3 Tango Conversations

3 Tango Conversations

Conversation 1

Begins with: “Dance with me and tell me what is wrong, and then fix it.” 

This might be one of the top five requests I get from students after asking them what they would like to work on in class. This request always makes me feel like a tango physician and the student my patient. There is a diagnosis I should make based on the signs and symptoms. Then, I should prescribe the appropriate treatment.

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Four questions for tango class

Four questions for tango class

For experienced tango dancers and teachers in training

During class, teachers will probably use a set of tools, learning devices, and methods that they are comfortable with. Some of these they will explain and openly disclose to all participants in the workshops or classes, while others will be hidden.

As a tango teacher or learner, your involvement and engagement in class is critical to the success of the enterprise. Having a strategy is a good way to foster engagement. In this article, I present a few suggestions in this direction.

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Correct Tango Posture

Correct Tango Posture

What is the correct posture to dance the Argentine Tango? Is there such a thing as “correct" or “ incorrect" posture? The short answer is, yes. We will get there step by step. Building tango posture is a process, and we need to begin somewhere unexpected.

Finding and keeping good posture when you dance will help you improve your tango skills enormously. In order to know how to get there, we need to first find the starting point. Helping you locate this point in your body is the purpose of this article.

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Tango Learning Teachers: 4 Tips to foster better learning in class

Tango Learning Teachers: 4 Tips to foster better learning in class

This is a follow up from a post I wrote last week (read it here), in which I wrote about tips for tango learners to improve learning in a class. In this post, you will find the corresponding tips for tango teachers. If you are a teacher, and you liked the ideas I gave to learners, you might find this article supportive.

Good tango teaching involves being able to create the best learning environment you can. While this doesn't totally depend on you, your contribution strongly influences the tone set in class. Creating and maintaining a good learning environment involves many aspects, one of the most crucial being active student engagement.

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4 Tips for improving your learning in tango class

4 Tips for improving your learning in tango class
  • Warm-up
  • Bring a question
  • Take notes
  • Cool down

Some students are able to take more advantage of their time in tango class. Over the years, I have observed how week after week in class, the difference between these students and others grows wider. We often say that it is because these people are better dancers. However, I believe that it is often because these students are better learners. In most cases, being a better learner is not due to a unique gift a certain student possesses, but rather their ability to know what helps them learn and having the determination to use this knowledge in class. This ability can be developed over time. I will call this ability having a learning strategy.

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