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]

Popularity contest: dancers@youtube

by strollerdos Following up on the first popularity contest, I wanted to check how popular these dancers are on YouTube… I used the 20 most popular from the google search numbers. Searching first for name and tango, then selecting the number of views from the most viewed video. Here are the results: 1 Julio Balmaceda 520,941 2 Juan Carlos Copes [Read More]

Under pressure

by notinponce Comparing tango with other dances, salsa for instance, some find the other dances so much fuller of life. Sparkling. Bubbling over of life and joy. Tango is rarely bubbling over. It is more self contained. Directing the energy inwards. More like boiling under pressure. More intensity and energy, but perhaps less visible. I remember so well one of my first times to a festival. As usual, people were going crazy on the dance floor, using brownian motion as the guiding principle. [Read More]

Yes honey, but is it tango?

Roy Lichtenstein: Girl with Ribbon (1965) There is always a lot of fuzz in the tango communities of the world about what is the right tango. And rightly so. There is good and there is bad tango. But in the middle of these heated arguments, we need to remind ourselves of one thing. Tango culture is rich. There is a lot of diversity in tango. Tango is not only dance. It is also music for listening. [Read More]

All you need to know about style

by DCCXLIX A lot can be said about styles in tango. More on that in later posts. All you need to know about styles is the following: Traditionally, we make a distinction between social tango (tango salón) and performances (tango fantasía). Tango salón In a milonga, good navigation and connection with your partner is very important, as is dancing with the rest of the dance floor, which in general means no high boleos, ganchos etc. [Read More]

Popularity contest: dancers@google

by geckoam Out of curiosity I started googling some more and less famous dancers, to compare popularity on the web. Some interesting results… Methodology: I simply searched for the complete name (exact phrase) as listed below and the word “tango” and made a note of the number of hits. Suggestions for improvements and important omissions are welcome. The ones best known by their first name or nickname are a bit tricky, but this is the result so far. [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]

It can be fun, too!

Just because tango can be deep and serious, doesn’t mean it can’t be a lot of fun, too.

I remember learning very early about the three musical genres: milonga was fun, tango serious and vals about love…

…so no coincidence that two out of three are milongas:

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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]

Roxana y Sebastián

I just found these videos with Roxana and Sebastián, aren’t they wonderful!

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