SUNDAY “PRE-SUPER BOWL” BEGINNER’S MILONGA
6:30 – 7:30pm Basics Class
7:30 – 9:30pm Milonga (Argentine Tango Social Dance) For those new to the dance or just starting out.
$12 class + milonga
$10 class Rhythmic Expressions 617 S. McClintock Dr. Ste 3, Tempe, AZ (Just north of University on the East side of McClintock. Look for McClintock Center)
Don’t fake it till you make it. Fake it till you become it. (Amy Cuddy)
Last week one of my newest students to Argentine Tango said that he would just like a magic pill to learn tango. And then I received a link to an inspiring Ted Talk video by Amy Cuddy entitled: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are. I received it as a link from several people as it was blogged about in several different arenas including health. Besides the fact that Ted Talks are usually captivating and moving, Cuddy’s talk made me tie it to tango.
As a dancer I have always been interested in body language. From a young age I found myself observing people and their curious behaviors. I remember being a good mimic when I was little, which became useful during my brief stints as an actor and then again as a choreographer. So the idea of body language changing and shaping behavior was not new to me.
Amy Cuddy in her Ted Talk discusses not only how our bodies can change our minds but that our minds can change our behavior and our behavior changes outcomes. She conducted studies to test hormonal levels of testosterone and cortisol when people were feeling powerful and when they were not. She had them embody poses, what she calls powerful poses and lower power positions. Several experiments were conducted and there were noticeable differences in testosterone and cortisol levels. Those people who spent 2 minutes in a power pose prior to the task of participating in a job interview showed a rise in their testosterone levels and their cortisol levels dropped. Whereas those who were asked to spend 2 minutes in a low power pose had a drop in testosterone and an increase in cortisol levels. Please see her video for her explanation and her statistics from her studies.
So how does this relate to tango? I am so glad you ask!!!
I have been adapting what Maestra Graciela Gonzalez refers to as the lion and the lioness in my tango teaching, which I have been referring to as our tango attitude. We can act and embody the idea of a confident lion moving into space or a lioness about to devour her prey in our tango. Tango attitude is about walking and claiming space with confidence. If you can do it in other aspects of your life you can bring it to your tango. For both roles we want to embody presence, passion, enthusiasm, authenticity and confidence, words used in Cuddy’s presentation as well. I challenge all of us to spend 2 minutes in power poses before we tango. See how it feels. Let me know.
See how my ASU Tango 2 students embody power poses.
We were told by many that 2012 would be a year of change and maybe even unpredictability. I think it definitely was for me. I know my dancing has changed, my training changed, my teaching changed and many aspects of my life have changed. But I have always looked at change as a good thing and I see how all those changes affect and create more possibilities.
With my goal to continue building the tango community and to create great dancers who have fun dancing and are fun to dance with, I see the addition of the Beginner’s Milonga as fantastic means to that end. Taking over the Practica on Tuesday nights has been exciting for me as I have begun a program of tango drills for dancers to have some time to be in their own bodies exploring movement and posture before connecting with another person to work out a paso, a step or dance sequence. I would still like to see the Practica grow as a place of true exploration, creativity and real practice for the community. I have scheduled several weekends from January to May for intensive workshops that will be opportunities for further immersion into the technique and deliciousness of this dance.
I feel very honored and blessed to be supported by so many great people. I am grateful to the beauty and depth of the Argentine Tango for being a great teacher in itself: revelatory and always truthful.
I am pleased to post the dates and class topics for my Saturday workshops. Below is the list for the 1st half of the year!
The Tuesday Practicando and Sunday Evening Milongawill continue weekly in the New Year as well. We will be celebrating the Holidays on December 16th – Bring food or beverage if you would like! (No Sunday MILONGA on December 23 and 30) The last Practicando will be on Tuesday December 18th and No PRACTICanDo on December 25 and December 1.
All Saturday Workshops in 2013 will be held at Rhythmic Expressions – 617 S. McClintock Dr. Ste 3, Tempe, AZ (Just north of University on the East side of McClintock. Look for McClintock Center)
12:00pm – 1:30pm Intermediate Level: If you know how to execute topics listed in Fundamentals then the Intermediate level is designed for you.
1:30pm – 3:00pm Fundamental Topics: All that you need for dancing socially – designed for those new to tango. $15/class or $50 for any 5 classes
PLEASE register in advance so I can balance the class and save you a spot! Call 480-442-9550 or email me!
Intermediate 12:00 – 1:30pm
Fundamentals 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Walking Essentials: Parallel and Crossed Feet System
Walking part 2: embrace
La Cruzada – Tango’s Signature Step
Int./Adv. Leader and Follower Technique (with Tyler Litman)
It was about 1 year ago that Belinda from the community approached Rommel to start doing Tango with ABIL – Arizona Bridge to Independent Living at SPOFIT (the Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities). What a wonderful journey it has been and it continues to be.
Rommel and I have taken some of the basic concepts from Tango and presented them to our students. We have had any number of students with a range of abilities. We adapt the tango material for each situation creating a space for creativity, exploration and fun. It might not look completely like what we know as Argentine tango but we are going for the feel and looking for each person to connect with another. We discover more as we go along. We discover that we truly accept each person wherever they are in their body. We all really have mixed abilities and it is what we do with them that matters.
Thank you to Tim, Terry and Wyatt as well as Belinda and Rommel for a wonderful journey and showing me once again how powerful Argentine Tango can be…
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