar Casas
Osvaldo Cartery talks about this idea of “quatro baldosa” (a “baldosa” is a tile, “La Baldosa” is also the name of a big milonga in Buenos Aires) and it got me thinking about the next rotation.
This rotation is a bit special, I still wanted to take a theme but something that would not concentrate on a specific idea of tango (e.g. sacadas, barridas) but more about some ideas that are important to the essence of the dance. “4 Baldosa” is one of them.
“Pa’Bailar…”: starts 23rd October
Pause & Effect
Care & Construction
3 Cosas; Walk, Axis & Connection
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