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The Three "E"s 03-10-2017

Last week in each of our drop-in classes, we set a new challenge for our students.

Between now and Christmas, we'll be working on the the three "E"s - our three pillars of tango!

The three E's remain the three E's whether you're talking in English or Spanish: Equilibrio/Equilibrium. Elegancia/Elegance. Emocion/Emotion.

The final pillar: emotion, that's not something that can be taught, I can almost hear you say.

Well, we're here to guide you and inspire you to dance tango with emotion. And there are a fair few technical pointers along the way that will help you not only feel emotion but also convey emotion.

We're looking forward to seeing you in class this week to continue the good work!

We're feeling inspired after our Full Immersion Day last Saturday!

You’ve given us the thumbs up for this new format, so you’ll probably see it appear on our workshop schedule again towards the end of this year and into 2018.

We looked at 3 distinct tango topics in one day: (1) Adornments (2) Small Out-of-Axis Movements and (3) Interpretation of Different Tango Orchestras.

Interestingly, there was a considerable degree of cross-over between the classes, despite covering such contrasting areas. Our work on our posture and balance from Workshop 1 was hugely useful in Workshop 2 when we explored going off balance. And in Workshop 3, we explored - amongst other things - how the adornments we learnt in Workshop 1 could bring out the different moods of the tango orchestras we studied.

Thank you to everyone who came and especially well done for those who managed to do all 3 topics! It was quite a marathon!

Coming home with every once of energy spent, and feet throbbing, it was lovely to receive this message from one of our students:

"Just a note to recognise & show appreciation for your beautiful traits of noticing, remembering, considering, offering & giving to me & no doubt, all your students. I hope you know how rare & wonderful such gifts are.”

I went to bed tired but happy!

Who are the best leaders on the dance floor and what is it that sets them apart from the rest?

You could argue that this is a subjective thing, but there is some consensus in the tango world on overall qualities to be aspired to.

If you are new to the tango scene, you might be forgiven for thinking that the best leaders are those with the widest repertoire of steps. Or perhaps those who can do the most complex moves.

You may even have watched them from the sidelines and resolved that you would learn to dance tango just like them.

And you may indeed have been watching fabulous tango dancers, but what they are doing - what is visible from the outside - is only part of the picture.

The question to ask is what does it actually *feel* like to dance with them?

Because this is what makes a good tango dancer.

Your dance partner cannot see the way you look from the sidelines. All she knows is how you feel to dance with. And in tango, your partner is always much more important than anyone watching.

So what use are flashy moves if they make your partner feel uncomfortable or take her off her balance?

And more to the point, what use are they if she cannot even understand them?

It is a fundamental philosophy of tango that the leader should be able to read the experience level of every follower he dances with and dance to that level. Even if his own level is significantly higher.

A leader who leads movements that his partner is not equipped to deal with, will not give his partner an enjoyable dance experience. In fact, one could argue that he cares more about what those on the sidelines are thinking or about his own self-development, than his partner’s needs.

I like to think that a good leader creates a tango tailor-made to every follower he dances with.

And that in tango, beauty is not necessarily in the eye of the beholder .... but in the arms of the follower!

So next time you are at the milonga, why not try switching your gaze from him to … her. And if you happen to see a little smile playing on her lips, well you’ll know she is in good hands!

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