Some Interesting Reading/Viewing Elsewhere

by Smath. Not much time to write at the moment, here are some interesting posts that you might enjoy that I want to keep track of for later for my own sake: Interesting interview with Chicho Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 Quite an interesting read. I could relate very well to his comments on why teachers don’t necessarily dance all the time at festivals. Apparently many people in my local community have difficulties understanding this. [Read More]

Mickey Mousing

It seems to be spreading, a new way of interpreting music in tango. Every so often I hear people rave about some couple’s outstanding musicality and more often than not it translates to their mimicking every little plink and plonk in the music with a corresponding movement. Naturally, it requires good knowledge of the song to do this, but does it really demonstrate such great musicality? I once heard this way of dancing called Mickey Mousing, as it was like this music was often used in animations, many from the 1930s and the 1940s. [Read More]

The Music Instinct

You know more about music than you think. You start picking up the rules from the day you are born, yes even before. And part of what makes music enjoyable is this knowledge of what to expect and the delight when your expectations are fulfilled, or some times bent a little before they find resolution. This is part of the message of a fascinating book about music, The Music Instinct by Philip Ball, (read reviews for instance in The Economist, or in The Guardian) a book that I finally had time to finish reading this week-end. [Read More]

What does it mean to dance with 'good musicality'?

by mhowry Tango dancers often discuss the importance of dancing to the music, having ‘good musicality’ etc. But what exactly does it mean to dance musically? I tried noting some possibilities, and since some are very basic, while other are more advanced (and should be used sparingly). I tried to classify them within the usual trichotomy of beginner/intermediate/advanced, thinking that you have to know the very basics, and you should master basically everything in the intermediate before venturing out into the advanced concepts. [Read More]

The structure of a tango, choreography and how it might improve your dancing

by aperte If you prefer your naïve, pure emotional interpretation of the tango, you might not want to read this. If, on the other hand you think that knowing a little about how tango music is organized might increase the breadth or depth of your musical appreciation, then this could be for you. Like Tangocommuter writes in the discussion of how a tango became approximately three minutes long, a prototypical tango has the structure ABA: [Read More]


by Kanaka’s Paradise Life in Hawaii If you have to ask, you will never know. _Luis Armstrong when asked 'what is jazz?'_ –You see, that is not the way to make it ‘swing’ in tango. I was looking out onto the group of people standing around us with question marks painted all over their faces. –Well, I don’t know the right word, but the corresponding to swing in tango. [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]