Rotation Vs dissociation

Intelligent Tango-5min practice on rotation (ocho focused)

Rotation Vs Dissociation-Disassociation

Dissociation or Disassociation is a word commonly used in Tango mostly for ochos. If though you do a google search for the word this is what you find on wikipedia:

“In psychology, dissociation is any of a wide array of experiences from mild detachment from immediate surroundings to more severe detachment from physical and emotional experience. The major characteristic of all dissociative phenomena involves a detachment from reality, rather than a loss of reality as in psychosis


All teachers have used it. All dancers have heard it. And all bodies hate it!

Make things better through rotation

The word dissociation implies that there is a disconnection, a detachment, an that is why our bodies hate such concepts.

Movement in our bodies is multi-directional and involves different parts of the body. Our movement therefore is more efficient and smooth, and fun, when we we tap the automatic and unavoidable connections happening within. Connections on a muscular level, in the bone structure, through the breath. Through the senses, the organs and the blood flow. Our body is ONE!

So I like to think of ochos through rotation.  A rotation of the lower relative to the upper or vice versa.
This way instead of thinking in isolation we can re-frame the way we get into our ochos allowing the whole body to get involved in creating that rotation. Allowing our upper and lower body to work together instead of looking detachment.

In this series of short practices we will see how we can best practice rotation for a more comfortable, smooth and amazing ocho…

Here is video#1:

Intelligent Tango–5min practice on rotation

I gave myself 5mins for this one but of course you can do it for longer…I wouldn’t recommend that you do it for less time unless you decide to do only one of the exercises.

This is your practice though, you get to decide what feels better for you!

So have fun and let me know if you have any questions/ concerns or comments.

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