Recently a comment of not listening to the music while improvisationally dancing tango surprised me. An advanced, German dancer at a French milonga told me: “I never listen to the music. The music throws me off from what the man is doing." Gratefully, she added: "But the music was transparent as we danced tonight.” I think that she could have listened with many men before, but had trained herself to be deaf to the music. Certainly I have not been the only one who dances musically with her. I KNOW this! How many women before her have I danced with that were not listening to the music? At times it feels like there is no way to make the music transparent to my partner or I don't sense the music she hears. But I think I know where this problem comes from: Shame on the teachers who teach steps. Dance is not steps! Dance is the emotional and somatic reaction to music--a behavioral reaction only found in the human species.
How do we all make the music transparent? I can tell you that many women make the music transparent to me, and I dance better because of it. It is not the man's job. It is teamwork:
- Great musicians play danceable music.
- A great sound system that fairly represents their music.
- A DJ that is aware of what makes the milonga guests dance.
- An organizer who makes sure that the dancers are being safe and provides a warm ambiance.
- Partners who are equally attentive to the music.
- A room of couples around you who catch the ambiance of not only that night, but communal dance since the start of humanity.
Sure, dancing musically can be left up to one "star player" on the team, but that is a lot of responsibility on one person. It takes a community to create a great team. Are you doing your part?
Orquesta Típica: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orquesta_t%C3%ADpica