The Tango Journey

The Argentine Tango Journey: metaphoric image of the hardness of this enterprise. You also find joy.

These elements are essential to your Tango journey:

Take care of them and you will became a great dancer
  1. Posture is essential.

    When we dance Tango we engage in a multiple faceted experience. It is like a diamond, furthermore, it is like a “string” in the “string theory” of physics, with outside and inside dimensions. One of these facets is purely mechanical: a couple dancing Tango makes a mechanical system.

    Our posture is, in essence, the way we set up a fundamental piece of that mechanical system.

    If a part of your car is not well placed or not well shaped, your car won’t run well or won't run at all.

  2. At our school we can teach you, showing you what is necessary.

    We can give you a set of different exercises to do.

    We can make you do these exercises at a class, but nobody can change your posture or make any other necessary changes but yourself, as well as nobody can do your dance for you but yourself.

  3. That takes us to an important realization you have to make at the very beginning of your Tango journey:

    you will need to make changes in yourself, many kind of changes, many self-explorations, many plain acceptances of corrections, many learning curves.

    All that will require a great deal of courage.

    Tango is not about satisfying your ego. It is about Tango itself. It is very important to take a minute, and think about what is our goal with Tango. Be aware that you are about to be part of a community. The natural habitat of that community is the milonga. It is not the class. The class is merely an Argentine Tango school to prepare you to be at the milongas. It is not the festivals: they make only exceptional moments in the life of a milonguero. It is not the stage, where Tango is as real as a Hollywood movie or a Broadway production is real life. The life of a milonguero consists of everyday milongas. So, we have to make the milongas a wonderful experience for us, if we want to become milongueros.

Argentine Tango dancing with Julia t our Argentine Tango School: Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires - Marcelo Solis, in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose and Lafayette.

Many of you know how much I love to learn and practice martial arts.

In a martial art class, when your teacher is giving you corrections, all the oxygen in your lungs and your brain is taken by the fact that you tried to beat the other person, or avoiding to be knocked out by him or her.

Nothing is left to talking back or giving excuses.

You listen. And that is great, fundamentally, because you always learn something when you listen. I understand, you have a life that sometimes gets in the way of your desire of dancing Tango. You have a day job; you are stressed out by many factors like the economy, your health, your children, etcetera, etcetera… What I propose, when you get corrected, is to listen, consider, and try. You do not need excuses. There are way too many excuses not to dance.

The learning process is not a continuum.

I understand that you may be tired. Something might be going on in your life, and you cannot focus on your passion as much as you would like to. However, my job is to do what you pay me for: showing you how to dance Tango. I know that you know all that. I know that you know that I know it. I will be patient. After all, I do what Tango does, something older people in Tango always tell you:

Tango is waiting for you...


 
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