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Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Paradox of Tango

It's not what you do, but how you do it!

We've all heard this golden advice of course.

The thing is, you want to make your dance memorable to the people you dance with (I'm going for in a good way), the point is that the next time they see you in the Milonga or at a festival in the future the person will say to themselves, "Oh yeah, I remember that person, I've got to get a dance with them!".

Everyone out there is embracing their partner, so your embrace must be developed so that it is unusually fine, unforgettably giving, totally connected, and not harsh in any way.

Everyone out there is dancing to the same music, so you must have a unique interpretation of the music, something that will, make your partner smile, or sigh, or make their heart skip a beat.

If you are leading, your followers should feel that you willed them to go where you wanted by some mysterious power, or that you could read their minds, or they yours.

If you are following the same idea in reverse.

These are just thoughts and ideals but it is something to strive for, every once in a while you will get a dance like that and you know that you are making progress.

These are the simplest things, and yet the most difficult, that is the paradox of Tango.