Your growth in tango, in a broader sense, is about learning what you like, what makes you happy, what gives you pleasure but also a sense of becoming more you - or a better you. Tango is not only about learning how to dance and how to successfully interact with other people, it is also about giving priority to what you personally like. Tango is an extremely free environment that does not oblige you to anything, not even to follow its own loosely defined rules. It is not an institution. It is not a religion. It is not an organisation. And therefore everything about tango is only about your own choice: from teachers and dance partners to the way you look, where you go to dance, which music you dance to and so on. This freedom is also what makes tango so attractive and so rich in its various expressions. For me, all attempts to limit tango to one specific style or one particular type of movement go against the very spirit of tango.
There exists a belief in tango community that sounds something like this: “If I get to dance with better dancers, my dancing will improve much faster than if I only dance with people of my own level.” Or like this: “Experienced dancers should dance more with beginners. How are these poor souls supposed to learn if they are stuck with other beginners?” A female student leaving a class with the words: “Every new follower should be given a very good leader from the start! If we wait for these men here to become decent dancers, we will be waiting forever!”
I hear this statement all the time: “Leading is more difficult than following.” Sometimes apologetically, sometimes with the qualifier, “but just in the beginning and intermediate stages,” but always with the bottom line that leading intrinsically requires more skill, more thought, and more attention than following.
This might be okay if it were true, but it isn’t true, and this mistaken belief distorts the true nature of leading and following and leads to negative effects in our dance partnerships and in our communities.
So why is leading actually not more difficult? If leading is not more difficult, why does it seem to be? And what can we do to restore the balance?
Tracks for practicing the class material:
Week 1: Structure
Week 2: Internalizing Rhythms
Week 3: Catching a Break
Week 4: Unlocking Your Creativity
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Try Tango this Friday, it just might change your life...
Join us on Friday the 28th for a fun, casual night of practice & dancing. Our mission is to create a monthly event for people that are excited about growing, sharing and encouraging each other.
♥ 2 hours of Practice
♥ 2 hours of Milonga
DJ VILLANO will keep you dancing non-stop.
$12 at the door.
10852 Burbank Blvd
NoHo, CA 91601
For this once a year event, dancing will extend essentially all night long, with the milonga running from 9pm in the evening until 5am the following morning.
DJ Sabah from 9 pm - 1 am
DJ Vincent from 1 am - 5 am
As always, the event is held in beautiful Dabney Hall at Caltech.
Regular/Caltech Affiliate/Full time student with ID: $20/$15/$10
If you’re driving to Caltech, it’s best to park in one of the parking structures on campus (see map) -- DO NOT PARK ON THE STREET! (if you're staying past midnight) Otherwise, you will get ticketed at 2AM. The Caltech parking structures are free to park in for the entire marathon. The nominal address for Caltech is 1200 E California Blvd, which will take you to the southern edge of Caltech, and from there you can follow the map below. It’s about a 5 min walk from the parking structure to Dabney Hall.
Something about this 19th-century immigrant dance seems to flip people's worlds upside-down; the beauty of improvising one of the world’s most complex dances with another human being is a beautiful and extraordinary experience that has earned its reputation for being notoriously addictive.
TANGO 101 INTENSIVE WORKSHOP:
In this workshop you will learn the essentials to get started leading, following and connecting to the music and your partner. It's a summary of the first 2 months of the Tango 100 curriculum for anyone who's never danced Tango before, but also for the experienced Tango dancer to go back and clean up their basics.
What an amazing group of people! Thank you everyone!
A tango message from Chicho Frumboli translated and shared by Julia Schiptsova.
What an amazing evening!!! Thank you ALL for coming out and making the Holiday Milonga SUCH a lovely event. Amy!!! You truly rock girl! Your music was fantastic! See you all for more unforgettable experiences in 2017! Here, the last survivors:
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – join us as we celebrate the end of our second LA Tango Academy year and ring in the season with a very special night loaded with juicy tangos, holiday cortinas & refreshments (...including Glögg & festive desserts!)
Wear your favorite holiday costume and dance the night away with new and old friends.
Doors open at 8:00p.
Dec 23 | 8pm-midnight | 10852 Burbank Blvd, CA 91601
Hugging releases oxytocin and dopamine, meaning that hugs lower stress levels, blood pressure, and heart rate, and they make us happy. They also make us trust and care for each other more, strengthening our relationships and personal connections. In fact, scientists (who are apparently getting around waaaaay more than I thought) recommend hugging for at least twenty seconds, eight times a day.