|This way to good karma|
Imagine if ideas for dance steps were the same as writing a novel. Each tango move, let's say, were a story in and of itself. Imagine for a moment -- just pretend -- that each tango step were intellectual property. Now let's also assume, that unlike in the world of intellectual property and commerce, that in the tango world we all agreed to share and simply give credit where credit is due.
This world already is very real in the world of Karma -- tango karma.
These are the steps to good tango karma:
1. The music inspires and gives you a totally new idea. You silently or openly acknowledge the music when some new beautiful movement results. The music includes so many things: The composer, the musicians and the DJ. Go over and thank the DJ and find out what he or she knows about the music.
2. You are dancing with a women or a man who consummates this new idea from the music and takes you to a new place you never have been. I try to remember this woman by naming the step after her. Sometimes it is only for that moment, and I cannot go back to remember her or the movement, but I recognize the magic of that moment and from where it came.
3. If you are a teacher, you take this new move to a tango class and teach this inspiration taken from the music and your partner. You give credit to these sources of inspiration and ideas. Also, you might mention the composer and orchestra who inspired the move. Why not PLAY this music too? If your partner is there at the class, you demonstrate the new step together.
Giving credit opens up a whole new world of the joy of movement, of a community which embraces each other. In literature or scientific journals not giving credit (even in a foot note) would be grounds for a law suit and/or being severely reprimanded by the professional community.
I have suggested in early posts la Música is the true leader. But music is much more. It is our great inspiration. Our partner corroborates in the inspiration. So this is "tango karma": If you really want to be prolific with ideas and the beauty of tango -- acknowledge your sources of inspiration. If you do not want to have bad karma, tango teachers, always teach with the music that inspires a step. Certain orchestras make you dance differently. Mention that. And if you really want to have good karma, mention the tanguero or tanguera who inspired the new idea. If the idea was taught by an old milonguero/milonguera, give credit. It is probably too late now, but wouldn't it be nice to know who inspired him or her -- which composer, orchestra, piece of music and person in his or her arms?
This is the way to good tango karma, and much more enjoyment in this art of movement.
Photo credit (not sure who did the original photo -- but found two sources) and two good articles: