Trying Tango y Nada Mas for the first time; a lesson in levels

A couple of my Ms had both suggested I try a new school: Tango y Nada Mas. They run three classes, all on a Monday evening: fundamentals, improver/technique and intermediate/advanced – followed by a one-hour practica. The plan was to try the improver/technique class, have a drink with M while we sat out the intermediate/advanced … Continue reading Trying Tango y Nada Mas for the first time; a lesson in levels

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

Getting the last piece in my ‘simple, musical dance’ jigsaw puzzle

This week has been an eventful one in my tango journey! On Monday, deciding to finally put Pablo’s actitude advice into practice, and set aside my inhibited Brit persona during dance – and immediately seeing how well this worked even in a class. On Tuesday, verifying that I can actually do this in a milonga, albeit … Continue reading Getting the last piece in my ‘simple, musical dance’ jigsaw puzzle

Where next?

Now that I have a clear focus for my tango, and the necessary reassurance that it’s a good idea, it seemed a good time to look at where my learning should go from here. At the end of the current Tango Space cycle, I’ll have completed it twice, at mixed levels …

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

An amazing private, a lovely dinner and two last milongas

Private lesson 3 with Laura Heredia My third and final private was another with Laura, and it was an absolutely amazing one! Half of it was devoted to technique, the other half to more simple tools for use in crowded milongas and to give me more options for expressing the music. We worked on the … Continue reading An amazing private, a lovely dinner and two last milongas

A relaxed afternoon at the DNI Practica and La Maria Rolera milonga

I got as far as the hotel lobby then had to go back upstairs for my sunglasses; seems I’d forgotten what it was like to leave the hotel in daylight. I’d originally planned to go to La Maria Rolera to see how it compared to its sister milonga on Tuesday, but Diego was insistent I had … Continue reading A relaxed afternoon at the DNI Practica and La Maria Rolera milonga