Category Archives: Milonga

The good and bad news about finding my dance

connection

After successfully setting aside my dance inhibitions in yesterday’s practica and lesson, it was now time for the real test: how well this would work in a milonga!

The good news is that the answer is … very well indeed. The bad news is that it comes with a caveat: with the right conditions …

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More crossed crossing, and some counter-clockwise circling

crossing

I was feeling relaxed about tonight’s improver class, as the cross in cross system was essentially working yesterday (when I remembered to do the leader-only weight-change, doh!). So tonight would be a chance to work on my technique.

After that, my plan was an hour’s dance in the milonga, then trying to recruit a few volunteers to help me practice my giros in the practica from 9pm …

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Mad dogs and Englishmen …

spitalfields tango

There is something special about dancing outdoors. My introduction to the art had been in a Hyde Park bandstand in April, followed by Spitalfields in May. Another visit to the latter yesterday maintained my newly-established ‘one outdoor milonga per month’ tradition.

It was a very warm day, with temperatures in the 24-26C range, but at least there was a bit of a breeze with it …

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Actitude, Pugliese and following the follower

following the follower

I realised today there’s quite a difference in musicality between what I do in solo practice at home with Mrs Mop, and what I do in milongas. Part of that is entirely understandable: at home, there are few demands on my attention dollar. I normally decide in advance what types of movement I’ll be practicing, so I can spend 50 cents each on technique and musical interpretation.

In a milonga, of course, my partner and the navigation need a lot of my attention, and usually I’m deciding on the fly what movements to lead, but there’s another factor …

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Three workshops in a day – or not winding down quite yet …

speed

As I mentioned last time, my plan to tone things down doesn’t kick in quite yet. Today had two afternoon Tango Better workshops with visiting teachers Fausto Carpino & Stephanie Fesneau, followed by an evening Tango Space one on the milonga rhythym.

The first workshop was on Connection and lead, which sounded like it could be relied on to be exploring fundamentals rather then requiring me to learn new steps. The same wasn’t going to be true of Milonguero Turns, but they did make learning the steps very easy …

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A relaxed milonga, and a plan to tone things down

relaxed

It could be said that a case might be made for the possibility of formulating the bare bones of an argument somewhat suggestive of the idea that I may have been taking my tango schedule to something of an excess.

Mounting a defence against this accusation would be a little tricky in a week in which I was initially scheduled to have nine group classes, a practica and a milonga …

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Momentum in lead and follow

Momentum

I signed-up for an interesting-looking workshop with a teacher about whom Steph seemed enthusiastic. I hadn’t made the connection, but this turned out to be because the teacher, Veronica Toumanova, was the author of Why Tango – and Steph knew I’d enjoyed the book.

The workshop was called Using momentum to lead and follow, and it started well …

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