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Enrique Santos Discépolo

“Uno” by Juan D’Arienzo y su Orquesta Típica with Héctor Mauré in vocals, 1943.

“Uno” by Juan D’Arienzo y su Orquesta Típica with Héctor Mauré in vocals, 1943.

Enrique Santos Discépolo, portrait.

Enrique Santos Discépolo

Poet, composer, actor and playwright. (27 March 1901 – 23 December 1951)

Discépolo’s work aroused interest in the field of thought.

The Spaniard Camilo José Cela included him among his preferred popular poets and Ernesto Sábato had no doubt in identifying himself with his pessimistic philosophy.

Another writer from Buenos Aires, Julián Centeya, when reviewing one of his films, talked of «philosophy in small coins», and at the same time was risking an analogy —undoubtedly exaggerated— between Discépolo and… Charlie Chaplin.

Read more about Enrique Santos Discépolo at www.todotango.com

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  • Now they started a new project that addresses the dancers and the website is https://en.mytango.online
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Marcelo & Mimi Dancing Argentine Tango

How to become a good dancer –and keep getting better.

How to become a good dancer –and keep getting better.

I like to share with you my experience and advice. So let’s start with these exercises:

Change of weight

At the most basic, weight change is the fundamental core of all Argentine Tango moves. Achieving an efficient, elegant, and smooth control of it will bring these qualities to your whole dance.

Walking

Argentine Tango makes walking a work of art.

Basic box pattern

Argentine Tango is improvisation. However, choreographic patterns develop similarly to idioms in a language and as personal creations. This pattern we work on here is basic and will allow you to apply what you have learned before.

How to move?

It is often “how” rather than “what” that defines Argentine Tango.

Pivots

Pivoting most efficiently is an essential skill to dance Argentine Tango.

Body awareness

We can understand our walk and leg’s motion as a system of pendulums.

Constant improvements

Being a good dancer requires you to manage your time to maintain an active and aware relationship with your body.

Bar and chair exercise

Here are some of the best exercises you can do to improve your Argentine Tango.

Molinete

You need to know this to make turns when you dance Argentine Tango.

Explore your body’s possibilities.

Do what our life in our societies do not require us to do.

One of the appeals that Argentine Tango offers is the possibility of exploring our bodies beyond what we usually are required to do in our everyday life.

What are we required to do?

  • Sit.
  • Stand up.
  • Lay on the bed.
  • Walk (very little) and, occasionally, run.
  • Bend over to pick up something, which may be the most challenging move to do.

These simple actions –being very effective regarding productive activities– constrain our bodies, making our movements rigid, decreasing our elasticity, and developing the habit of not relaying in ourselves, always requiring outside help.

We lose awareness regarding the continuity between these positions.

We ignore how we transit from, for instance, sitting to standing up, and then walking, and then sitting again.

All our movements become clumsy.

Furthermore, we become rigid in our personas, losing the ability to adapt to changing situations, becoming stubborn, insecure, unfriendly, and prone to isolation. 

For example:

  • Replace sitting in all activities that require it with alternative positions.

I like to use a standing desk for office work, and I combine it with laying on the floor on my belly, on my back, on my sides, and crossing legs sitting on the floor or my chair.

  • When you need to stand up for a while: squat, bend over, stretch, do tree pose, etc.

Pay special attention to how you move from one position to another, making your moves fluid and aware.

Explore your spaces beyond their expected use.

It is common to fill our rooms with furniture and appliances that invite us to be still or impede our movement: couch, television, chairs, tables, etc.

I invite you to clear your rooms to make space for yourself.

Do not put yourself under unnecessary stress.

As well as we fill up our space, we fill up our time to the extreme of not having any time.

Give yourself time to enjoy the pleasure of existing.

Do not remain connected to the whole world all the time. Turn off your devices. Read the news one or two times a day and focus on your life plans more often. Give yourself time for good conversations with your partners, friends, and family. Read, listen to music in an active way (not as background music), watch a good movie once in a while, visit a museum, appreciate art and history.

Enjoy challenging yourself.

Do not force or exhaust yourself doing what you or others demand you do.

Enjoy your body.

Find all possible ways to give yourself joy by participating in your body’s existence.

Eat well.

Good meals are enjoyable.

Sleep well.

No more sleep deprivation.

Find a good teacher/instructor/coach.

Do not approach them trying to bargain. Instead, take whatever deal they present to you. Get to know the value they provide you before making financial assessments.

Do not depend exclusively on classes.

Instead, have your own routines, create your own exercises according to what you can find out about yourself, research -you have tremendous resources that you can tap thanks to the internet and smartphones-, develop your method, the one that suits you the best, without getting fixated to it, remaining open to evolving.

Eventually, show your teacher your work. It is always necessary to have the objectivity of an expert outside view.

Learn by allowing yourself to make mistakes and keep trying.

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“Nos encontramos al pasar” by Lucio Demare y su Orquesta Típica with Horacio Quintana in vocals, 1945 (English translation of the lyrics).

“Nos encontramos al pasar” by Lucio Demare y su Orquesta Típica with Horacio Quintana in vocals, 1945 (English translation of the lyrics).

Nos-encontramos-al-pasar-vinyl-disc

Music: Raúl Kaplún. Lyrics: José María Suñé

We meet as we pass
You are the same, the same as yesterday,
There is anxiety in your eyes
And the same gray of dusk.

I know of a deathly sorrow,
That in your soul left
Terror of being able to love.
And it’s that deathly sorrow,
The cross of your love, you see
Wanted to separate us.
We meet as we pass by
and today like yesterday
I love you just the same.
Still the same as yesterday, your night
Shadow and pain of a memory,
I do not have a reproach,
if you are in hell
That could do more than me.
I always have that love
It was and is yours, all yours,
Your yesterday undone
It is so far,
It never comes back.
There is a past to forget
And a great pain, which must be killed,
There is another life to live
And there is this love, which still lives in me.
We have a long way to go
That’s why my voice
It clings to your loneliness.
I seek in the shadow to frighten,
The voices of horror, which shake
Your nights of anxiety.
There is a life and a love,
that are in me
Same as yesterday.

More Argentine Tango lyrics

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We are happy to have a collaboration with the people from tangotunes.com from whom some of you may have heard, they do high-quality transfers from original tango shellacs.

It is the number 1 source for professional Tango DJs all over the world.

  • Now they started a new project that addresses the dancers and the website is https://en.mytango.online
    You will find two compilations at the beginning, one tango and one vals compilation in amazing quality.
    The price is 50€ each (for 32 songs each compilation) and now the good news!

If you enter the promo code 8343 when you register at this site you will get a 20% discount!

Thanks for supporting this project, you will find other useful information on the site, a great initiative.

Letra original en castellano

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Carlos Di Sarli signing autographs

“El distinguido ciudadano” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1952.

“El distinguido ciudadano” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1952.

Carlos Di Sarli signing autographs

Carlos Di Sarli

Pianist, leader and composer (7 January 1903 – 12 January 1960)

Di Sarli moved beyond the style of the guardia vieja of tango and Julio de Caro‘s avant-garde, preferring to forge his own style without concession to the fashions of the day. 

While being influenced by Osvaldo Fresedo early on, he soon established his own way. 

A talented piano player, he directed his orchestra from behind his own instrument. 

His recordings do not feature significant instrumental solos; the bandoneóns at times carry the melody but essentially play a rhythmical, milonguero role. Only the violins stand out, playing a short solo or a counterpoint melody. 

He recorded many tracks more than once over the years.

Di Sarli’s creativity was mostly shown by the left hand piano part, filling in, modulating and accenting his delicate and elegant dancing beat. 

His reputation for musical elegance got him his nickname El Señor del Tango (The Gentleman of Tango).

Read more about Carlos Di Sarli at wikipedia.org

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It is the number 1 source for professional Tango DJs all over the world.

  • Now they started a new project that addresses the dancers and the website is https://en.mytango.online
    You will find two compilations at the beginning, one tango and one vals compilation in amazing quality.
    The price is 50€ each (for 32 songs each compilation) and now the good news!

If you enter the promo code 8343 when you register at this site you will get a 20% discount!

Thanks for supporting this project, you will find other useful information on the site, a great initiative.

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Roberto Rufino with Carlos Di Sarli.

“Boedo y San Juan” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica with Roberto Rufino in vocals, 1943.

“Boedo y San Juan” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica with Roberto Rufino in vocals, 1943.

Roberto Rufino with Carlos Di Sarli.

Roberto Rufino

Singer and composer (January 6, 1922 – February 24, 1999)

He was known as “El Pibe del Abasto” or ” El Pibe Terremoto” and sang with renowned orchestras such as Carlos Di Sarli, Miguel Caló, and Aníbal Troilo in addition to doing it as a soloist.

In 1939 -when he was 17 years old- at the request of Carlos Di Sarli’s representative who had heard him sing, the musician bought him a suit of long pants – Rufino came from a humble home and wore shorts- he joined his orchestra. He presented him on Radio El Mundo and at the Moulin Rouge cabaret and on December 11, 1939, they recorded for RCA Víctor the tango “Corazón“, by Di Sarli and Héctor Marcó.

Then they continued recording – at that stage, he reached 46 pieces, an unprecedented record for his 21 or 22 years – and momentarily left Di Sarli.

In 1943 he returned with Di Sarli, and on December 17 of that year, the tango “Boedo y San Juan” was recorded, the last recording of Di Sarli-Rufino.

Read more about Roberto Rufino at wikipedia.org

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It is the number 1 source for professional Tango DJs all over the world.

  • Now they started a new project that addresses the dancers and the website is https://en.mytango.online
    You will find two compilations at the beginning, one tango and one vals compilation in amazing quality.
    The price is 50€ each (for 32 songs each compilation) and now the good news!

If you enter the promo code 8343 when you register at this site you will get a 20% discount!

Thanks for supporting this project, you will find other useful information on the site, a great initiative.

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