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Posted by on Jan 6, 2012 in Article, Beginning, Concepts, Visualization | 0 comments

Intention, Dynamic Tension, and the Line of Gravity.

Intention, Dynamic Tension, and the Line of Gravity.

Dynamic Tension, done well, it is what one friend calls “Jedi Tango”

There are several terms that are regularly used when teaching or learning Argentine tango that are very ambiguous and at the same time very important.  “Grounding” and “Intention” are two of the hardest to comprehend or do, without some specific idea of what to do in your own body and without experiencing how they should and should not feel in a partner.

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Posted by on Jan 3, 2012 in Article, Beginning, Concepts | 0 comments

Teaching and Learning Argentine Tango from a Different Perspective

We believe, instead, that everyone has to learn the same things, regardless of role.

In the last post I talked about the common expectations and perspectives that new students of tango have or are commonly exposed to, a perspective that focuses on steps and isolating “followers” and “leaders” technique, claiming that they have different learning curves.  This approach can often leave students frustrated and does not give them the opportunity in the beginning to feel the beautiful connection and expression that keeps us all coming back to the dance.

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Posted by on Dec 22, 2011 in Article, Beginning, Concepts | 0 comments

Expectations, misconceptions, and perspectives on learning Argentine tango

The questionable argument is that, in the beginning, leaders have a steeper learning curve than followers.

In the process of my own learning, and now, again as we are helping new beginners to learn tango, I am questioning the way many of us have been taught and the perspectives that new dancers have, or are taught to have, shortly after they begin learning Argentine tango.

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Posted by on Nov 15, 2011 in Article, Concepts, Uncategorized, Visualization | 0 comments

How we think affects the way we move

Visualization enables the best movement and posture possible

TangoBreath has made us very conscious of how we describe the Argentine tango movements we are guiding.  It is crucial to be concise in our presentation – the evolution of which is well understood by our attendees.  How we think, and what we think, has a profound affect on the way we move. We are fortunate that discussions and feedback following TangoBreath are revealing new ways of verbally describing tango movements and various visualizations that individuals have used to conceptualize – and physically embed – the core technique of Argentine tango.  Likewise, in our own practice, we have come to find our own ways of visualizing and comprehending movement.

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Posted by on Nov 10, 2011 in Article, Concepts, History | 0 comments

Learning to question in order to learn

To teach well is to question thoroughly

Yesterday, a lovely and inspiring woman, Sasha Cagen, from the San Francisco area wrote us, inquiring about our ways of teaching tango movement after having attended TangoBreath when she visited Asheville this summer.  Eric and I were perplexed at first about how to respond.  Explaining how to teach is a giant step from actually teaching.  There are so many subtle ways in which our teaching, and learning, has evolved in TangoBreath, from a word we might use to a way in which we physically adjust people.  And there is so much, still, for us to learn.

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