Ochos–Realign from toe to HEAD

Ochos are tough… PERIOD.
From a tiny traveling pivot to a huge big back ocho leading to a giro… Ochos make us suffer…!

We loose our balance, we stiffen up, we get stuck, our partner has to push and pull us…
And the most frustrating thing of all, is that we are practicing them…!
It is not like we are sitting around complaining:
BooHoohoo! I can’t do ochos…
We ARE practicing … Only it doesn’t seem to be working…

Why, why, why?!?!? haha

The greatest misconception that is holding you back

“I need to strengthen my core to get better balance” Many People

No, you DON’T!
And I am NOT sorry  to have to break the news to you. They are  overall great news!

Doing core work WITHOUT tending to body misalignment— don’t worry, we all have them—will unfortunately have no positive effect to your balance and it might actually have a negative one, if the work you are doing is creating more tension than muscle work.

The GREAT news are that if you focus on the skill of alignment and the skill of balancing muscles, bones and energy in your body, you WILL be more balanced AND get some core conditioning in the mean time.

And as the great Bill Boomer has said: “Conditioning is something that happens to you while you build, refine and imprint a skill”

Can I do that through Tango?

Absolutely! You can do that through Tango, using a fundamental element of Tango, the ochos.

Here is a video on how you can work on realigning your body and strengthening your balance by using, what ballet dancers call spotting!

In the video, you will see that I have included some of the most common mistakes dancers make regarding the alignment of the head.
I want you to DO those very mistakes, in your first few practices, following this video!

Why?
Because most of us as we are learning Tango, or anything else for that matter, we are simply trying to do what the teacher tells us without knowing what that physically means.
Only think of how many times you’ve heard your teacher saying: “You are too far forward” and you are looking around wondering: “Is he talking to me?” haha

What I am suggesting you do instead, is go through them, exaggerate them, create discomfort so you can feel the relief when your head realigns..! 😉

This is one of the many exclusive videos I shared with the Bautanz community during the month of December, and there is more exclusive content sent out every week. If therefore you want in, the only thing you really need to do is subscribe!

Hope to see you inside and if you want more on Ochos you can visit Ochos, how can you make them better

Chrisa

If you are looking for some extra info, on balance, to feed your inner movement geek… 😉

“In biomechanics, balance is an ability to maintain the line of gravity (vertical line from centre of mass) of a body within the base of support with minimal postural sway.[1] (…)

Maintaining balance requires coordination of input from multiple sensory systems including the vestibular, somatosensory, and visual systems.[3]

  • Vestibular system: sense organs that regulate equilibrium (equilibrioception); directional information as it relates to head position (internal gravitational, linear, and angular acceleration)
  • Somatosensory system: senses of proprioception and kinesthesia of joints; information from skin and joints (pressure and vibratory senses); spatial position and movement relative to the support surface; movement and position of different body parts relative to each other
  • Visual system: Reference to verticality of body and head motion; spatial location relative to objects” Wikipedia

And if you are wondering who is this Bill Boomer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Boomer

Ready to CRUSH 2018, on the dance floors?

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!HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Have you set up your dance resolutions yet for 2018?
If not, why don’t we all boldly state: we are going to CRUSH 2018?!?!

You think I am joking?
Let me tell you, I am dead serious!

I know I am not dancing as much as I used and as much as I would like to dance… And unfortunately, we all know there are many people like me around

It might be because of the winter— I hate the cold, it makes me miserable.
Or the economy, it is true, things are getting tighter as time goes by….
And some people feel they don’t really have any incentive to go out dancing— unwelcome communities, repetitive playlists, unsurprising dance invites etc etc

Think for a moment our grandparents… They lived through tougher winters, economic crisis and plenty unavoidable annoying neighbours… They were dancing way more, they were getting together a lot more… hahaha… Right?

So what happened..?

Are we a generation that doesn’t like to dance that much…?

Some people blame the big cities, some people social media but could it be that we are a generation of no- dancers..?

Let’s take a moment to look at Scientific American and their article about why people dance:

Scientists aren’t sure why we like movement so much, but there’s certainly a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest we get a pretty big kick out of it. Maybe synchronizing music, which many studies have shown is pleasing to both the ear and brain, and movement—in essence, dance—may constitute a pleasure double play”

Interestingly enough even when you are watching someone else dance your brain’s movement areas are activated…

“(…) if you’re watching someone dance, your brain’s movement areas activate; unconsciously, you are planning and predicting how a dancer would move based on what you would do

And we can’t ignore the psychological benefits of dance.

As Psychology Today notes in this article that dance is a necessary and unavoidable human action. Humans dance because they CAN and because they NEED to.

“(…) sensory awareness that changes us. We are now the person who made that move. When such an impulse courses through us, it relates us to ourselves and our worlds in a new way. It aligns, it touches, it frees. It is dance(…)”
“(…) We humans are movement. We are the movement that is making us able to think and feel and act at all (…)”
“(…) understanding of dance as human, also provides us with ways of evaluating whether and how a given technique or tradition is helping people learn to move in life-enabling ways. (…)”
“(…)If dance and movement in general, is a vital part of what we describe as human nature, are we then doing something wrong..?(…)”

Are we missing something here..?

I think we are really missing something here…

We all love Tango, we all know and have felt the benefits of dance. And yet we don’t seek out to dance more…
Most of us won’t experience the milonga as a response to a natural calling… BUT

WHAT, the REAL Tango dancers do..! Or…
As an opportunity to practice, to get our dances in
Or possibly as a way to escape our reality

Don’t get me wrong, practicing, learning the Argentinian culture and being able to let free on the dance floor, ALL are vital elements for your progress as dancers.

On the dance floor though you DANCE, you don’t torture yourself trying to go by the rules.
You make the culture part of your life, instead of wearing like a tall-hat once a week.
Lastly, why make a milonga just a place to escape reality… When like any artistic moment it is one of the greatest opportunities for us to SHAPE reality.

This is how we CRUSH 2018!

Teachers, performers and organizers aim to create opportunities for dance to be shared with as many people as possible.

Dancers make every milonga a social hub, a true community.
One that shares and offers, that changes and evolves, that listens and observes. A community that is TRUTHFUL and OPEN and HONEST and INSPIRING!

Share your thoughts on all this even if you think it sucks..! Right here… with the  Bautanz community

Happy New Year! Lets CRUSH 2018!

Chrisa

P.S: “Be a Columbus to whole new continents within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought” Henry David Thoreau— Walden

Cabeceo– Old school OR a handy Social Skill?

You think cabeceo is uncomfortable? Then you better stay away from this style of speed dating… Shhhh Dating!

Shhh Dating–Bizarre new way of love

No small talk, no jokes to break the ice, not even asking the other person’s name…Silence!

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I only recently found out about this but it looks like it hit New York hard back in 2008…

Are you thinking: Why on earth would anyone voluntarily put themselves in such a tough spot?
Well, this what founder, Adam Taffler says in the article: “When you can’t small talk to someone, you connect with them on a much deeper level. It’s very intimate

Does that remind you of something?!?!
The cabeceo of course!

Cabeceo– Old School or a TRUE Tango tradition?

The cabeceo is indeed a Tango tradition… It is also though a red flag for many dancers all around the Tango world.

Haters roll their eyes saying: “Seriously..? This is 2017” while
Lovers, roll their eyes wondering: “Why do I have to go through the very unpleasant process of saying NO when I am not even looking for a dance?”

Hhhmmm… Now both sides do have a strong point..!

Haters are you ready for the path of SHAME?

Haters of cabeceo strongly push forward the fact that we are fast approaching 2018 and therefore we don’t need to ask for permission to get a dance.

You are absolutely right! 2017 is indeed almost over, and that naturally makes you wonder if we still need such an old school approach to our social interaction?

The REAL question though is: Are you ready to hear NO and walk the PATH OF SHAME back to your seat?

I am asking because interestingly enough in this very same group you find people who along with cabeceo they hate small talk, they can’t handle rejection… AND they are wondering: “Can’t we just dance?”

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If you are in this last category, please, prepare an honesty bath, for Christmas!

Cabeceo is not the problem, and you have to admit to yourselves what the real problem is here!

I get it, I was shy too! But shyness, social anxiety, low self- esteem or low confidence will not just go away on their own.
They are social skills and like any other skill if you practice on them, you can get better, and enjoy your milongas way more.

Plus the milonga environment is much safer than a business environment and therefore perfect for working on social skills and confidence

Cabeceo can actually help you, if you want to avoid unwanted interactions or if you want to approach someone if you can’t handle rejection, if you can’t make small talk, and if you feel uncomfortable making the first move.
And eye contact is a skill you use in your everyday life, in your romantic and business relationships

Start your training here, now with me:

For those of you who have really no problems chatting with people or hearing NO, then go ahead, take the cabeceo out, just be civil.
Meaning you might think it is stupid but for other people it is psychological cushion, and you need to allow them that comfort.

Lovers, are you sure you are doing the cabeceo..?

It is funny because one of the most common chat, in the followers’ circles, is on:
“None of the good dancers are asking me to dance, I am always dancing with beginners…” or “I am dancing with the same people all the time”

Can you see what the root of the problem is here?
1 word and 1 phrase are causing the problem: ALWAYS and ALL THE TIME!

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I am not joking here, I am dead serious!

If you are spending the biggest part of your night on the dance floor with people you DON’T want to be dancing with, when on earth are you going to make a connection with the people you DO want to be dancing with?

 Cabeceo strategies #1: Stop mindlessly looking around.

That only attracts your friends and others with whom you usually dance OR people who don’t use the cabeceo so they don’t even care whether you are looking around or not

What to do instead:

Laser focus on the people you want to dance with.
If you can’t do that from where are sitting… Change spots!

Find a spot that you can easily make eye contact with the people you want to dance with. Try in every way to be closer to the people you actually want to be dancing with, no matter what your role is in the dance

Cabeceo Strategies #2: Don’t just dance with anybody. Use your time in the milonga to connect and dance with the people you want!

You need to switch your mindset about the milonga if you want richer dance experiences.

More dances DON’T make up for the entrance fee.
BETTER dances, good chats and music appreciation-time on the other hand DO!

Think about it this way, if you paid 15$ as an entrance fee, and you danced all night BUT you HATED half of those dances… Then I am sorry but that is crappy night.
If on the other hand, you paid 15$ and you danced 5 GREAT tandas, you chatted with friends, you met 1 new person, and you relaxed to the beautiful rhythms of Tango… THAT is what you call an awesome night.

Preparation and strategic planning won’t spoil spontaneity

As Phil Cousineau has pointed out in The Art of Pilgrimage: “preparation no more spoils the chance for spontaneity and serendipity than discipline ruins the opportunity for genuine self-expression in sports, acting or the tea ceremony”

You need to find the balance between setting up your options and being optimistically ignorant!

The goal here is not to plan everything to a T, trying to avoid all uncertainty and every surprise, quite the opposite..!
Become aware of your options of milongas in your community and of your options in those milongas–in terms of seating, partners etc. And then let the dance itself take over!

Plan for gaining the confidence that no matter what you will have a good time!

So for example: check out the milonga space–if you haven’t been there before.
Notice the people you want to dance with… where are they sitting, who are they dancing with, are they using the cabeceo–remember there are quite a few haters out there– etc.

Based on all that choose strategically where to sit, who to cabeceo, if/ when you need to go to the bar to chat with a potential partner and then OFF YOU GO!

Every milonga, every tanda, every dance is something special….no 2 are alike!
Use the comfort of a plan to be able to walk in the milonga and go with the flow

Join our community here at Bautanz, get that confidence back!

The REAL reason people quit Tango, and how YOU can grow your passion

If you are Tango-ista, going from milonga to milonga, from festival to festival and from workshop to workshop. To quit Tango probably sounds absolutely insane to you… I am sorry you have taken a wrong “click” into this post…
This is a post for quitters really… Yes..!
So let me fast forward you to the part where I am saying how you should be practicing for better and faster results… Here you go:

And if after this you are even more fired up to get started take a look at Intelligent Tango,  the practice course I wish I had when I was building on my Tango passion..!

For the rest of you though… Why do you want to quit?

Why do you want to quit? And actually, why do people quit in general?

I mean I have talked to many different people and they all seem to have a similar problem… the COMMUNITY…

People say things like:

“leaders only want to dance with young and good looking women”
“I feel very nervous, like everyone in judging me…”
“people are too snobbish in Tango, so unwelcoming and rude”
“nobody wants to dance with me… I have been trying  so hard and still none of the good dancers will dance with me” etc etc etc

And let me add a personal note, just in case you are thinking that I am from some other planet… So I used to think that it had to do with the culture..

Yes! Apparently, in my head, the communities in Greece were more welcoming than in Toronto because of a cultural background…

That is not only rude and obnoxious, it is also the lamest excuse, and a bunch of BS, that I used to feed myself instead of putting in the work to actually fit in, meet new people and actually give something to the community.

So with all my love, it is not the community, it is YOU!

It is YOU and your mindset about social dancing, about practicing to become actually better and about sharing an EXPERIENCE with other people.

Where your mind sets, is essential in any sort of hobby you are trying to pick up and today I am going to share with you 3 mindset techniques so you can start building richer experiences on and off the dance floor:

  1. Crush the cliches
  2. Take an honesty bath
  3. Bet on your strengths
  4. Build a clever practice
1.CRUSH the cliches..!

Cliche:is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, even to the point of being trite or irritating, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel” Wikipedia

  • Dance like nobody’s watching
  • Feel the music
  • In Tango there is one body with 4 legs
  • It takes 2 to Tango

What do these phrases mean? They say a lot and nothing at the same time, leaving more confused, and unmotivated!

Replace cliches with REAL words.  Lets give it a try…

  • Dance feeling free and creative. Express yourself through movement with confidence. Don’t give a damn about what other people think
  • LISTEN intently. Spend a lot of time mapping out the song in your mind and body.
    [Check this video out: https://youtu.be/i7YX85leP1Y]
  • Be part of a TRUE partnership, where two partners come together to create something beautiful. Share responsibility!
  • Practice to prepare yourself to be THERE for your partner.

Real words will take you out of the complaining gutter and show you what you need to do next.

Here is a powerful technique that you can use right NOW to replace cliches:

Close your eyes and picture something you consider beautiful–non Tango related.
It can be a follower or a Christmas tree or a beach. Anything you find beautiful.
Focus your mind to its details, at such a level that you can feel as if that thing is right there next to you. Don’t quit before you can see every little details, until you can reach out and grab it.

Share the details either with your partner or with yourself in any form–verbal or written

Close your eyes again and now picture YOUR ideal Tango image, again in every detail.
See yourself in the way you wish to be seen. Feel how you wish to be feeling. Move in the way you wish to be moving.
Don’t judge yourself. Don’t think how you will make there. Only create that Ideal image.

Share those details, without leaving anything out, be REAL!
How did you look, how did you feel?

Examples: “I saw myself in bright red dress, doing a giro. The form wasn’t fully structured, instead it looked like me and my partner where forming the yin and yang. I felt free, able to share and ready to receive, balanced and secure. And having a lot of fun” J

REAL words paint GREATER pictures!

2. Take an honesty bath

Especially when we are at an intermediate level, we have a feeling that we are in fact AWESOME! haha

At this stage your ego is your biggest enemy.
“The ego-dog at it’s own door is like a lion” Rumi

The best way to win over ego is to take a reality bath… A video… Of yourself…  Practicing or dancing…

Sit back… Aaaaaand let reality hit you!

Look at the video as if it wasn’t your own. Look at yourself as if it was a stranger dancing. See how you really are, and don’t offer any excuses to yourself.

Now don’t take action right away. Instead, sit down consider your flaws and acknowledge your strengths.

You don’t want to be like one of those people who rush into action and then get discouraged with the first hiccup.
You see people like that all the time… Every January for example they rush to the gym only to give up on February..! haha

Don’t be like those people, this is what you do instead:

  1. Indentify what the problem ACTUALLY is
  2. Find the source of the problem
  3. Build a sustainable AND enjoyable practice to fix it

Sources to help out with this task:
How you have made your Tango struggles worse
And
Build your ideal dance mindset

3. Bet on your Strengths

So many people will tell you the opposite: practice to correct and fix your flaws…

But I will ask you this: How would you know you are going in the right direction if you have no point of reference?

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That is you right now, right? hahaha

Enough walking in the dark, START FROM YOUR STRENGTHS!

Start working on things you are actually good at. Things you KNOW you are doing correctly. From things that make you feel GOOD! Quadriple on them, and then address your flaws… this way you have an experience to compare your correcting actions to.

For example: Say your walks are great. You feel in control but not tensed, you have a nice steady flow to your walk and you really feel connected while doing them. On the other hand, when you are doing your ochos, you feel stuck, tensed and unbalanced.

This is how you should structure your practice:

  1. 3 quarters of your time you work on your walks( so from 1 hour: 45mins you do walks)
  2. Pay attention and grab all the details that make your walks so GREAT
  3. 1 quarter of your time, you work on your ochos
  4. After you start noticing a shift in how your ochos are feeling ADD on some more practice time to ochos.

This way you enhance your strengths and you use them to correct your flaws.
You have measurables; How many great ochos, can I do today
And you can control your practice, so you can STOP before your technique fails you

4. Build a smart practice

If you are ready to become the dancer you know you can be…
JOIN US!
Subscribe to bautanz.com and lets practice together!
I don’t just share exercises and drills but also mindset technique, tips on social skills and much much more

I hope to talk to you soon!

Chrisa

Special thanks for the guidance to: Tim Ferriss Michael Gervais Eric Ripert Terry Laughlin

 

 

How have you made your Tango dislikes WORSE?

I was listening to this podcast, this past Friday for the 3rd time…haha…yes I liked it a lot and among many other things I found this little gem question, by Jerry Colonna:

“How have you contributed to your dis-pleasures?” (approximate quote but you get the idea)

Isn’t that an awesome, counter-intuitive question?

Think about it, people usually either ask what we did to make things better or they throw their advice right in our face…

Like the 30th time you had a massive fight with your boyfriend and you ran to a friend furious and complaining, only to see them throw their hands in their air and say: “Enough already why don’t just break up with him?”

Don’t you want to punch them in the face?
Hahaha

Why you should ask yourself that question?

Personally, I loved this question because it makes us realize of unconscious decisions that make us miserable plus it gives us a place to start fixing..!

I translated to Tango like so: What are your Tango dislikes and how have you made them worse?
And look what happened…

Here is what a student and friend left as a comment under this picture on FB:
(…) I dislike the attitude of various students. Ego has no place in Tango in my opinion, its a patient dance about the happenings between steps; not a race, show or exercise but a dance. I’ve seen many many kind beautiful souls give up over a bad experience. I don’t really know how else to describe what i see, its like flashy politeness. That classy private sense of creativity and understanding that was once so captivatingly palpable has started to look shallow.

I’ve made this worse by not being the best dancer i could be;  at times, I’ ve compromised rhythm to create smoother movement and connection but it creates a clutter on the dance floor cultivating a subculture of mediocrity rather than learning better leading. I’ve been known to do flurries of ochos, attempt sacadas from strange positions, shirk away from a suddenly really intimate embrace, and not give the lady room or time to completely transfer onto her steps. And all is considered generally uncaring behavior, uncharacteristic of the Tango. (…)” Boris

See the full answer here: My Tango likes & Tango dislikes and how I’ve made them worse

Isn’t it now so much easier for Boris to progress? Knowing what causes the trouble and how he has messed up?

My Tango dislikes and how I have made them worse
My Tango Dislikes:
  1. It looks like a very mature and serious dance BUT for most of us, it takes a lot of time to reach a true maturity physically and mentally
  2. There is no challenge towards the teachers. Meaning students will hardly ever challenge their teacher. They hear the rules and just do them, without judgement.
  3. There is no challenge for the students, because teachers usually–not all–don’t invite the students to question anything… They don’t pose any questions and they rush to give answers. But that is no way to grow
How I’ve made my Tango dislikes worse:
  1. I have been that student and I have been that teacher
  2. I wasn’t asking my teachers any challenging questions
  3. Assumed that every teacher I’ve had, knew it all
  4. Even the questions I did ask, I wasn’t always fully listening
  5. I didn’t appreciate the teachers who really pushed me
  6. When I practiced I didn’t keep any record of what I did, what worked and what didn’t, for my teachers to have something to work with
  7. I researched at a minimum extent
  8. Pretended I was serious and deep spirited instead of spending REAL time growing my knowledge and feeding my spirit
  9. As a teacher I was afraid of my students getting better than me–NOT consciously of course
  10. I wouldn’t allow myself to face all the things I didn’t know
What I like about Tango:

The fact that it has allowed me to rediscover myself.
My passion for Tango made me push my limits, face my fears, take risks and grow.
It challenges me to become better not for someone else but for ME.

I like Tango because of how it makes me feel on and off the dance floor

How to reverse the damage?

Start from yourself!

Ask yourself these 3 questions:

  • What you like about Tango
  • What you dislike about Tango and
  • How have you made it worse

Be honest with yourself and you will then know EXACTLY how to proceed…

Look at this video for example of me before and after:
3 ways to go from good enough to great and beyond

Also if you have followed this blog or are a subscriber you will know that I share podcasts, articles and videos on various themes that I find inspirational, motivational and helpful for people who want to change and progress

If you have watched videos such as this: Heels Vs Toes
or taken any of my classes you know that I ask more questions than the answers I give…

Lastly, I ASK my teachers and peers questions–better late than never, right? hahaha
https://bautanz.com/2017/10/22/meet-mentor-ermis-karaboulas/

There is still a long way to go BUT the path is bright and clear!

Leave your comments below or send me an email with your thoughts, questions and answers, I would love it if I could help you out!

Best,
Chrisa

 

 

 

 

Dance and the Fear of becoming an advanced dancer

“One of the things I dislike about Tango is that many people settle in routines… I have settled too” J
“I am afraid that if I become a really advanced dancer, I will have nobody to dance with”, M

No no these people are not snobs, quite the contrary…

Translate to: “What if I spend all this time and money and end up dancing the same way?” OR “What is the point of learning new things if I am not going to use them?”
And you will see that you have probably fallen into the same trap!

The fear of becoming a truly advanced dancer

Think of yourself going to your local milonga. You walk in expecting to see familiar faces and looking forward to dancing with dear dance partners.
There are a few people who you love to dance with, because your dances are just amazing. There are others that your dances are fun but not amazing.
And then there is that extra category of people… The really advanced dancers. The dancers you wish danced with you, because they look really spectacular on the dance floor…

Now lets think a few months from now… Say you have taken some more classes and put some hours of practice in.
You are starting to feel more confident. There are all these new things that you have learned and you want to use them during your dance.
Maybe you have learned some new sequences, or you have refined your musicality or technique.

You are now walking in the milonga feeling inspired, in high spirits and with high expectations.
First dance is with a good friend and a good partner… Usually an awesome way to start the night…

But things are not going as you expected…

You are feeling restrained.  Something is off.
Things are working but you are just feeling disconnected. You are trying to use the things you have learned but nothing is working…

This is terrible! And the worst part is that your partner is feeling the same way.

Next tanda no change. Things are just getting worse and worse.
The milonga ends and you feel frustrated: “I took all these classes, I practiced for all this time and for what? What on earth is going on?”

A few milongas go by and bling here is a thought: “Of course I have to adjust my dancing to the level of my partner. Of course nobody is as advanced as I am now”

And down the rabbit hole you go!

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Why this marks the end?

Here are a couple of reasons that you need to pull yourself out of that mindset:

  1. It is not very nice to start with.
    It sounds a bit like you are doing people a favor. Your intention is of a kind and gentle nature but still people might feel you pity them. If they pick up on a vibe like that say bye-bye to those partners.
  2. The above statement might be true when it comes to intricate sequences, musicality games, or demanding routines…But YOUR technique, and how much you are enjoying YOUR movement has nothing to do with your partner–nasty, rude weirdos excluded
  3. It leaves you with no incentive to get any better. If you aren’t going to be using any of the new things you learn then why learn them in the first place, right?
  4. It enhances on the fear of: “What if I spend all this time and this money and end up dancing with same people the exact same way”
  5. It instills the idea that Tango is action-reaction when in fact it is a 2 people coming together to create something beautiful
Stop sabotaging yourself..!
Become the dancer you know you can be

Action Step #1: Change of mindset

Stop counting your level in how many classes, dances, festivals, hours, years you are in…

Action Step #2: Accept the responsibility for being advanced

It is not the years nor the sequences, the embellishments or the number of festivals.
But being able to take responsibility for the overall experience of the dance.

An advanced dancer knows if their dance is bad, why it is bad and what to do to fix it.

In Tango an advanced dancer knows very well that:

  • When things work out it is on THEM
  • But when things DON’T work out it is AGAIN on them

Action Step #3: Go from action-reaction to connect and create

How you connect with someone is a marker to how advanced you actually are.

Beginner way of connecting: My partner pushes and I push back
Advanced
way of connecting: Energy offered, absorbed–>movement created and energy is offered back and absorbed

Leading and following are interrelated at a much higher level than just action-reaction

Action Step #4: You CAN inspire

People are not only inspired by great teachers. They are also inspired by someone who puts in the effort, the time and the courage to push his/her limits and grow to a really advanced dancer.

By “ordinary” people who commit to something they are passionate about. People who want to be great at a hobby because it is valuable time spent on themselves.

You can inspire someone by living a richer–in experiences–life on and off the dance floor!

If you want to be an advanced dancer, we can do it together..!

 

 

 

 

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