A tango cannot be copied; it is something personal and unique. It is just as special as is each individual, both physically and emotionally.
My proposal is to help the interested person discover, realize and dance his/her own tango, not following a set model, but being guided by but his/ her own feelings. This makes learning and dancing tango a fulfilling experience for everyone.
Common goals of dancing tango
* Proper stance and posture.
* Awareness of one’s own axis and balance, as well as that of one’s partner.
* Perception of the point of a shared balance. Ability to maintain that balance from the inside and from the outside.
* Moving WITH the Other.
* Sharing and not invading; a dialogue and not two monologues.
* Noticing: Did I transmit my message? Did he/she receive it? How has she/he answered me?
*Awareness of freedom to express
* Practicing a dynamic of what is felt and not thought
* Expressing one’s individual identity.* Understanding the mood and feelings of one’s partner, not from an intellectual perspective but through movement.
* “Enjoying yourself” or fulfilling personal promises (I have to do it once in my life…).
* Dancing in the milongas.
* Socializing (meeting people and sharing group activities).
* Physical rehabilitation.
* Occupational therapy.
* Satisfactory responses to social events, requirements or trips abroad (Are you Argentine? Do the tango for us, please!)
Since classes are understood as work and exploration between instructor and student, and in order to fulfill each person’s expectations, meetings are held previous to the classes for the purpose of setting goals, priorities and schedules.
For the woman: being able to receive the man’s message and giving many alternative responses. For the man: developing softness and clarity in the way he leads. Knowing how to manage his partner as well as himself. For both: awareness of movement, freedom of expression, dancing “the embrace”.
Structural points of the proposal:
* The lead: Reaching excellence in due time and manner
Proposing, not forcing. Using time and space.
For the man: What to “tell” the woman. How to pass on the information. How much, how and when to propose the moves to the partner, with or without changing the space. Consciousness of Her position, axis and response.
For the woman:
Understanding the proposal and how to carry it out; her counterproposal.
Awareness of the movement
Centers of gravity. Balanced axis. Driving forces. Movements guided by impulse or lead. Opposite and complementary movements.
Control of both sides of the embrace
Use of the “closed” side of the embrace, as well as the “open” side.
How to create and execute your own steps.
The role of the modern woman in traditional tango
Her place in time and space. Her decision and response.
No “previous experience” is required. Just by feeling and being eager to do it, you will be able to dance and enjoy your own tango. If you felt interested when reading these lines, would it not mean that this is the right time to try it? I kindly invite you to find or improve your tango dancing.