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Friday, September 26, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Relaxation = Dynamic Tango

From time to time I get the pleasure of dancing with a follower who is completely relaxed, (they seem to be few and far between, at least around these parts) when I say relaxed what I mean is that they maintain their core (No noodle bodies please) but allow their hips and legs freedom to build torsion. This is paramount to disassociation and dynamic movement. I would compare it, if you will allow me, to the difference between hitting an rock on the ground with a stick, and hitting a golf ball with a three hundred dollar driver, guess which one will give you the most pleasure (not to mention the issue of distance and control).

The opposite of what I have described above would be a follower who kills this freedom of motion by tightening the major muscles of her lower extremities (translation; You can't dance tango with a stick up your a--!), or a follower who is trying to "do something" with her feet/legs.


Don't get me wrong, I am all for both partners adding to the dance and the feeling of the dance, expression is everything and key to mutual enjoyment, I think that each of the partners major goal should be giving themselves to the other (becoming "one" with each other and the music) the follower is the diamond the leader is the ring.

As an example

http://tangostudent.blogspot.com/2008/09/boleo-embrace.html



Monday, September 22, 2008

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Arce-Montes leading to open position - lesson

These two are incredible!





This is what I am working toward (quality of movement).

Their website is

http://www.tango-renaissance.com/