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.
From the “ministry of silly walks”, this week’s challenge is a different way of thinking while walking. As you are walking somewhere, think about pushing off into each step rather than arriving in each step. Think about launching instead of landing. You may want to try it the other way around to see the difference, but primarily focus on pushing off, and let your steps land where they need to. Explore how it feels and try different things at the same time to make your walk smooth.
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.
We decided to link our practice of tango movement with breath, to create intention
We know that what we do is different, a bit unconventional. When asked, “What is TangoBreath”, we explain a bit, and sometimes we get,”Cool! Yoga and tango!” other times we get “That sounds like a lot of work, I just want to learn some steps” or “I can practice that on my own”. There are a number of perspectives to take when looking at what we do. I thought it might be nice to give you our point of view.