Tonight the Tango Space milonga was my Little Angel

Angel

Los Angelitos is normally my dream milonga. Lots of slow music, and plenty of followers who enjoy it as much as I do. This past Sunday, however, was a relative disappointment.

But the Tango gods made it up to me by giving me my usual Los Angelitos experience at the Tuesday Tango Space milonga instead. This is usually a really good experience, but generally doesn’t hit the heights of LA; tonight it did …

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A Diego-engineered turn, and no wonder my barrida was messy!

engineered turn

There’s a turn I saw once in a Pablo and Anne video and which I’ve seen several times in milongas, and it always struck me as one I ought to learn as it had three characteristics I liked.

First, it looked like it would feel really nice for the follower. Second, it seemed a very practical tool for a milonga, as it allowed a significant turn in a relatively small space.┬áThird, it seemed rather simple. Two of these things turned out to be true …

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A mixed day, but began and ended on a high note, so calling it good

mixed day

Today was a rather a mixed day. Started well, went downhill and looked like it wasn’t going to get any better, but was rescued in the end.

It began with the unofficial practica, which we’re currently hosting at home while the numbers permit. There were eight of us today, which was a full house. This included Steph, who joined us as a leader …

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Engineering my giro technique, and a great way to end them

giros

My tango engineer, Diego Bado, was back in town, and I had the first of two privates with him today. We started by just dancing so he could give me his current assessment of where my focus should be, and after that we would work on my giro technique.

He complimented me on my musicality, but then we were straight into the long list of technique issues on which I need to work …

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Feeling at home in the Thursday intermediate class

feeling at home

I’ve long said what I really wanted from intermediate classes was not additional vocabulary, but work on technique within my existing vocabulary. Quality, not quantity, of movement.

Tonight’s* Tango Space class seemed to be promising exactly that …

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A really useful hiphop-free practica, and a crowded but fantastic milonga

lengthy blog post

Yeah, this is another lengthy blog post. You know the drill: grab a cup of tea or glass of wine before reading …

Some might argue that a 2-hour practica, 90-minute group class and 3-hour milonga is a touch enthusiastic. Indeed, an unkind person might be tempted to suggest this has shades of a return to The Crazy Days.

Especially as I was doing all of this instead of going to a friend’s birthday party, but then she is a tango teacher so is understanding of the early-stage addiction to all things tango …

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Getting better at the fast stuff …

the fast stuff

My approach to milonga tandas has so far been to try to cabeceo someone for the third song, on the basis that my single-time steps and rebounds are fun for one song but too boring for three.

Since mostly getting the hang of the six-step pattern, which feels more varied than it is, I was toying with the idea of upgrading to two songs. After this workshop, I may even risk an entire milonga tanda …

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