On Style

by tdietmut To do a dull thing with style--now **that's** what I call art. _Charles Bukowski_ Few topics stir as much emotion among tango people as that of styles… My style is better than yours, my teacher is stronger than yours, people dancing like this are like that… Or equally frustrating, claiming that styles do not exist. We all dance tango, only the others don’t get it… [Read More]

The paradox of style

Exactitude 56We strive to stand out with our own style. Distinctive. Not being part of the masses. Not so easy. Photos from Exactitudes by Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek.

My name is Tango

by Alex Basnett The neverending discussions of styles in tango often leave me baffled, as the idea that one is to choose one of a small number of predefined styles seems perpendicular to my idea of tango. Which is it going to be? Traditional or modern? We have to remember that tango is a quite modern dance – it always was. And no book deals better with the issue of style and the clash of modern and traditional than My name is red by Orhan Pamuk, the author was awarded the Nobel price of literature. [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]