Classes and entertainment

Why do people take classes? When I first started out in tango, I assumed people attended to classes to learn how to dance or to improve their dance, learning steps or improving technique or other skills. How naïve. After several years more, I have discovered that people take classes for a variety of reasons, some of which I find perfectly reasonable, others I still cannot really understand. The good reasons are: [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]

More on less

I just read an interview with this year’s campeones, Daniel Nacucchio & Cristina Sosa (congratulations, and nice to see Neri & Yanina did well also :-) - Well, he quoted old milonguero wisdom: El que menos hace, a veces es el que hace más Which means something like, the one who does less, sometimes is the one that does more. (Forgive my translation, neither Spanish nor English is my native language). [Read More]

Passing judgement

It seems to be a popular activity among tango enthusasts, dissing all the dancers you don’t really like, especially teachers of course, and explain what everybody else does wrong. (Of course, we all do everything right ourselves ;-) Sometimes it gets a bit out of hand, and can spread some negative energy, in particular when there is disagreement of who is in and who is out on a table at the milonga or in a small community. [Read More]

More or less?

To quote Mies van der Rohe, less is more. As in architecture, this is very true in tango, I think. I was always accused of being subtle in my dancing (I always suspected it to be a euphemism for unclear, vague or not present). To my great surprise, after many years learning to dance the milonga - yes learning the milonga, more on this later - one of the things I really had to work on being more subtle. [Read More]

Clichés

Ever since I started dancing, the topic of tango clichés has fascinated me. The rose in mouth, castanets, head flicks, dramatic poses are all parts of what usually pops into people’s heads when they hear the word tango. Where did they come from, and why did they stick? Going through a lot of Hollywood production at least gives a partial answer, and Rudolph Valentino is one of the people to blame, the rose in mouth appears in the film Blood and sand, where he plays a bullfighter, while the film he dances the tango is _Four horsemen of the apocalypse. [Read More]

Gavito Dixit

Gavito Dixit I ¿Bailaste el tango de tu vida esta noche? No bailes más… El tangauta #129 Gavito Dixit II El tango está entre paso y paso, allí donde se escuchan los silencios y cantan las musas. El tangauta #130 Gavito Dixit III El hombre debe saber que baila para ella,y al hacerlo, hace que ella se vea como una reina. Sólo así será el rey. El tangauta #131 [Read More]