Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Tanda: Your life on fast-forward

The tanda is your life on fast-forward.

The tanda (a set of four songs at a milonga) poetically represents stages of your entire adult life with your partner.  But pay attention!  Your life on Fast-Forward finishes in about 15 minutes.  It goes something like this:

  • In life a common external event brings a couple together.  In life it may be the same country, town, school, neighborhood.
    In tango it is the milonga.
  • In life a second event moves you even closer or something that emotionally moves you both.  Perhaps it is a class that interests you both.  In life this is being in the right place and the right time, a sparking of one of countless important coincidences in the Universe every millisecond.
    In tango, it is the music that leads people together, to connect, to move in tandem, to stop

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Social Tango? No!

Tango, ice cream & church
 socials have lots in common
There's a difference between
social tango and an event that is best called a
tango social.

It seems that quite a few people are confused about this, especially here in Europe, where tango socials are not only common but also have a special code word:  "Encuentros."

Encuentros are havens for close-embrace enthusiasts, like I am.  And they can be wonderful, but they are not, as often advertised, "social tango."  There is no right or wrong between the two, but social tango is much different than a tango social--an encuentro.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Tai Tango Chi

Chi is my partner; she dances me.
Describing the world of Tai Chi and Qigong in the martial arts,  Garri Garripoli says in his book:

The "master. . . moves as if entranced in a tango with the Universe."* 

And the converse is true, paired tango dancers move as if connected to the soul of the one before them and the universe.

I have a theory:  Tango is best not an analogy to describe martial arts, as Garripoli and others have done.  Tango is at its best a better expression of yin and yang than the martial arts!  The dancers harmonize and connect their energy-centers and melt together as one.  The martial arts do this, but less.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Stop Practicing Tango!

When one of the greatest cellists of all time, Pablo Casals, was asked why he continued to practice the cello three hours a day, he replied, “I’m beginning to notice some improvement.”  He was 93 years old.

Give up practising tango--at least in the sense of it as an act of preparation.

The word "practise" comes from Greek (praxis):