The tyranny of novelty

by Jacob Bøtter The man who has journeyed all over the world can't find any novelty in five thousand miles, for he finds only new things -- yet another novelty, the old routine of the forever new -- while his abstract concept of novelty got lost at sea after the second new thing he saw. _The Book of Disquiet (171) by Fernando Pessoa_ As in fashion, people in dance seem always to be chasing the new black. [Read More]

Cheek to cheek

Heaven, I'm in Heaven, And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak; And I seem to find the happiness I seek When we're out together dancing, cheek to cheek. Heaven, I'm in Heaven, And the cares that hang around me thro' the week Seem to vanish like a gambler's lucky streak When we're out together dancing, cheek to cheek. Oh! I love to climb a mountain, And to reach the highest peak, But it doesn't thrill me half as much As dancing cheek to cheek. [Read More]

Tango magazines -- preparing for Buenos Aires

Some of our students are going to Buenos Aires tomorrow. Oh the memories… I made sure they were equipped with the latest editions of El tangauta and B.A. Tango, giving a good overview over the happenings in November and December. They were always hard to get, even if they are given away for free, it could easily take a couple of weeks before we got hold of an issue. Now, they are available online, and one can prepare for the first week at home or on the plane down there. [Read More]

12 Tangos -- Adios Buenos Aires

The documentary 12 tangos was just released in international version on DVD. It is a documentary, and the Adios Buenos Aires part of the title is somehow more accurate with regards to the content of the film. If you are looking for the Buena Vista Social Club of tango, you will be disappointed. There are no interviews with musicians, and only a few of the oldtimers participate in the orchestra. [Read More]

Waiting for the right moment

by just.Luc -I see a lot of men are not dancing. They can't manage to dance when the floor is so full of people. -It may not be because of lack of ability. It may be because they enjoy the dance more when the floor is not packed and they can more around the floor in their dance. Maybe they are waiting for their favorite music. [Read More]

How I started DJing

by AllegaertMe When I started dancing tango, the “milonga” was in a café where we basically heard the same double cd over and over and over. In general, everybody knew exactly what song came next and started humming on the next song before it started. Knowing the music is all good, but, well… -I guess I would start djing, was the dry comment from an American dancer we met in Bs As a few years ago when I told this story. [Read More]

Shut up and listen! (II)

by Carol Esther My previous post got me going on the habit that some dancers have of talking while dancing. Just stop it, ok? How can you possibly be listening to the music when you are talking at the same time? The conversation is going on in the dance, remember? And even if you somehow manage to do both at the same time, you are disturbing the others on the floor. [Read More]

Shut up and listen!

by !borghetti Johanna wonders about the negative connotations of “following”. There is nothing wrong with following, following is crucial to make the dance work, and that is no simple task. The problem is being assigned the role of simply following, being the “follow(er)”. Or should I say reduced to follower. Just as there is nothing wrong with listening, but being assigned the role of being the listener is somehow limiting. [Read More]