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Learning Argentine tango as a creative experience
Learning Argentine tango as a creative experience

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Notes from EVERY TRICK IN THE BOOK by Charlie Dancey, Juggling chapter, Learning How to Learn Tricks, pp. 467-468 You can save yourself a lot of time if you pay attention to the learning process itself. A trick means a move or sequence of moves that has…
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My underlinings from You’ll Never “Waste” Time Practicing As Long As You Are Doing This, October 14, 2018 by Bill Plake. [Substitute “Dance” for “Instrument” and apply Bill’s wisdom to your tango practice.] One of the main reasons you would probably seek…
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Spirals make up the structure of our natural world, from immense galaxies to our own minuscule DNA. Unlike primitive robots with joints attached at right angles and actuators attached in straight lines, our bones, with rounded joints and muscles that wrap…
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If as a follower you feel some intention from your partner for a step or pivot, but it is not quite clear where or how you should move, or you receive mixed signals, then I would invite you to take one step or pivot with full intention and Authority using…
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A good friend (to everyone) and fine tanguero, Gary Horton, Jr. wrote a question on Facebook. JUST.DANCE. Certainly well-intended advice, as I’ve heard it often from many teachers over the years. Unfortunately, the idea continues to remain meaningless and…
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One day a while ago, after chatting with one of her friends as they were loading up the car to go to an Agility Trial, my wife told me, “You know, you’re much nicer since being in Argentine tango.” I’m sure she meant ‘sociable,’ but maybe not. The…
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“Parents [tango teachers] try too hard to fix things.” “Let me make a mistake once.” “I’m just warming up. Give me a chance to discover what I’m meant to do.” –From the book Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say it, and When to Listen by…
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“When do I pivot; right after taking the step or when my feet come together?” Do you want my answer, or would you Enjoy a way of discovering your own answer? Stand with your feet apart, as if you’ve just taken a step, either forward or backward. Choose a…
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As I started typing this post I first mistyped the title as “An idea embrace”. You know, that actually works! In fact, this post isn’t about the mechanics of the embrace, rather, it’s about the idea, the thinking of, the physical and non-physical feeling…
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