Wednesday, 25 July 2007

Close Embrace

Close embrace is central to a lot of our dancing at Tango Salón, but we also recognise the need for flexibility, especially for some figures. There's been quite a bit of debate about close v. open embrace lately on the tango discussion board, tango-l , and these three excerpts from 22nd July are worth reading in full:

  • Ron has an interesting take on the intimacy of close embrace.
  • Nina says that "if you know how to hold a woman in your arms, then you might be able to learn this dance"
  • Polly says, "to please the woman, concentrate on the embrace, then the steps"
The close embrace is beautifully illustrated by Detlef & Melina in video clips recently recommended by:

  • Sue Butler, who suggested a clip featuring the couple dancing to two different versions of Corazón and, of course, dancing it differently. She added, "both are beautiful, but I really enjoyed the second one; it's just so slow and danced with such feeling for the music"
  • John Hayward's recommended clip is an illustration of "excellent walking techniques"

Bob

Sunday, 22 July 2007

Secret Men's (Tango) Business



………… aka “The gaining of insight!”
The dozen men who took part came up with some pretty interesting observations and have promised to be ultra-sensitive guys with their tango partners from now on. Here’s a selection:
In trust exercises:
“I didn’t know where I was going to be taken next, so I simply had to wait”
“When I relaxed my arm, I could feel the lead better”
“I needed to communicate the transition from one direction to another gradually and in advance”
In advances:
"I could feel the energy in his body when he wanted me to take a second step"
"I had to plan the lead for the stop as early and as carefully as I planned the lead for the advance"
"Whenever the leader hesitated even slightly, I felt it immediately."
Generally:
"In leading the ochos, timing is critical"
“Anticipation is the killer of improvisation”

“The follower doesn’t need to know the figure, just how to follow”
Bob

Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Interviews and video clips of tango legends

In this interview with Pedro (Tete) Rusconi and Silvia Ceriani, Tete talks about dancing as a young man and the old days in the milongas, the orchestras, music, & protecting the women. “… the music is tango; it’s not the steps …I don’t dance with my feet, I dance with my body …" You’ll get an idea of what he means by watching the aging milonguero at play in this vals.

Milena Plebs, a living legend in tango, reflects on her journey in tango, improvisation vs sequence of steps, and choreography. Her advice: “… take a longer time and more effort to explore the many possibilities each dance instance opens up ….. each (step) gives you the chance to break up the sequence with maybe two or three different alternatives …” A former, long-time tango partner of Miguel Angel Zotto, Milena dances this vals with Ezequiel Farfaro.
Bob.

Thursday, 5 July 2007

Keys to really dancing tango

Ever watched some magical tango being danced by masters and wondered what makes it so inspirational, when the "steps" they are executing appear so very simple? Well, take a look at some of the keys to really dancing tango, according to Keith Elshaw on ToTango, such as really feeling the music, "listening" to your partner and finding "the nuance of the suspension moment". Osvaldo Zotto and Lorena Ermocida illustrate just this at the historic Confiteria Ideal.
Pat.

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