More basics, more presence, more musicality and one more milonga

Of course, getting the final piece in my vocabulary jigsaw puzzle doesn’t mean that I can rest on my laurels for a while. Indeed, having made the decision to stick to simple, musical dance, then that puts all the focus on my technique! The idea of today’s private with Julia and Fede, then, was just … Continue reading More basics, more presence, more musicality and one more milonga

Musicality workshop #4 of 4: The emotional and human side of musicality

The official title of the final musicality workshop was The freedom of expression. The emotional and the human side of musicality in tango. Olga said last week that it would be all about finding our own personality in the dance. I’ve written at length about where I think I’m headed, but I was very curious to … Continue reading Musicality workshop #4 of 4: The emotional and human side of musicality

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!

Ballet fitness, musicality, and a truly shared dance

Ballet fitness class You’ve got the tango bug pretty bad when a friend talks you into doing a ballet fitness class. Bridgitta’s argument was that ballet training offers a lot of benefits for dancing tango. It was hard to argue against this given that I’d already booked a ballet taster class next month for exactly … Continue reading Ballet fitness, musicality, and a truly shared dance

Tango on the Thames tangasms, with giros and counter-giros – and accidental ganchos

As with Spitalfields, I’d first seen Tango on the Thames long before I danced; stood and watched for a while, and thought of it as one of those delightfully eccentric English things done by people who aren’t me. It was an incredibly hot day, 32C ambient, and more in the sun. We estimated when the … Continue reading Tango on the Thames tangasms, with giros and counter-giros – and accidental ganchos