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 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, … Continue reading Engineering my giro technique, and a great way to end them
I had to work late, meaning I would – shock! – not make it there for the start of the Tuesday Tango Space milonga. Steph teases me about wanting to be at milongas when they start (she’s very French about these things), but I like to be there early for one of two reasons. One, … Continue reading The tango gods are still my friends
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
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!
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
Tonight was my best tango experience yet! The evening began with the Tuesday improver’s class, on the cross in cross system. Yesterday I’d been having mixed success with this, as I’m new to walking in cross system anyway. Tonight was still mixed success, but weighted more to the success side of the scales …
After loving Diego Bado’s teaching in the Follower’s Liberation class, I knew I had to get a private lesson with him before he left London. It’s amazing how much a good teacher can pack into a one-hour lesson! But let’s start at the beginning …
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!
Everyone says it’s only a matter of time. Take up tango, and at some point you’re going to want to go to Buenos Aires. I’m fortunate enough to have some local guides. Steph has been before, so knows her way around a bit – and, handily, speaks Spanish. Diego kindly gave us a literal day-by-day milonga … Continue reading Next stop, Buenos Aires!