Dancing the exercises, and three levels of collaborative dance

I wrote last time about my challenge with motivation. About the wonderful theory of lockdown being the perfect time to hone our technique, and the less wonderful practice of dancing feeling like such a distant dream it’s hard to maintain the motivation. I had figured out one thing that helped a little with technique exercises … Continue reading Dancing the exercises, and three levels of collaborative dance

My nine-month appraisal – a rather different beast to my six-month one

Three months ago, I gave myself my six-month appraisal, and made what I felt at the time was a level-headed decision: So I think that’s where I’m at with it. A year of lessons, culminating in a trip to Buenos Aires. If I call it a day at that point, I’ve experienced a whole new … Continue reading My nine-month appraisal – a rather different beast to my six-month one

Musicality workshop #3 of 4: The delightfully mundane secret to a collaborative dance!

Tonight’s musicality class was all about collaborative dance: Response to our partner. To agree, to change, to add. To me, the transition from me leading everything to a collaborative dance is one of the most exciting prospects. I’d previously seen this as a very advanced skill, one where I’d have to develop my own dance … Continue reading Musicality workshop #3 of 4: The delightfully mundane secret to a collaborative dance!

One small step for man and woman, one giant leap for their tango

I love technique workshops, because the changes you make as a result of them are often tiny, but the payoff can be huge. The seemingly infinite amount of refinement possible with the tango fundamentals is really quite astonishing. The walk is the obvious example, but as today’s workshop demonstrated, the same is true of the … Continue reading One small step for man and woman, one giant leap for their tango

Follower’s liberation – and this leader’s too!

Every now and then, Steph tries to persuade me to do a class which is clearly aimed at a much higher level than my own. It’s not normally as crazy as it seems, as I’ve noticed that advanced classes run by visiting teachers are often wholly or mostly technique focused, so it wouldn’t be a … Continue reading Follower’s liberation – and this leader’s too!