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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Gum Chewing

At a recent workshop with Evan Griffiths one of the exercises was to vary the amount of concentration between your partner and yourself.

The woman I was paired with was chewing gum the entire exercise, this to me indicated that she was only going through the motions and really didn't care to connect with me (or anyone) at all.

I've danced with this woman before and never really felt a good connection, and I've watched her dance with others and noticed that her dance lacked something no matter who she was dancing with. Now I know the rest of the story.

I guess my grade school teacher was right, gum chewing is very inconsiderate, especially while dancing Tango(or making love).

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Live Orquesta Tipica!!!! (or Bill Takes a Musical Tour of Heaven)

Orquesta Tipica D'Irelandia

Last night at the Merc. I think I died and went to heaven!

Look for me dancing in the crowd at 0:58, 1:20, 3:20
Five Bandoneons

Five violins




and even a Trumpet, played one of the people responsible for my own tango Journey, Scott Betts.

(there may have been even more instruments than this, but I was blinded by the incredible sound)

After the live music an incredible DJ, John Miller.

and an amazing, outrageous, performance by Nick and Amy that had me rolling on the floor!

Nick really knows how to throw a party!

This festival is going to be one of the best in the country, I can tell already!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Sometimes it Gets a Little Steamy in Here!

Some people say that Tango is not a sexual experience.

They Aren't Doing it Right!

(Some of the best dances I've had didn't happen at a milonga or a practica)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Territory

New Territory

I've decided to explore following further in order to learn more about leading.

This should be interesting.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Few Thoughts on Your Feet

1. Your foot is about 6 or 7 inches long from the heel to the balls of the foot.

2. By landing on the heel and transferring your weight to the balls of your feet you move your axis forward (or backwards) by that distance, assuming that you keep your axis over your foot.

3. Your follower is doing the opposite of what you are doing when she is walking backwards (landing with weight on the balls of her feet first and transferring weight to her heel) as indicated by your lead.

4. If you try and put your weight on your toe first (as a leader) you are effectively telling your partner to put weight on her heel as well as stopping the indication that you want to continue forward motion. If that is what you are trying to achieve this is one good way of doing that.

5. Followers should use their heels (as opposed to keeping weight solely on the balls of their feet all of the time) to avoid serious foot problems and possible injury.

6. Pivots should be done with the follower while her weight is on the balls of her foot.

7. As a leader you are responsible to make both of these things happen as required for what you are trying to lead.

8. During single axis turns (when the follower is keeping her shoulders with yours) the follower needs to have her weight on the balls of her feet while her axis is leaning away from the axis of the turn, knees must be bent at least slightly for these things to occur at the same time.