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Marcelo Solis dancing Argentine Tango with Sofia

Tango is a social and partner’s dance

Marcelo Solis dancing Argentine Tango with SofiaTango is a social and partner dance that originated in the city of Buenos Aires, where, together with its music, poetry and culture, the population consider it their identity.

To learn it, you will embrace not only your partner, but Tango itself, its music, culture, and home city.

In my classes, I will guide you into the beauty of Tango music, how to interpret this music with your body, how to enter the dance floor and stay there while you dance. I am going to guide you into the embrace of your partner, into the society of the milonga (Tango dance party), into the culture of Tango, and into the city of Buenos Aires.

In the second half of the eighteenth century, when Tango appeared for the first time, the main social dance was the waltz.  Tango continues and intensifies many of the elements already present in the waltz, for example, taking the proximity between partners to the limit and making them dance in close embrace. Another element already present in the waltz is the line of dance, in which all the couples on the dance floor circulate in a counterclockwise direction. Tango also incorporated this, but now the couples do not have to be continuously moving. Now, dancing Tango, they have more freedom and a more creative use of the space.

In order to make you understand “with your body” these characteristics of Tango, and educate your sensitivity in regard to these and many other elements that shape Tango to be what it is: “A unique manifestation of the human potential”, I will train you with exercises and concepts.

If you have the desire, the passion, the stamina, the perseverance and the necessary patience, I will help you be a part of Tango, to be Tango yourself, to be a “milonguero” or “milonguera”.

In response to those who get disappointed because I insist in improving our walk and ask me with a disappointed tone:  Is then Tango “JUST” walking?

Yes! If you got nothing inside you:  no emotions, no passion, no feelings, if you are an empty shell, if you are a robot that only works and tries to take advantage of everybody… yes… it’s “JUST” walking, as you expressed.

But, if you are a HUMAN BEING, with capital letters, is not.

Your walk is yourself. The way you walk expresses who you are.

If your walk is only utilitarian, your whole life probably is the life of a tool.

Tango challenges you to make of your walk -and your entire life- a work or Art. Learn to dance!!!

Osvaldo y Coca Cartery. Maestros milongueros. Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.

Culture, Buenos Aires and why Tango

Osvaldo y Coca Cartery. Maestros milongueros. Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.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.

This is because Tango is not a commodity.

Tango is an apprenticeship. You do not get Tango the way you get gasoline. It’s not like you can go to any place, or the cheapest place, pay, fill up, and leave having acquired Tango.

You learn Tango from a “Maestro”.

The responsibility of your Tango teacher is to be the bridge between your life before Tango and your transformation into a milonguera or milonguero.

You also have a responsibility on your journey, which will require passion, courage, commitment, discipline, stamina, focus and patience. You must be willing to jump wholeheartedly into Tango.

You want to learn to dance Tango.

Why? Because you are meant to do it.

The rest is either preparation or avoidance of it.

If you were in a place affected by war, you would either drop out by hiding away, or escaping; or you would choose a side and fight.

In peace we are able to be good and beautiful, and we should choose to be as such.

Tango is a language that allows you to speak with your whole being.

Your entire body is talking, in verses, or in a poetic prose, with an everyday colloquial conversational style that can speak in very deep and charming phrases.

Why should we choose to be charming?

As well as we are always learning, we are always educating others.

It is inherent to our human nature.

We must charm to bring others into the task of making this world the way we can be proud of it.

Why are we so insecure when we start dancing for the first time?

Because we are exposing ourselves.

We realize how transparent we become when dancing.

We could hide who we are to others by not dancing, even by learning and rehearsing a choreography, perhaps.

We can hide ourselves to others by acting as a character instead of being who we are.

But Tango is improvised. It requires spontaneity.

Tango is a way to educate you on how to be more like yourself, being proud of it, building on the pieces which are often ignored at work, at the gym, at the bar…

By exposing your weaknesses, you can begin to work on them objectively and improve.

Learning to be a milonguera or milonguero requires a sensitivity to its inherent value.

This is another area where a Maestro can be valuable.

Right now, Buenos Aires is the only city in the world in which there are certain milongas where this system of ethics and aesthetics is the norm accepted by all the participants. It starts with the hosts, the DJs, the wait staff, the regulars and all others who attend.

Are you willing to miss out?

Learn to dance Argentine Tango: make your life a work of Art…

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Tango is a social and partner dance

Dance Argentine Tango in Buenos Aires with Marcelo solis at escuela de Tango de Buenos AiresTango is a social and partner dance that originated in the city of Buenos Aires, where, together with its music, poetry and culture, the population consider it their identity.

To learn it, you will embrace not only your partner, but Tango itself, its music, culture, and home city.

In my classes, I will guide you into the beauty of Tango music, how to interpret this music with your body, how to enter the dance floor and stay there while you dance. I am going to guide you into the embrace of your partner, into the society of the milonga (Tango dance party), into the culture of Tango, and into the city of Buenos Aires.

In the second half of the eighteenth century, when Tango appeared for the first time, the main social dance was the waltz.  Tango continues and intensifies many of the elements already present in the waltz, for example, taking the proximity between partners to the limit and making them dance in close embrace. Another element already present in the waltz is the line of dance, in which all the couples on the dance floor circulate in a counterclockwise direction. Tango also incorporated this, but now the couples do not have to be continuously moving. Now, dancing Tango, they have more freedom and a more creative use of the space.

In order to make you understand “with your body” these characteristics of Tango, and educate your sensitivity in regard to these and many other elements that shape Tango to be what it is: “A unique manifestation of the human potential”, I will train you with exercises and concepts.

If you have the desire, the passion, the stamina, the perseverance and the necessary patience, I will help you be a part of Tango, to be Tango yourself, to be a “milonguero” or “milonguera”.

In response to those who expect to learn patterns and fireworks in my classes, and get disappointed because I am not giving these kids such unhealthy candies, and ask me with a disappointed tone:  Is then Tango “JUST” walking?

Yes! If you got nothing inside you:  no emotions, no passion, no feelings, if you are an empty shell, if you are a robot that only works and tries to take advantage of everybody… yes… it’s “JUST” walking, as you expressed.

But, if you are a HUMAN BEING, with capital letters, is not.

Your walk is yourself. The way you walk expresses who you are.

If your walk is only utilitarian, your whole life probably is the life of a tool.

I am looking forward to seeing you and dancing with you soon!!!

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

The Tango Journey

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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Tango is education

Perhaps you were asking yourself: Why a Tango School?

When I receive a new student in my class I know that he or she wants to learn to dance. But teaching 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.
So, I must give the new students a sense of Tango as a whole, make them understand that they are learning a culture.
I heard someone calling Tango a “sub-culture”. I do not agree. All the elements I have learned while studying Tango are substantial in the general society, and the broader world culture. I learned the importance of my body as the root of my existence. I learned a lot about my interaction with others, how my happiness or unhappiness affects everybody around me. In sum, I learned that everything I do affects everybody in this world.
I have realized the importance of teaching the beauty of Tango.
In my classes I teach all the elements you may have in your checklist, that every Tango instructor claims to teach. Name your favorite element, I do teach it.
However, more important than the element itself is the meaning that the move carries within.
A week ago, I attended an event related to Tango. I was chatting with a couple. They told me they took some tango classes. They asked me if in my classes I made my student change partners. I replied that, yes, but that it was not obligatory, as I knew many couples liked to remain together during the class.
Then they said they were learning “ganchos” in one class, and that they found uncomfortable doing “ganchos” with other people.
Well, I told them that, anyway, learning “ganchos” did not make much sense because if they went to Buenos Aires’ milongas, they would find out that you were not supposed to perform “ganchos” there.
They were surprised, and, I think, a little incredulous of my assertion. Since they never went to Buenos Aires, they could not tell for sure. But I do.
In my 15 years of teaching Tango in the Bay Area (and 19 years teaching Tango in Argentina and worldwide), I have discovered that the main obstacles in teaching a new student is to overcome all the previous ideas about Tango he or she brings to the class, and change them into what Tango really is.
Now, you are probably asking: What Tango is in reality?
My answer is: 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, I created the Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.

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