Argentine Tango School

Posture video class. Argentine Tango at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.

Argentine Tango dance technique 1: Posture

We, humans, are unique among all known species. Our upright posture manifests extraordinary qualities.

From the perspective of a milonguero, good posture is not merely instrumental.

By the way we stand up and present ourselves, we tell our own story, who we are, what we strive for, our dreams, our ideals, our thoughts and emotions. Through working on our posture we work not only on our body but on our entire persona. Therefore, from the perspective of a milonguero, good posture is not merely instrumental, achieved and developed only for the purpose of dancing well, but, in addition to our dance, the way we exist, presented to ourselves and everybody. What we can see in our posture (whether it’s the same or different from what everyone else sees) informs about us and shows what we can improve about ourselves.

Technical details and exercises:

  •  Legs and feet together, your weight distributed equally between them.
  • Bring your weight to one of your feet. Your vertical axis should displace in the direction of the foot that gets your weight.
  • Inside edge of your free of weight leg’s shoe in contact with the floor (“inside edge position”).
  • Your supporting leg’s foot resting comfortably on the floor, conducting the weight of your body through it to the floor.
  • Knees close to each other. Your knees maintaining a constant relation to your axis, which passes through the center of your body, from the top of your head to the center of the base of your body in regard to your weight distribution on one foot or between both feet.
  • Hips leveled, both ilium of your hip bone at the same plane parallel to the floor, aligned to your transversal plane.
  • Torso aligned with a vertical axis, resting on your head, which rest on your legs.
  • Neck and head aligned with the same vertical axis line.
  • Your head resting on your neck, which consequently rests on your torso, torso on your hips and hips on your legs and feet. Alignment of all your body parts to your central axis becomes essential.
  • Eyes looking forward. Sight aligned with the floor, looking to the horizontal line.
Argentine Tango dance with sticks by Marcelo Solis.

Dancing with sticks

We need to educate ourselves with a set of good habits, which in turn will allow us to flow through the dance floor in a comfortable manner. The more of our classes you take, the sooner you will feel comfortable and incorporate what you are learning to be able to dance.
When making your decisions, please keep in mind that learning how to dance is comparable to learning how to live: how much of your life are you willing to give to the goal of living better?
I have seen Pocho Pizarro and others dancing with broomsticks, and hear from older milogueros that it was practiced by them to reaffirm what they learned at practicas.
I highly recommend leaders to train this skill.

Milongueando with Mimi. Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires. Classes. Dance.

Milongueando in Lafayette. Fresedo/Ray tanda.

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.
I must give the new students a sense of Tango as a whole, make them understand that they are learning a culture.
Tango is what happens in the milonga. And when I say milonga, my image is that of the very best of the most authentic milongas in Buenos Aires.
This is what guides my instruction, and that is why, along with others who are after the same goal, we created the Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.

Lafayette classes and milonga are the most similar to a Buenos Aires neighborhood class and milonga. The friendly and committed to learn crowd of regulars makes the experience of this class and milonga to feel very welcoming and rewarding.

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Dancing with Miranda at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires

Walking

Walking, in Tango, is more than basic: it is what we are.

For some time now we have stopped walking, instead sitting all day long in front of screens, steering wheels, and other people.

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.

Learn to dance Argentine Tango and make your life a work of art.

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