Balance is just technique – working with Diego on the calesita

When it comes to resolving my tangistential crisis, Filippo had given me a way forward which seemed to be working. Namely, take one element of my less-used vocabulary at a time, and figure out alternative resolutions for every step. Practicing those would then give me the confidence to use them in crowded milongas, knowing that … Continue reading Balance is just technique – working with Diego on the calesita

A great workshop, and a delightful compliment from Diego

Today was quite a long day. It started with a severe hangover thanks to dinner with friends on Friday night (where there was Drunk Tango), then the anti-Brexit march. It ended with an 8-10pm workshop with a teacher recommended by some experienced dancer friends, Veronica Vazquez. I’ve done a number of workshops which were billed as … Continue reading A great workshop, and a delightful compliment from Diego

The only leader is the music: A joyful Feast

Felipe Martinez recently talked about the difference between danceable music and music which moves you, literally and figuratively. I think that’s a good way of describing what is, to me, the difference between rhythmic and lyrical tango. I’d expected the work I was doing on double-time to increase my enjoyment of rhythmic music. It has, … Continue reading The only leader is the music: A joyful Feast

Double-time in pivots in a great private with Laura, and an impromptu video interview

I’m a little behind on the blogs now, in part because of working, and in part because I accidentally created another little project for myself while I was here! I really haven’t gotten the hang of holidays. I said before that Diego and Laura have proven the perfect teaching duo, even though they have been … Continue reading Double-time in pivots in a great private with Laura, and an impromptu video interview

The departure of La Tiñaorita, and arrival of Los Italianos

Today we were sad to bid farewell to Tina. I did so at 4am before going to bed; Steph accidentally did so at 7am, as we’d made the tactical error of failing to pass Tina‘s number to Laura’s dad, aka her taxi driver. But we were very happy to welcome Maria and Antonio, who we … Continue reading The departure of La Tiñaorita, and arrival of Los Italianos

“Sorry, I’m really tired: I won’t be coming out until after midnight”

There are certain things which only make sense in Buenos Aires. To anyone who has visited, this will make perfect sense: you’re tired from lack of sleep due to last night’s milonga, so you go for a nap in the evening and wake up around midnight ready for your next one. Repeat daily. Or on … Continue reading “Sorry, I’m really tired: I won’t be coming out until after midnight”