Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by dancelover2012, Mar 1, 2017.
Counting 1234 or QQS make you feel good in Tango?
Without digressing into several paragraphs about proper tango technique, I prefer to count "quicks, slows, and 'ands'" at least for International and American tango.
Depends on the figure and the music. When I do have to count (I don't like to), I switch back and forth. Whatever works - and it's done in your head anyway
My preferred way of "counting": baaa-da-ba-buh-bah, baaaa, baaa, bah and bah
Depends... If I'm working on small sections I'm likely to use slows and quicks, or yit-tut-tahs, if I'm working on choreography I'm likely to use an 8 count. What method I use doesn't matter too much, but intonation and emphasis does, so I know where my accent, commas and periods are.
Similar: it depends on what I'm working on. But I generally only count during lessons or practice. On the social floor, the only time I count (not out loud!) is when I'm executing a figure that I haven't learned very well yet.
I don't really understand why, but my instructor insists I count QQS in Tango, but 1234 in Foxtrot. I need to ask him again, but any thoughts on that?
Simply this ; FT is more of a "blended " rhythm, whereas tango's bars are more defined, with somewhat of a pause .
This is what Scrivener would count in a basic; step catch , step catch ,step step .
For those of you who do not know who Scrivener is; He and partner Nelly ,are the ones largely responsible , for how Tango should be approached, rhythmically .
He might be noticing that you move differently depending on how you are counting. (I know that I do this.)
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