Connection in Tango is the #1 thing every dancer, leader or follower, is looking for in every dance.
They feel that the connection in Tango is special, compared to other partner dances, and honestly I feel the same way…
Personally I find it to be a more internal matter, something that somehow speaks through our blood… Compared to other dances that it is more external, more reaching outward in some way…
Does this sound crazy..?
Practicing connection is not as easy as it sounds..!
Crazy or not, I think that because of this internalization dancing and more so practicing can get really frustrating when things are not working out.
Even today’s video is end product of a long “discussion” within the Bautanz community, which started from this video of the great Tango master, Carlos Gavito which brought back some really hurtful memories to some of my students.
The strangest thing though is that Gavitio in this video describes the intimacy of Tango. How special it is to share movement and space with someone through Tango. He describes the touch, the head, the eye contact, the secret dialog between the two partners, which relies on active listening.
And despite all that… the shape of his embrace brought back memories of pain.
Is there really a way to practice connection without getting frustrated?
I don’t want to support my students or followers, but I have to say that I myself have danced with dancers who just copied the shape of Gavito’s embrace and took care of nothing else, resulting to a very hurtful experience.
But I also have to say that I have been in dances where my partner used this very hand hold to make our dance flow better. We shouldn’t therefore assume that it is the hold that destroys the magic, but mostly us, and our level of awareness and listening.
And this is what I wanted to achieve with this video… To find a safe, fun way for us to practice the different forces that go in an embrace and find ways to efficiently respond to them.
I hope you will enjoy it!
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