Understanding the physics of the tango walk
Walking to tonight’s Tango Space lesson, it occurred to me that I could use ordinary walking as practice. Not a full-on tango walk through Waterloo (though I have been known to do that on an empty DLR platform, which I’m sure amused someone on the other end of a CCTV feed), but just practicing really pushing into the ground. And in doing so, I solved a mystery that had been bugging me for a while.
The first time I ever really got that part of the walk right, Steph could instantly feel it, and Mariano could immediately see it. Yet I couldn’t figure out how that could be. How could something that happened purely inside my own body be not only felt but seen … ?
Continue reading Learning in the street, and the cross
When I started this blog, I was mostly doing it as a diary for myself. I figured a few tango friends might enjoy reading it, hence making it a blog. It’s much the same reasoning as the Journeys section of my website: mostly I enjoy reliving the experiences, and interested friends effectively view it as a kind of extended Facebook post.
So I’ve been surprised to see from the logs that the blog gets over a thousand visits a month. I think readers fall into one of four categories …
Continue reading Enter the parada (with a glimpse of sacada in the distance)
… one giant leap for his tango!
Today I had a 90-minute lesson with Bridgitta, in which I worked on the medio giro, then into a full giro.
Everyone told me that once you have one pivot, others become far easier – and they were absolutely right. Everyone also told me that from a medio giro to a full giro is really straightforward, and that too turned out to be the case …
Continue reading One small pivot for man …
Another lesson with Maeve, as usual starting with working on my walk, and then moving on this time to the medio giro.
I’d been introduced to three different versions of this between Mariano and two Tango Space lessons. One of the three was easier to remember than the other two, so we worked on that one. (Oddly, it wasn’t the simplest version.)
This reinforced my previous learning: it’s not about the exact steps; these can vary. Whenever I stop worrying about exactly what my feet are doing and focus on the overall shape of the movement, things work much more smoothly. Which is a paradox of tango I’ll return to shortly …
Continue reading A tentative tick for the medio giro, and the missing ingredient