Evolution?

I hear it every so often: that tango technique, especially for women, has gone through a tremendous evolution since the resurgence in the early 1980s. Let’s just say I’m not quite convinced. Watch this clip from the 1988 movie Tango Bar, and draw your own conclusions.

Necessary

by OpenThreads Breaking the dance of tango down to its smallest parts is a popular exercise. Why stop at forward-side-back-steps? What it really comes down to is one simple concept. If you can do it, you can tango. Or at least you need to be able to do it to dance it. Standing on one leg. For a week-end class, we had one student with some condition that made it impossible for her to stand on one leg. [Read More]

Up and down

by Scott Ableman -Have you been practicing tango nuevo? Guilty as charged. He knew immediately. And it was not because I used an open embrace, we were practicing milonga, using a very confined embrace. I often wonder why people get so hang up on the somewhat arbitrary distinction between open and close embrace (all teachers, both “nuevo” and others usually promote very close embrace at times, but for some figures it is not possible to maintain the closest embrace. [Read More]

Boleos helados

by Hettie McFarlane Limerick’s post on boleos made me think of the concept of boleos helados, or frozen boleos. I went to a workshop with Chicho and Lucía a couple of years back, and while the frozen boleos were sort of fun, it ruins your boleo technique if you shape your boleos that way. Methinks. The intrigueing thing about boleos is their free flowing unmanaged quality. Or as Limerick says: [Read More]

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]