The Essence of Tango
When we watched the milongueros dancing years ago, we could perceive the mystery behind what they did, no matter if it was easy or difficult. Therefore, technique has to be understood first, then it can be copied, but the goal is to get to its essence. If you use the word “technique” less in class, and instead use words like “essence” and “sensation”, students can perform the movement with a more natural attitude and will learn faster than if you speak about numbers, diagonals or muscles.
Good advice from the maestros. They also talk about the decline of the European tango scene and our fear of the embrace. Read the entire interview at El tangauta (#184 Feb 2010). [EDIT: Direct link here]