Advanced Body Mechanics and Other Buzzwords

2010 July 19
by Simba


Clearly, they got something out of all these body mechanics workshops…

There is something about the fluffy prose of the tango advertising that is either funny or tragic. Maybe both. Why is it that the ones teaching ‘quality of movement’ have nothing of the sort? What exactly is ‘organic tango’? (Tango Voice does a great job in dissecting that term). What about ‘body mechanics’? Apparently these are often used together. Now which one is it, organic or mechanic? I am confused.

It’s probably just me, but my interest in taking workshops seems to be inversely related to the content of this kind of nonsense in advertising. Give me tango pure and simple, and give us teachers that dance well. Thank you for your patience.

HT: Jorge

9 Responses leave one →
  1. 2010 July 19

    A ‘body mechanics’ workshops should be full of of sentences like “if you do it like this you will hurt her, and if you hurt her I’ll hurt you”. But I’ve yet to hear such said.

    Organic tango is one that is obviously better for you and the environment but all the goodness has gone out of it because it has been flown thousands of miles.

  2. 2010 July 19

    Sounds like we speak the same language 🙂

    I thought organic tango was about achieving almost the same result, just less efficiently, allowing the teacher to charge a fat premium? Which may or may not be good for you and the environment, but definitely is for someone else’s wallet…

  3. 2010 July 19
    Frances R permalink

    This is about selling tango to engineers and bourgeois who buy their groceries in Whole foods. Marketing, y nada mas. 😉

  4. 2010 July 19

    Organic means it costs more, like organic apple is $4.99/lb, and regular apple is $1.99/lb. A frugal guy like me definitely stays away anything labeled “organic”. Just give me two lbs of regular tango, I am good with that. 🙂

  5. 2010 July 21

    I heard that organic is no better for you than normal, just more expensive. That was one of the silliest moves I have seen in a long time. Why anyone would want to do it is beyond me. It doesn’t even look elegant. Oh well, some people have more money than sense I guess.

  6. 2010 July 21

    @Frances R: Absolutely. Are the engineers so easily fooled?

    @TP: May I have 80kgs of regular tango, please?

    @Londontango: I’m glad I could provide a new high/low in silliness 🙂 Doesn’t even look elegant, LOL!

  7. 2010 July 24

    > “… if you hurt her I’ll hurt you”. But I’ve yet to hear such said.

    No surprise. However justified, teacher threats of violence to insensitive students would be very bad for business.

  8. 2010 July 25
    cindy permalink

    i’ve heard robin thomas say (on many occasions), ‘if you do it like this it will hurt her, and she won’t dance with you again. so if you want her to dance with you again….’

  9. 2010 July 26

    I believe Limerick was joking, but for the record I think violence is not a good idea, coming from teachers or anyone else…

    Cindy makes an excellent point about a more reasonable approach to people hurting their dance partners.

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