Okay! Now there is tip-heavy video coming up on leg strengthening and alignment so I don’t want to take time here to give more tips instead I would like to use this space to suggest a few Practice combos; a few other videos that could work extremely well with this newer video so you can grow your practice
First things first though… Your video for the week…
10min Tango practice on legs, alignment and side steps
Sometimes 10 minutes are more than enough.
Especially when you are starting to build your individual practice it is better to start small and expand steadily as the time goes by.
Simply, because you are still unsure of what you need to work on, what you should focus on, what your strengths are, what you should invest more time in and how…
You also need to consider this: if you START with a 1 hour practice where are going to go from there?
How will you grow beyond that, when your body and mind starts asking for more..?
When you are building your practice therefore you need to make sure that your short-term goals are not shadowing your long-term goals.
If though you are ready to invest a bit more time here are few directions you can take your practice towards…
1. Focusing on leg strengthening and balance
Add on the video we were working from 2 weeks ago if you want to work more on leg strengthening and establishing a stronger base:
2. Focusing on biomechanics–how our body was built to work
Many of the tips in our video for this week have to do with how our legs move inside our hips and our hips move around our legs.
Understanding anatomy through movement not only will give you greater freedom when you dance/ move but it will also allow you to get to know your body and yourself better.
So if you want to take it into that direction, you can add this video along:
Followed by this video:
3. Making it a well-rounded practice
Depending how much time you have and how much time you can spend on your Tango during the week, you can schedule your practices in two ways:
- Every day you focus on something different, ex: one day on legs and balance and the other on ochos
- You only practice a couple times a week and so you need to work on all the fundamentals in one go, ex:
A 20min Tango practice on posture, walks and ochos
4. Focusing on musicality
You can even take this into musicality. Technique and musicality are not at all separate. Aside from the obvious connection–aka the stronger your technique is the easier it will be to focus on the music–there is a more physical connection as well.
How you step, how you twist, how you hold your body and overall how you move will allow you to express yourself differently on the music.
Therefore after this week’s leg strengthening video can do this one:
And then this one:
It all started with leg strengthening…. But you have many choices
We started with a video on legs and alignment and look at where we are now..! haha
You have so many options, the above are only a few examples of the plethora of options that you have.
It all depends on what you want to focus on, what are your strengths and what are shortcomings.
No option is better from the other. All of them have something equally important and interesting to offer you. So it is really up to you where you want to take this!
And that is the beauty of Tango overall..!
You start with leg strengthening but from there you can grow in many many different directions all of which will make you a much better dancer and most importantly a better human.
If you decide it is worth investing your time in moving better on and off the dance floor, Tango is a great dance for that. It is heavy on technique and it throws in your face the question:
Do you want to Tango only for fun OR do you want the opportunity to move freely, get to know your body and yourself better and even become happier?
If you want the latter you should also check this out: Intelligent Tango
Let me know how your practice is going and don’t forget to have fun while you are it!
P.S: I read every email so don’t hesitate to shoot me an email with your questions. If I don’t answer you right away, please don’t get offended… instead give me about a week max..! 😉