Showing off

by - mika - Who hasn’t been tempted… … to do some flashy moves when someone sitting next to the dance floor watches. … to show all the tricks of the trade when getting to dance with a really good dancer … to play some obscure gem from the record collection when djing … to play some music to be innovative The problem is, it does not impress anyone. [Read More]

Why we never tire of tango music

by nadworks Tango music for the non-argentine 21st century tango lover is often something of an acquired taste. At least for tango dancers. The recordings are old, the music sounds strange, we don’t understand the lyrics – but we love the dance… After some time, we get more into the music, it all changes, and we become total fanáticos de tango, we can never get enough of the classics of tango music. [Read More]

Technique vs. Feeling

by my hovercraft is full of eels Which one is most important? Technique or dancing with feeling? I sometimes get the impression that tango dancers are divided in two camps, the technique camp and the feelings camp. The first emphasizes the technical matters of the dance, the latter paying solely attention to the feeling. As long as we can hug each other, all is well ;-) Both seemingly ignoring the other point of view completely. [Read More]

In the eye of the beholder

Isn’t it funny how we see so different things, even when watching the exact same event? I remember seeing containers all over the place while we were renovating our appartment, a friend who is an architect and carpenter seemed to literally see through the walls in the house before we bought it. A trained art expert will instantly recognize the work of an artist, an analyst will see through the endless rows of numbers in a spreadsheet… [Read More]

Confiteria La Ideal en BBC

Another good documentary about tango. I enjoyed it a lot. Some of the interesting scenes are available on youtube, but the documentary itself was quite hard to get hold of. As far as I could determine, it is not available for sale, not even on ebay, so you better know one of them pirates or use your imagination ;-) I am quite impressed by how ordinary dancers are able to express what tango means to them. [Read More]

Listening to the music

What is good musicality? Countless workshops are offered, people discuss who is dancing more musical or who doesn’t get it. But not easy to define. So without trying to get to the bottom of it, some reflexions are in place. I heard quite often after dancing for a few years that I was dancing musically, which of course made me happy. Who wouldn’t like to dance musically? Of course it could be just to be polite and not mentioning my other more obvious shortcomings, but I think that even if my musicality was not very good or mature, at least I was: [Read More]