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Is this how you feel when the teacher draws class to you in class?

Well, it’s good to know you are not alone!

As teachers, we're very used to students growing very tense whenever they think we are watching them!

And this in spite of the fact that we reassure them they don’t have get it right straight away and in fact we’re there to help them!

It doesn’t seem to matter how supportive, friendly and totally unintimidating teachers are, students seem to have an inescapable desire to show how much progress they have made … and somehow end up achieving just the opposite!

And it is particularly frustrating if things have in fact been going really well for a while, only for them to fall apart just as your teacher’s eyes are upon you!

So other than telling you that you are in good company, what else can we say to reassure you?

Your teacher sees more than you think. Not only will they be able to tell you’re feeling self-conscious and take that into consideration, but they will also be observing your progress throughout the class, even when you're not aware of it.

You may think they are closer to another couple in the room, but they may be actually watching you! Their assessment of your progress will not be solely based on those few moments of high pressure.

And is it such a terrible thing to get it wrong in front of your teacher? They’re there to correct you. And you’re there to be corrected. If the teacher sees your mistakes and gives you tips to counter them, it will give you more material to work on.

So bring on the mistakes! They'll ulitimately make us better dancers!

This blog entry is dedicated to our lovely student and friend, Kiran, who posted the cartoon on Facebook a few weeks ago.

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!

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