The power of Music..!

Music! I can’t think of anyone saying: “Bah… I don’t really like music..!” haha

Music makes our lives full!

When we are happy, we put the radio to full blast, sing at the top of our voice and dance in the rain
And when we are sad we cry to the music we love, we post sad songs on facebook and we dance out our despair.

Unforgettable moments are marked by music. Moments that make such a strong imprint in you that become part of you…
You don’t think of them, or even remember them but one spark is enough to bring them back to life..!


“I also think that creative work is essential to our survival(…) Otherwise, without a skilled means of communicating the depth of our feeling, we invite depression” Andrea–(Sensing, feeling and action. The experiential anatomy of Body Mind Centering)

The power of music!

This documentary I think made a strong imprint in me. Every time I am working with a group with dementia, or Alzheimer’s or even autism, I see THIS very documentary come to life.

I see the spark, the joy, the hope in people’s eyes!

That was one of the reasons I wanted to share this documentary with you today the other reason is a more dance-y reason…

Because it reveals that music is not just beat.
Music is memory, it is experience and when it connects with our inner rhythm it can give us an endless, effortless flow of movement. It can move us even when we thought there was really no hope..!

Sometimes Tango music seems foreign to us and difficult to understand. What is causing this feeling though?

The fact that we haven’t made it part of our lives.

We listen to Tango music only when we have our Tango-hat on, when we go to class, to a milonga or when we practice. Even if we listen to it while commuting we are still looking for something, steps, beats, pauses, clues… we don’t listen just for the fun of listening.

It is not therefore part of our lives, it isn’t part of us.

Try to make Tango music part of YOU.
Listen to it while living your life
Connect it to special moments and to absolutely regular moments.
Allow yourself to make it part of your daily experience

Enjoy and please if you loved this documentary, please share..!
I think I have never asked you to do this with anything, and I have no affiliation with the creators of the documentary or the producer but personally I find it is something worth sharing


P.S: I found this documentary with Spanish subtitles purely out of luck on youtube but this is the original team of creators: Alive Inside

P.P.S: You can bring this element in your practice too:

Posture–2 exercises to make it better

In the beginning I was looking for better posture just because the rules of Tango said so.
Then I was looking for better posture because I felt it to be my personal little dance before I connected to my partner.
It helped me get into the mood,

And now, I see posture as a chance for me to capture the subtleties of Tango. My chance to be more creative in my body and offer something of greater value to my partner than simply following!

2 exercises for a juicer posture

I so like this title better..! haha

Yes! this is the purpose of this video: flow-y, juicy, effortless posture

A few extra info to accompany the video tips

Mr. Skeleton here is going to help us out a bit..!

First let’s revisit one of the most common cues that has messed up everyone–or almost everyone– in Tango

“Lift your sternum/ chest up”
I am sure you have heard one or more teachers say that, only to see them, come back a few minutes later to say: “Relax. Breathe!” haha

Well, one affects the other… Let’s see how..!

You can definitely lift the sternum up by pinching your shoulder blades together, but that will cause tension and shortness of breath and it won’t really help you expand the rib cage in any enjoyable way.

Look at the picture below…

The rib cage is a set bone structure that connects to the spine at the back and the sternum at the front. Now notice the shape of the rib cage. It is oval and with a downward orientation–aka anterroinferiorly.

So from this picture can you now imagine what happens when you LIFT the sternum?
If not… go ahead and give one last try… noticing how it makes you feel, noticing how the spine where the ribs meet is pressing forward…

Look at the picture again… it makes sense, no?
Since we have this oval, downward shape, when you lift the front up, you are going to have a compression from the back…

Instead of expanding we are actually compressing, with the heart and lungs being squished, causing shortness of breath and possible heart circulatory problems in the future…
So not only it is uncomfortable, it is also dangerous..!

Taking your focus to what really matters… effortless movement

Tap into our breath, and expand the rib cage to the left and right, front and back, instead of up and down.
During the inhale things are rather obvious… As you inhale the thoracic diaphragm flattens, as you exhale it comes back to THIS original shape, you see it below:

Notice the dome shape of the diaphragm, imagine the floating energy it has during every exhale.

It works like a ball that you press under the water…
Remember when you did that as kids or for your kids?
What happened when you released the ball?
2things… The ball went up and some water left and right..!

Do the same with air coming in and floating out!
Inhale and feel your diaphragm grow and then exhale feel the diaphragm going back to normal and the rest of the energy giving your ribs an expansion to left and the right.

Find movement from within–Getting stuck is the REAL problem

Our spine can move in many many MANY different ways, all beautiful and healthy.
Limiting your options and getting our body STUCK even if it covers all the criteria of “good” posture is actually BAD posture.

Don’t look for good posture, look for a healthy spine, for full movement, that can give you a structure that breathes


P.S: More on posture?





Don’t buy into your own Tango-BS…!

Pardon my french but it is a throwback Wednesday, and the more I think about how I behaved in the past and what it cost me there is no other way to describe all that negative talk I gave to myself but Tango-BS.

Saturday night in a big milonga a few years ago…

Myself and a group of friends head over for our weekly dance.
We get there in a Greek person manner–aka around 11pm..!haha
And of course the place is packed, there are only a few free chairs by the wall arranged in doctor’s-office manner
You know, patients sitting side by side, half- turning and whispering to each other:: “What a great scientist”… haha..

We weren’t patients but we certainly looked like ones.
Pasted smiles on our faces, looking blankly ahead, with an aura of I-don’t-want-to-be-here and OF COURSE… whispering to each other….haha…its the chairs I tell you..!
But we were saying something like: “Argh! The energy in this place…” “There is no one to dance with…” “It just feels so unwelcoming…”

A few unsatisfying dances later, and we were on our way to home feeling more grim than when we entered.

After that night I didn’t go back there for months.

I chose places a lot smaller, occupied by groups of people with a specific view over Tango. And I had created the strongest excuse for myself: “I just can’t bear to go back to that place. The energy is just soooooo…”  (so..? I don’t know)


And the icing on the cake..? I had surrounded myself with people who would jump to the opportunity to make that view even stronger. That created a comforting feeling, the illusion of being right, the illusion of being happy.

When we were not dancing we would either be talking about Tango as an idea, a concept, a healing modality, a true Art or complaining about everything and everyone.


We were the TANGO MESSIAHS  and you have missed the opportunity to get your spot in the Tango heavens! Hahaha…NOT!

In reality we were a bunch of Tangueros/as wanna-be-s, living in a bubble, who had bought into their own BS!

What Tango-BS are you buying in?
  1. My community is too unwelcoming?
  2. People they don’t want to get any better,  just don’t want to practice?
  3. Argh! The energy is too tough?
  4. There is literally nobody to dance with?
  5. Men prefer the young and good-looking ones…. Etc etc

I am sorry but THIS is pure, true TANGO-BS!
Personally it was tough to admit that I was in a bad place psychologically, and being a bit shy I couldn’t reach out to anyone.
So I preferred to throw the blame on other people… I bet at some level you are doing the same. SO get down to what really is the problem!

As Jerzy Gregorek says in Tribe of Mentors  “take 100 responsibility for {your} part” (Ferriss, Timothy. Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World –pg. 115)

Start to look at how YOU can change first before you demand from others to change then you will start to that there is a lot room for YOU to grow, to enjoy your milongas more and to make new friends.

Better your dance level, better your outfit, better your attitude, better your psychology, better your mindset. YOU can do all that.

It all starts with YOU!
But if you are still not sure how, subscribe to Bautanz, and we can do it together..! 😉


3 exercises for balanced, smooth, successful enrosques

One word… Many many many sighs! haha

So many leaders have written and asked for ways to practice enrosques. They love the way they look, so powerful and yet so elegant BUT they get stuck when trying to do them…

If that is YOU… here is a video that can lead you to smooth, elegant, successful enrosques

As you can see you will get 3 exercises that follow a natural progression to enrosques, but before you get started, I want to encourage you take a few moments to consider which of the 3 elements that make enrosques tough–alignment, coordination and timing–you experience the most difficulty with.

Of course they are all related BUT try to detect which is the primary source of your trouble. This way you will have a:

  1. point to focus on
  2.  metric to track your progress. Meaning, if your timing is off for example, you can compare from practice to practice how your timing has improved
But don’t stop there… Take things further

There are 2 very important concepts that can be revealed and explored through enrosques. Concepts that are  vital forTango!

  1.  Coordination Vs Disassociation
    I think I have said this before…I hate disassociation as a word, because it transmits a very distorted message about how the body was built to move.For EFFICIENT, EFFORTLESS movement you need the different parts of the body to move supporting each other, in relation to one another and NOT as separate blocks!So making this practice about the communication between the upper and lower body, will be vital for your Tango. And enrosques are a great opportunity because they make it obvious
  2. Yielding.
    There is a power game being played in Tango that sometimes is needed BUT most of the times is useless and even dangerous as it creates a lot of tension in the body.I am sure you have heard of the cue: “Don’t collapse. Push into the floor”
    Try to do that with enrosques and you WILL feel stuck!Rigidity, hardness, pushing- pulling is NOT always the answer. Yielding, on the other hand, through the standing side, releasing tension, without collapsing towards the floor. Responding to gravity, by building a relationship of give and take, of understanding YOUR weight and how it reaches the earth, THAT can help you feel balanced, aligned and FREE to move.

    This is the 2nd vital element for Tango, but enrosques really bring it to light!

Have fun! Send me your questions and Tango trouble and remember Bautanz subscribers enjoy so much more weekly… What are you waiting for..? haha

More on ochos, pivots etc, check out this page:


Want to Tango for an opportunity to BE yourself? the rules

Why are you dancing..?
Let me guess… Mmmmm… For an opportunity to be yourself, to express yourself?

And it is indeed a beautiful opportunity, a safe and colorful way of meeting oneself!But this is exactly where the trouble begins…haha…

If we just wanted to go out and spend time with friends, or be in the milongas just to practice our moves, things would have been pretty straight forward and a lot less stressful and painful.
The fact though that we are looking for ways to “dance like nobody’s watching”, if I may be allowed the cliche… 😉 means that our nights at the milonga mean a lot more

What stops us though from meeting and expressing ourselves, from just dancing?

Simple answer… The RULES!

For most people Tango is a difficult because it has so many rules that make them “(…) get so anxious on the dance floor trying to remember all of them”

So how can we make rules part of our dance so we don’t have to think about them anymore? How can we EMBODY the rules?

Embody…mmmm…such a fancy word..haha… How about we try to make a bit more sense of the word by writing down at least 10 things that come to mind when you think of “embodying”. Ready? GO!

  1. Be yourself..maybe?
  2. ….

Here is my list:





In the Moment








Ok? So if you have come up with your list which would probably be different than mine, lets see how it works in dancing.

At this point I want to call in an expert on the matter, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen with excerpt from her book “Sensing, feeling and Action”

“ The process of embodiment is a being, not a doing process, not a thinking process. It is an awareness process in which the guide and witness dissolve into cellular consciousness. (…)
Embodiment is automatic presence, clarity and knowing without having to search for it or pay attention. As they say in Zen, “When you eat, eat. When you sleep, sleep” (…)”

There are 3 steps in the process of embodiment: VIsualization, Somatization and Embodiment.

Visualization is the process by which the brain imagines aspects of the body and, in doing so, informs the body that it (the body) exists. (…)
Somatization is the process by which the kinesthetic (movement), proprioceptive (position), and tactile (touch) sensory systems inform the body that it (the body) exists. (…)
Embodiment is the cells’ awareness of themselves. You let go of your conscious mapping. It is a direct experience, there are no intermediary steps or translation. There is no guide, no witness.
There is the fully known consciousness of the experienced moment initiated from the cells themselves. In this instance, the brain is the last to know. There is complete knowing. There is peaceful comprehension. Out of this embodiment process emerges feeling, thinking, witnessing, understanding. The source of this process is love”

So based on this excerpt does it sounds like you need more Tango classes, more milongas or hours and hours of practice?

Not really, right? Bonnie’s description feels like more natural, more personal, and one that depends more on us and getting close with ourselves and less on others.

So lets do exactly THAT instead:


    Look for the images that can fuel visualization. Go to milongas not for the dances, but for the images. Observe, try to find the Tango rules in other peoples bodies.
    Before you start to practice on anything, from posture to embellishments, take one moment to visualize what you want your body to do.

  2. Movement, Position and Touch

    You would have to go through the movements noticing not what makes them right, but what makes them feel good.
    Attempt to find that same comfort in different positions. Compare for example the comfort of your posture when simply standing to when you are walking or doing ochos.
    Then go deeper than that and find the “rules” of posture in other positions in your everyday life, in your other activities–like walking to the supermarket.
    Somatic dance is the holistic approach to moving and by becoming 1% better in your everyday life activities, you will become better in your Tango too.
    Lastly touch is extremely important to understand who you are, who the other is and what you are together through movement. So practice on that awareness either with a real partner and with an artificial one–the floor or the wall…

  3. Explore with Love

    Explore your movement for the chance to find yourself no matter how cheesy this may sound to you.
    Embodiment as Bonnie says is experiencing movement initiated from within. Not just doing the proper steps, but allowing for “feeling, thinking, witnessing, understanding” to emerge.
    Creating a practice based on exploring the rules instead of imposing the rules, not only feels more natural and more enjoyable but also it allows to be yourself in practice

  4. Avoid practicing for hours

    It is absolutely pointless!
    As you can gather from the above, locking yourselves up in a room aimlessly going from drill to drill, without any focus or goal, is absolutely pointless and it will actually get you to quit sooner than later.
    Instead build on your ability to stop BEFORE your technique fails you

  5. TRACK all this down

    A quick note, a little video, something to help you when you decide to revisit that day’s practice
    Avoid tracking your progress based on other people’s reactions or feedback alone, and tap into your emotional, mental and psychological state before and after your class/practice or milonga.
    Are you feeling better, stronger, calmer, more focused or more aware? Your body knows better sometimes..!
    You can use metrics as well, like how many of my ochos felt good today? Or how many milongas felt great this month?

  6. Give yourself a BREAK

    When you are dancing, dance! You can’t correct anything on the dance floor
    Allow yourself to make mistakes. Laugh at your mistakes. Enjoy your dances with all their flaws. Dance for the sake of feeling alive, for that very opportunity to be yourself and not for hitting every point on your checklist.
    This will be your only true motivation on practicing again the next day!

Grab the opportunity to BE yourself, you deserve it!


Tools for confident Ganchos

Back in December, I reached out to the Bautanz subscribers and asked what they have been having trouble with.
Along with many other things, ganchos were causing some pain and so I decided to make a video for it.

Yes, you should work on ganchos even if you don’t use them that much in milongas..!

I find ganchos to be something that can teach us A LOT about posture, balance, effortless grounding, body awareness, timing and last but certainly not least connection.

That is why even though I know that compared to other things, ganchos are secondary, I am super excited to share this video with you today because all that you will learn you can apply it to your Tango technique overall.

What will you learn from this drill..?
  1. What is the MOST important ingredient for successful ganchos
  2. How do we respond to gravity and how we yield with one side to free the other
  3. What are the most common mistakes dancers make and how you can avoid them
  4. Successfully freeing up one leg so you can kick without losing your balance or tensing up
  5. Understanding what is the body supposed to be doing to support the action
  6. Finding how your frame should work to lead and follow ganchos without pushing and pulling on your partner and
  7. Timing

So with no further a do, here is your video:

Have fun,

P.S: If you need extra help on technique check this link out for ideas: Argentine Tango Technique–Don’t leave the gym yet

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