Discussion in 'Tango Argentino' started by flyingwind66, Jan 24, 2015.
Indeed. And it seems to beg the question: What is Argentine Tango?
I might change this to, "As some of us know" (like you and I). Not everyone knows what you are describing. Some strictly dance to the beat, and there's nothing wrong with that.
Others, like you (and occasionally myself), will also take our "cues" from the lead at times. It's a very personal thing, IMO. A lot of the time, what I'll do is step on the beat, but change the expression of the step, based on how the emotion of the song moves me, (assuming I'm not spending most of my thinking about how to avoid the guy taking multiple steps backwards into me).
There is always that.
Not for me it doesn't.
Long ago I rejected all the liquid/dynamic embrace stuff
and began to seek the dance in tango. And simply put it's
a partner dance to tango music. What you make of it is up to you,
what you think a partner dance is is also up to you. I've already
expressed what I think a partner dance is, and that in tango
the connections are not only the physical and the sensual
but also aurally rhythmic as in most if not all partner dancing.
Of course what you do with the rhythm once you are experienced
is up to you but it still remains the underpinning and first you have
to know and feel your partner. Don't leave her behind.
I could at this point write a dismissal of your assessment of the
Tango and Chaos videos you referred to but I actually feel that
Rick McGarrey was mistaken to analyse in the way he did.
They merely demonstrate quite clearly that the men use their feet
as needed for the movement which results in the quick double step
foot change: it's practical not musical.
Watch the women, they are dancing rhythmically.
In my case I try to walk simple and elegant while I follow the rythym
I know contemporary (modern) dancer who practice partner dancing.
Non-verbal communication is excellent with her.
When dancing with her it feel much better than looking.
Only when going extreme she lose it because of bad technique.
Watching her dance is an eye-sore. But it's very enjoyable to dance with her.
"Soft knees". Anytime your legs are in the supposed "straight" position then your knees should be soft not locked. When they're in the bent position, well, that's self-explanatory.
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