Daniela Interviewed on Joe’s Tango Podcast

Daniela Interviewed on Joe’s Tango Podcast

Daniela Interviewed on Joe’s Tango Podcast. I am so excited to be one of the guests interviewed on Joe’s Tango Podcast.  While in Boston Joe contacted me. He and I have some friends in common, as you can imagine in the tango world! I was delighted by the introduction by fellow dancer, Yumiko from San Francisco. Joe explains the goal of his podcast:

This podcast is for Argentine tango students who are starting to fall in love with the dance. We feature interviews with internationally renown tango instructors, event organizers, and musicians…all with the goal of gaining deeper insights into the dance. Tango is a lifelong journey, and the knowledge we gain from these conversations is designed to help challenge and motivate those seeking to improve.

It’s a little long but hopefully you will enjoy some insights and tidbits. He asked a variety of questions ranging from remembering my first performance to talking about the role of the follower in the dance. I received a comment from a fellow dancer that she enjoyed the interview because she could relate to so many points. So that’s nice to hear! Send me your thoughts!

In the meantime I’m now in Austin, TX. You can find me here through the end of the year!

Click here to listen to my Interview on Joe’s Tango Podcast and check out the other interviews while you’re there!

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Scapula Affecting Posture and Embrace

Are your scapula affecting your posture and your embrace?

I am convinced that the form of our bodies, our auto-body-graphy, really shapes how we dance and also how we teach dance. If I am tall or short or wide or whatever will greatly impact how I move. It will also have an affect on how I embrace. We know that there could be other factors influencing embrace but what I want to talk about today is a phenomenon that I see and experience in Tango, which is a posture with scapula close together.

Where / what are your scapula?

They are the lovely triangular shaped bones on your back that are your “wings”! They connect your upper arm (humerus) to your clavicle.

The shoulder girdle is very dynamic and complex. Just take a moment to imagine all the different things you can do with this part of your body. Attaching to the arms and sliding along the ribcage (at your back) they assist in so many different actions: pushing, pulling, lifting, throwing, carrying, holding. Yes, those actions are done with your arms but try them and see if you can feel your scapula moving too. They move when you shrug, possibly deeply sigh, if you’re cold and your shoulders move to your ears … you get the picture!

Shoulders Back

So for the sake of “good posture” people have lifted their chest – thrusting their ribs forward and forcing the shoulders back, pinching the scapulae. There are about 17 different muscles that attach to the scapula allowing for the movement in your shoulder girdle: allowing you to “stand up straight”, “stop slouching”, “pull your shoulders back”. Yes, culture helps to shape us too! So how does this affect our dancing? Happy you asked!

What I have been feeling with some leaders and followers is that with the scapula pinching or moving towards each other, the arms pull me into them or the arms are not being used at all, which leaves me trying to find my place in this embrace that is not a circle and leaves me being pushed. I guess one way to counteract would be to assume the same position and push back into my leader but this would, as I say in the video below, would put me in a position to greatly damage my spine and other muscles as well as put extra pressure into my other joints, as in my knees. Not to mention being off axis.

Again, the most efficient use of the body is one that doesn’t stress it and uses it dynamically. I’m not advocating dancing one way but if the one way is 1) causing you pain or your partner pain 2) is not allowing you to execute figures dynamically and efficiently, well, maybe there’s a better way!

Here’s my video blog. Let me know your thoughts! Leave me your comments and discoveries!

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European Tango Vacations Announcement

I am excited to announce – your EUROPEAN Tango VACATION! 

Is attending a big internationally recognized festival in Europe intimidating?
Don’t want to navigate it by yourself?
That’s where I come in.

Come join me on your choice of 3 exciting festivals in Europe! Finally enjoy a European Tango Vacation!

I have picked 3 festivals in 2018 that I think will be exciting and fun to attend.

The choices:

Brussels, Belgium

April (TBA)
The land of moulesfrites, chocolate, Belgian Waffles! A lovely metropolitan city, easy to access and a nice international festival. 

Berlin, Germany

17 May – 20 May
The mecca of Tango in Europe? Come see why! The land of beer, curry-wurst and pommes and rish history! This week-long festival is incorporated directly into the many tango activities already in Berlin. We will immerse ourselves into the numerous events that will be a part of this great week in Berlin.

Lisbon, Portugal

30 May – 3 June
The land of fado music, beautiful architecture, amazing views, fantastic weather on the River Tagus, there is no time wasted at this festival.

Your European Tango Vacation includes:

* 4 day Milonga Pass (Thursday – Sunday afternoon and evening Milongas)
*Tables at Milongas (where and when available)
*Performances, Shows, Live Music!
*City Tour
*Arrival by Wednesday with 8 hours of preparatory classes with me (technique, etiquette, navigating crowded dance floors, tips all designed for the registered group)
*Welcome Dinner!
*I accompany you all the way

Fly to the city of your choice arriving by Wednesday prior to the weekend festival. I will make suggestions on the most convenient accommodations.

I will be offering a 10% EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
I will be updating this page as the festivals begin to announce their activities. Come join me on your European Tango Vacation 2018!

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What are those legs doing? Are they social or not?

Are those legs being social or not on the dance floor?

I’m talking about those frog shaped legs at the milonga. After a long slash along the entire length of my calf from a heel at a milonga I have been compelled to write about this. And leave you a short video.

After the slash, I sat and observed this particular woman as I wondered how she could have managed such a feat. She was clearly having a great time dancing with the same guy, giggling and enjoying their unskilled tanda. AND I am not here to criticize her enjoyment of being completely manipulated by her leader. But no wonder she was off balance at one point committing some version of a front boleo with a wide gap between her legs that resembled a #4 stretch with the heel in question facing straight out towards other unassuming victims.

LADIES, those legs are meant to come together for a reason. EVERYTHING in tango comes from your understanding of walking, which translates to your understanding of the relationship between your 2 legs, which will translate to your pivots and to your boleos and all decorations.

Your weighted leg, your standing leg is YOUR responsibility and through your connection to your partner you are given information on what the other, the moving leg, is to be doing.

In general throughout my teaching in the US and Europe, I have found a general misunderstanding about this 2 legged relationship. I find those who are extremely fixated on KLT Keeping the Legs Together and those whose LEA Legs are Extra Appendages that they have seemingly no control over!  With the KLT group this fixation renders them remarkably tight to the point they can hardly move their legs. I am not denying that the adductors (a group of muscles of the thigh that bring legs together) are at play here but what IS missing is the understanding that your legs still have to move, and they move because, just like in walking, the thigh bone, the amazing femur, is a ball and socket joint. Those thigh bones are meant to roll in their places, in their sockets, in your pelvis. If you are so tight in your musculature here, you can’t move easily – which hinders many things, including balance. And the same is true with the LEA group. Meaning, they lose their balance too because the appendages are so far away from their home.

There is a way to manage both of these groups to have beautiful functioning dance legs without risk of injuring those around you or yourself!

So I leave you with a little video!

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Boston Classes for September

Boston Classes for September!
Currently in Boston, MA I’m happy to be offering 2 courses and privates lesson packages ready to change your dancing for the better.Boston Beginner September

Join me at Dance Union 16 Bow Street Union Square Somerville, MA

Starting September 11th I will teach a Complete Beginners 4 week series Mondays  7:45pm – 9:15pm

and

On Tuesdays starting September 12th, I will be teaching a 4-week series entitled “Wake up your Body for Tango: get it tango ready, you will discover what it means to be comfortable in order to express yourself fluidly and with elegance”. 7:45pm – 9:30pmTuesday Boston Classes
What we need now in tango is to wake up our bodies and get comfortable to express ourselves fluidly and elegantly. We will work both in flats and in heels throughout the 8 hour series. I will share with you information in the form of exercises from my legendary Maestra, Graciela Gonzalez. I KNOW your dancing will improve.

Please share these Boston classes with anyone and everyone who you know in the area.

Space is limited for improved learning. Registration is now open.

Please send me any questions and let’s get dancing!

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