Festival under Emotions

Festival under Emotions

After big festivals I am confronted once again with the peculiarities of human emotion and the beauty that makes us human.

In the US and in certain cities where dancing is not as frequent as every day, a festival is an opportunity to dance all weekend long. Or at least this is House Milongathe hope for both men and women. For those who have been dancing for many years it is a chance to reconnect with old tango “friends” and dance a few tandas with our favorite dancers who live somewhere else on the planet!

As a teacher, time and time again, students share with me their experiences, both great and not so great. It is amazing that this dance has the ability to make us feel both so happy and sometimes so sad or even angry.

I, myself, have been known to sing made up tango songs with lyrics such as, “oh tango, how you have betrayed me”, half jokingly, of course.

I reflect often on the milongas in Buenos Aires and how it would be if, like many milongas there, it would feel more like a night out for us, too. You tell your friends to meet and you sit at a table together, you converse, you order drinks, you laugh together, you share your Friday night together and dancing is just a part of it. Versus, tonight I am getting dressed up to go dance and if I do not dance I will be upset.

I wonder if sometimes, in our longing for connection, that we project our needs onto unknowing victims.
I have to remember my own advice, my axis is mine, my stuff is mine both energetically and physically. Why would I dump that onto someone who does not know me? Someone who has not earned my trust or my affections?

No matter how many lessons you have taken, how many years you have been dancing, no one owes you anything.

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” Buddha

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This Weekend Leading Ladies is Back!

I am looking forward to hosting the first Leading Ladies workshop of the year. Saturday January 11th at 12:00pm – 1:30pm at Solana Tango Room. $15.
Leading Ladies is designed for ladies who are interested in learning how to lead. It is a casual atmosphere to explore all that goes into leading and we get to improve our following technique along the way.
The next one will be Friday January 17th at 6:30pmish!

Please RSVP to me if you will be joining.

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Tango Success Stories!

What is success in tango? Is it just learning a new dance to add to your list? Is it about meeting people and making new friends? I hear quite a bit about how Argentine Tango has changed people’s lives. So in the spirit of the Top 10, here are my Top 3 for this year.

Most of you know that I spend a significant amount of time teaching college students. This year Wes found Argentine Tango. He told me prior to starting that he knew he lacked social skills and didn’t spend a lot of time interacting with members of the opposite sex. Wes dedicated the year to tango, 2 full semesters. He mentioned to me prior to the end of school that he enjoyed tango so much for the friends he had made in class. He felt that his confidence had significantly improved.

Lisa met her current beau traveling to dance Argentine Tango in another city. She fell head over high heels for Argentine Tango and soon found time on her business trips to sneak tango in after her meetings. She has tango friends in nearly every major city in the US and now she has a beau too! Sounds like the best of both worlds!

san diego tango fest milongaIt isn’t enough to say that this passionate dance will build confidence, make you feel smart and sexy, and allow you to have tango friends all over the world but hear how Mabel found some stress relief.

It is amazing how Mabel found tango at all. She worked full time and was pursuing a new career by going to school at night. But she knew that she needed a distractor, as she called it! So she, being very organized and committed, told me ahead of time what she wanted and how much she could dedicate to learning this dance. So she took a private lesson once a week and a group class when she could. She found that the time she focused on her tango classes allowed her to feel more relaxed and energized for her studies and allowed her to de-stress from her job.

The Phoenix area has opportunities to enjoy this fun dance at least 3 times per week and sometimes more. Workshops, visiting artists, practice time, even tours to Buenos Aires, and quality instruction are available for those who want to learn the most impressive and elegant dance there is!

Have a Wonderful New Year and may the Argentine Tango continue to inspire you!

*names have been changed.

 

 

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you many more amazing tandas for the New Year!

Rommel has joined me in Austin, TX to share Christmas with my parents. Prior to our visit Rommel contacted a local organizer, teacher/dancer, Daniela Arcuri, who so graciously organized a couple of classes for us and opportunities for us to perform. The Austin community was a part of my baby years in learning tango as my parents moved there just before I began to learn Argentine Tango. Coming to visit them usually included tango events throughout the years. This was very special to share tango with the community from a different perspective, that of teacher and performer. We have had a lot of fun and as always, the Austin community is just so nice. We really appreciate and are grateful to Daniela Arcuri for organizing and welcoming us. It was wonderful to hear Daniela’s stories of her beginnings in tango with los Dinzel and so many of those we have studied with are also her colleagues from, really, what could be called the Renaissance of tango as we know it today.
I have to also mention that we attended the practica on Sunday night and it was awesome! Dancers of all levels attended and everyone danced around! So wonderful to see a group take advantage of this opportunity to  practice their tango!

See you back in Phoenix!

 

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Semester Finishes and Volcadas on Saturday

legs by lindaI’m at the tail end of another semester of tango classes at ASU. Even though enrollment is down from previous years, the enthusiasm and interest in tango still manages to be there. It surprises me each semester what brings the students to try something like Argentine Tango. Some are curious, some come for their friends, or because of their friends, and some just need something different from their usual; a stress-reliever too.

As I am almost done with grades I am excited that this Saturday’s workshop is on volcadas. The verb volcar translates to overturn, like when a car overturns. I looked up the definition in Spanish as I was trying to tie a blog in with reminders of the weekend workshop. The Spanish dictionary suggest that you are turning something so it is no longer in its normal position but on a side. From these definitions it would sound like we would be practicing handstands or rolling around on the floor! It’s a funny idea that this word defines such a much wanted move in tango! The leader does take the follower off of her normal position but does not put her on her side, thankfully.

I remember when I was first exposed to the infamous volcada by an Argentine and an American teacher. As I watched as they dissected and explained how to execute it I found that it completely made sense to my visual learning sensibilities. The trick is in the axes! (not the chopping ones but the ones that we need to be centered on – our axis!) I told a student recently that I still think sacadas are so much harder than volcadas to learn and to execute. Well, you can be the judge. Saturday’s workshop starts at 12 – 1:30pm at the Solana Tango Room. $15 and RSVP’ing would be great.

See you soon.

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