I am pleased to share with you some reflections on the value we give to Tango and dancing at the milongas, the place it acquires (or we allow it to acquire) in our lives as milongueros, professionals, teachers, students, etc. These thoughts took the aphoristic form and different approaches: direct, metaphorical, philosophical, in the form of dialogues with a more or less imaginary or real interlocutor, as a game, and as poetry.
Why do we choose to dance Argentine Tango with some people and not with others?
September 16, 2022
On occasions, we have danced with someone with whom we have felt such a connection, such an openness to express ourselves, such an encouragement to reveal our maximum capacities in the dance, that everything that was not dancing disappeared.
Dancing Argentine Tango: A Philosophy of Life and the Art of Being Human
July 21, 2022
Tango isn't just about the steps; it's a philosophy that intertwines with the essence of our existence. In this exploration, we uncover how Tango serves as a medium for contemplating life's meaning, fostering friendships, and celebrating the joy of movement. Join us as we unravel the profound allure of Argentine Tango.
To dance well, that is to say: to DANCE, we will have to organize our lives in that direction; I will not be able to dance well if my life develops away from that goal. Indeed, if what I long for is, for example, to make money, then my life will be oriented in that direction, in the direction of abstractions (money is an abstraction), very far from my actual body.
When you like a song, it attracts you in a way from which you cannot break easily. One time you are hooked into the music, it affects you. The music awakes emotions in you. If these emotions make you move, then you are dancing.
The technique has to be a way to use our body efficiently, energizing and healing us. When a movement is technically correct, it is made effortlessly and elegantly.
Pain is a symptom that tells us that we are making an unnecessary effort. A movement made technically correct is gratifying.
Unlocking the Art of Argentine Tango: The Unparalleled Impact of Private Lessons
August 25, 2021
Dive into the world of Argentine Tango through an immersive journey guided by the art of private lessons. Discover the unparalleled impact on your dance, as personalized guidance unravels the intricacies of connection, musicality, and the poetic embrace unique to Tango.
Exploring the Heart of Argentine Tango: From Dance to Cultural Passion
July 21, 2021
I had the pleasure and honor to be interviewed by Vance Woods (Cataloger Valley Library Oregon State University) for his blog “Becoming Argentina”. We talked about how I got to where I am today and how the Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires came into being.
Private lessons for couples, single students, and with two maestros. What to choose?
September 14, 2020
Your best option is to set up a combination of all of these kinds of private lessons, including taking group classes and going to Buenos Aires with your teachers, since they are the ones who, being part of the Buenos Aires Tango scene, should introduce you to it.
During private lessons we focus on:
* Good, relaxed posture.
* Awareness about your body, surrounding space, and your partner's presence.
* A nice embrace that connects you to your dance partner.
* Musical sense: how to listen to Tango music.
* Moving interpreting the music:
* Walking with your partner.
* Changing weight.
* Footwork and technique.
* Basic Argentine Tango patterns.
* More complex patterns and combinations.
This beautifully shot documentary brings the compelling story of a group of young Argentine musicians racing against time to learn and preserve the elegant and nuanced music played by the legendary Golden Age tango orchestras of Buenos Aires in the 40 s and 50 s
How did the bandoneon become the instrument of Tango? The bandoneon is an instrument of exceptional expressivity, which made it perfect for a musical genre that intends to communicate all the rainbow of possible emotions.
“Tango is Life”. What does this sentence mean? It suggests that those who do not tango don’t know what life is. Can such a radical thought make sense?
Ask anyone involved in Tango passionately, which is the only way to be involved in it, and that will be the answer.
This attitude concerning Tango is rooted in the fact that Tango gives you fulfillment, opening you up to the possibility of making your life a work of Art.
Mastering Argentine Tango: Practice, Learn, and Create Sequences for Improvement
March 27, 2020
Unlock the beauty of Tango by focusing on fundamental techniques like walking, both in parallel and cross systems. Learn how to create short sequences of 2 or 3 elements to enhance your dance, making it adaptable to milongas. Discover how to devise embellishments and explore creative ways to reorganize your sequences for a unique dance experience.
Requirements for learning to dance Argentine Tango
November 22, 2019
To dance Tango is to become a milonguero, that means: it is a lifetime decision. Nobody can convince you to do Tango. Only you, if you can see what a fulfilling, wise and beautiful life Tango has in store, can make the decision. Make this clear to yourself.
Embarking on the Journey to Mastering Argentine Tango
September 5, 2019
Embark on an enriching journey towards mastering the art of Argentine Tango. Explore the intricate nuances of this captivating dance form, delve into the vibrant culture, and learn from the profound wisdom shared by seasoned milongueros. Discover how Tango transcends mere movement, becoming an embodiment of rich history and personal expression.
A typical day in Buenos Aires with my tour:
1- We meet at late morning for City tours and having lunch.
2- Afternoon and early evenings classes and practicas.
3- Milongas every night. We leave the mornings an early afternoon free for any private lessons you may like to take while in Buenos Aires.
How to dance Tango: An introduction to the most important details.
December 18, 2018
Whether you are a beginner without any dancing experience, an intermediate dancer looking to polish your dance, or an advanced dancer in search of perfecting your moves, practicing these exercises as often as possible will take your dance to the next level.
Embracing the Essence of Argentine Tango: A Journey through Beauty, Honesty, and Belonging in the Milonga
November 9, 2018
Step into the world of Tango, a dance that transcends steps and embraces beauty, honesty, and belonging. Join me in unraveling the intricate lineage of Tango, celebrating its authenticity in the sacred space of the milonga. Let's explore the magic of Tango, where every step tells a story.
There is a profound wisdom in the ability to dance Tango. A wisdom that you acquire through training, by working on the way you hold your body, the way you move, paying precise attention to detail, developing a sense of awareness and careful respect in dealings with others at milongas, learning to passionately love the music that milongueros dance to, opening yourself up to music that expertly advises you on how to move in every beat.
My desire to get better was shaped through decades of patient learning, careful observation of dancers who inspired and guided me, and passionate dancing in milongas, to challenge others to dance better and to be challenged to better myself.
When I receive a new student in my class I know that he or she wants to dance. But teaching them to dance involves not only showing the moves, but also giving the student a sense of placement, making him or her aware that you cannot just do any move at any time
When you are at the milonga, whether a well known milonguero/a or a new good student, you are making possible that Tango lives. You bring Tango to life, in your body, in everything you do with your body, not by dancing only, but by everything you do.
That's why we feel so at home dancing Tango, in good company, creating something with our body that is real and objective, something that ceases to exist immediately after dancing, leaving us in a state of relaxed pleasure and untranslatable wisdom.
Our head is placed in an upright position, allowing for the development of powerful vision and an extraordinary brain; our arms and hands free from the task of locomotion, set to create new things and reshape the world.
…there is world in which being friendly does not mean being agreeable nor disrespectful of differences, but rather encouraging the individual pursuit of excellence, a road and a goal that is accessible only to you, since we are all different by nature. In this world we learn by imitating, knowing that it will be impossible to be like those we imitate, since they already prevented us that it is not only impossible, but unethical. In this world we need to develop our own interpretation of beauty and demonstrate that it fits the community by concretely putting it into practice, in concrete actions.
Dancing Tango is not only about you and you-and-your-partner. It is also a social event and a culture. It involves more than two: those present at the milonga (tango dance party) in which you assist, and also all those who are intimately related to Tango, at your present time, in the past and in the future (other dancers, the composers of the songs that you dance to, the musicians who recorded the songs, all the people who were passionate about Tango throughout the history of this manifestation of our very unique nature as humans, and those, in the future, who will inherit it after us).
History of Tango - Part 5: The appearance of the bandoneon in Tango
March 5, 2016
During the 1870s arrives to Buenos Aires a very particular immigrant: the bandoneon.
Tango was in its infancy, as well as this new instrument, which was recently invented in 1846 in Germany by Heinrich Band, according to some versions, or Carl F. Zimmerman, according to others. None had patented it.
Let’s say you’re in Buenos Aires and you’re looking for a class or milonga. Typically, you might do some research using the internet or follow the advice of someone you don’t know that well, which could lead you to missing out on what only Buenos Aires has to offer in relation to Tango.
Humans are the only known beings that walk upright. Our walk is as characteristic as our rational mind. They are related.
You can know about other people by looking at the way they walk. You can know yourself better if you can see yourself and see the way you walk. Others can know about you by paying attention at the way you walk.
Tango asks you to be honest, and show your honest self. Very probably, at the beginning you do not recognize yourself in what appears when you allow yourself to be natural, let it go, and you may not like it! But, good news, once you know yourself and how you actually move, you can change it, you can shape it, and you can work on making yourself more elegant without pretending. And that is going to make you stronger. And for that, you will be thankful to Tango forever.
I cannot make a new student passionate about tango. I can share my passion with my students. But many would judge me crazy, obsessed, neurotic, and I would reply that while you judge, you cannot dance.
By Alvaro Dominguez
I began learning to dance Tango about three and a half years ago, on Halloween. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and when I started I had no idea how large the Tango community here was, and was impressed by the number of classes, teachers and events.