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The embrace – a place to yield to!

In this week’s Live tango practice, we worked on the suspension created in the embrace. It was an attempt to connect the dots, between the message received through the hands/ arms and the action taken from legs.

Taking the time to yield

I wanted to take the opportunity to explain a bit more in depth the element of suspension, pulse and yielding. These are all words used during this practice and sometimes words don’t communicate in the best of ways what we can communicate through movement.

Let’s start from the latter, yielding, because if we don’t yield we can’t efficiently suspend and create a pulse.
Yielding shouldn’t be confused with relaxing or letting go. We are reaching for the ground, the sky, our partner prior to taking action. In that state we are ready to act, but we have already established our connection, our support.

It is that connection and support that we don’t want to loose while moving. Instead we want to carry it along with us as we go.
And so the lead and follow shouldn’t be described as press and resist, but more as a coming together, as supporting each other. Therefore the frame needs to be elastic, and absorbent without collapsing though. It is that elasticity, that spring that transfers the message through the arms to the body while keeping us connected.

It is in our anatomy

All of this we see it supported by the human anatomy. Even in the most solid element of our body, the bones, there is moisture, there is fluid and elasticity. One of the contractions our muscles create is actually the elastic recoil. Our breathing has a pulse, a spring in it.
We have experience from yielding to the earth, feeling grounded, secure, calm and confident before acting. Or when we immerse ourselves in a conversation with a dear friend where there is a continuous effortless connection. 
We also have experience of things not happening not efficiently. When we try to lift something without the necessary preparation. Or when we are angry and our movement becomes rigid and out of our control. Also, when we are stressed and not breathing properly.

So we have the experience of yielding, connecting and elasticity. It is indeed  in a different context but we still there for us. We can be further explore through Tango and all other dance forms and movement practices.

Leading and Following through the arms

Speaking in Tango terms, I would encourage you to think and practice leading/ following through the arms and not with the arms.

And though it is not easy to explore partnership alone, it is essential. Practicing on your own, allows you to spend time experiencing your body moving and allowing for that experience to inform your knowing. 
In parallel practicing with a partner is equally important. It has to be though someone who is honest and able to share with you their experience. Still though that doesn’t undermine the importance of your personal practice. 
If you don’t spent time self-exploring you can’t have a discussion with your partner, you simply adjust to satisfy them. In order to progress, you need to be able to build on solid grounds, grounds of understanding and awareness. Then you can make conscious decisions on how to progress instead of adjustments on the spot. 

More resources below… 😉

So if I have inspired you to further explore the embrace here are some extra videos to do so:

  1. Finding the embrace: https://youtu.be/EOYvbesyQio
  2. The power game in the embrace: https://youtu.be/GRxD9WYMgKs
  3. Suspension in the embrace: https://youtu.be/5n6XVrUWcEU
  4. And if you would like to see more live practices visit this page: https://bautanz.com/online-tango-practice/

Enjoy,
Chrisa

3 ways to change your practice to get fun, creative dances faster

Change…
Every time I think about “change” this scene from Friends comes to mind

Go to 1:00 and wait till 1:26 when he says:
“….Nobody likes…change…”
Hahahaha

Hilarious but so true!

A powerful story about change

Floyd Mayweather & Conor Mc Gregor, The New York Times

Do you know who the fellow getting beaten up in the picture above, is?
Mixed Martial Artists and UFC champion or simply the Notorious, Conor McGregor 

And the person who is punching him?
Floyd Mayweather 50-0 winner in Boxing and the winner of this lucrative fight.

Now I am wondering why on earth a mixed martial artists agrees to fight one of the best boxers of our times?

“For the money, Chrisa. Duh!”
I want to remind you he is already rich.
“Well rich people don’t have limits, they just want more.”
The truth is he can get more while winning:
I’ve already been raising the MMA checks, so don’t get it twisted,” McGregor said. “I’m still gonna raise the MMA checks when I go back there.

So why did he do it and why should we even care?

“I have many options in mixed martial arts. I’m sure there are options that will present themselves in the boxing game,” McGregor said. “Right now, I’m a free agent … We’ll see what’s next, but I’m open.”

What do you notice in this statement?
That he is arrogant and wants to keep his fans on the edge?
Mmm…
Maybe!

But also that he is flexible and  looking for the next challenge.
He says: “I have MANY options..” and “options will present themselves in the boxing”… “I’m open”

What else do you notice?
Come on now, stay with me here, you will soon find out why we are doing this. Tell me what else do you notice?

That he didn’t fight just any boxer. He fought the boxer with 49 and now 50 to 0 unbeatable boxing fights! He fought with one of the BEST!

And stated:
30 minutes was the longest I have fought in a ring or cage or anywhere. Surpassing my previous time of 25 minutes. I am happy for the experience and happy to take all these great lessons with me and implement them into my camp going forward. Another day another lesson!” (thenotoriousmma, Instagram)

So what did he do, this notorious Conor McGregor?

At a time when he is at HIS best level of fighting, he went to box with one of the BEST boxers, and could immediately identify at least 1 important characteristic that made his opponent great!
He was just a lot more composed with his shots.” C. McGregor

Now do you see why you should care?

If you want to continue learning and progressing. If you want to see results and creat more opportunities for yourselves to be creative and free on the dance floor.

You need to challenge yourselves. You need to change strategicaly built in your practice.

And this is how you do that:

The biggest mistake you can make in Tango is to limit yourselves to one Tango flavor. To avoid trying different styles, different techniques and different perspectives and approaches.
Challenge yourself not only for progress in general, but also for a chance to feel unique, to feel that you have a style of your own on the dance floor.

Have Fun,
Chrisa