Being musical–So much more than doing steps on the beat

Remember last week when we were talking about music?

About the magic, the power that music has… That great magical power to bring back memories, to fill us up with joy,  grief, nostalgia, hope, love.

Aaaah! Yes!

So what on earth happens when it comes to dancing to the music? Why, even though we want to be musical and expressive, do we throw all of that out the window?

Is it Tango music that is complicate or are you not paying attention?

We completely ignore of all that beauty, all that power mentioned above and either focus solely on the beat, trying to find that damn 1

Or even worse we ignore the music in TOTAL and we focus sequences that don’t even matter…

Now I am not saying that sequences are not important. But it is good to make a distinction here of what they really are… they are nice sentences that will get you to start a conversation BUT won’t ensure that your conversation doesn’t end up being boring..!

Oh shoot! I forgot…there is something even worse… Doing both of those at the same time..!

Being musical–SO much more than just steps on a beat vol. #2

Our focus in this video is to find a way to become more musical, more expressive with the music.
For this reason, we are using basic almost primitive–Tango wise– elements. This way we don’t have to worry about the technical aspect of the movement and we can explore freely the different moods in the music and take a step further towards embodying the music.

Here are a few tips to help you out:

  1. Don’t dive into it right away, listen to the music first.
    Listen actively,  for the changes in rhythm, for the changes in mood, for any melancholic melodic parts, or strong beats and of course listen for the pauses. To become more musical, you need to start from the music

  2. Then after you start feeling more secure with the song you choose–YES stick to 1 song–start making little choreographs in your head. Imagine yourself dancing to it, see in your mind your options

  3. Time for your SIMPLEST options to come to life.
    Keep it simple. Walks and shifts of weight, that is all I am doing, and I encourage you to do the same.
    Focus on learning the music through movement instead of trying to fit different sequences to it.

  4. Last but not least, ENJOY it.
    And how do you do that, give permission to yourself to suck! haha
    The first few times will feel strange and awkward and you will find yourself thinking that you don’t know what you are doing.
    That is absolutely normal and the FUN part of the whole process.
    Let yourself be moved by the music and you will find your way. Start simple, be patient and laugh at your fails!

Oh! I almost forgot… HAVE FUN!


P.S: If you are wondering why it says vol. #2 it is because we had a
vol. #1 some time ago, here it is:

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