Perhaps you have heard this often quoted phrase that portrays dance as powerless to explain complex things. Martin Mull's quote has been repeated by many others, like Frank Zappa.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
|The Answer for Not Growing Old (T.A.N.G.O)|
Tango has demonstrated clear indications of helping people decrease symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Yet, there is a much larger group that tango-as-therapy could help: The rest of humanity.
Staying active, constantly learning, connecting to others, human touch, practice in balance and exercise are all necessary to maintain physical and mental resiliency as we grow older. It is NOT just exercise, dance is much more than that, but at least it is recognized as helping people physically.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Tango can play with your mind--a mind that has the tendency to erroneously perceive that time is going faster and faster as one becomes older. I can think of nothing better than tango to reverse this false perception. Tango can be practised as a time-warp laboratory in which time can be put into slow motion--still a false perception, but preferable.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
"Obligation" has become a dirty word to some in the tango world--something to be avoided. In reality, "obligation" is a wonderful word. The word "obligation" is mostly understood to be a burden. "Euphoria" means "good burden" or to "bear something." Sometimes language blocks us from understanding concepts. We need the word "eu-obligation" in our vocabulary. I am obligated to my children, my family, my work, my neighbors, my environment, country and world. There are indeed moments when false "obligations" can ruin things, but mostly obligations are what make social animals truly social.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Today's focus on musicality starts with a visual. The video clip below is produced by Leandro Díaz and Mauro Mauceri, musicians who teach dancers to be musical in their dance. In another clip, they explain their mission. They noticed, as most musicians do, a wide gap between what dancers are doing and what the music is saying; so they began their work trying break it down for dancers. Tango is the most wonderful dance there is for tandem improvisational dancing. Tango promotes dancing exactly to the music more than any other dance because there is in fact no true "basic step." Leandro and Mauro's observation is rather startling! How could tango not follow the music when that is essentially what tango is?