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    Why do people give Nuevo Tango a hard time?

    Juniper, From a purely personal perspective, I find tango music the most beautiful of all the varieties of dance music, particularly the more wistful and poignant compositions. On the other hand, the actual method of movement has limited visual appeal, at least as far as I can tell: the...
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    Torso angle

    I have heard about that, yes. Luckily I was never really taught that way... sometimes my teachers will break out of the embrace into a "practice hold" (hands on each other's shoulders, almost perfectly symmetrical) if they want to demonstrate new techniques that I haven't tried yet, just because...
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    Torso angle

    D, Great advice. If the "chests-pressed-together" thing is decorative and optional, that's a big relief... it's hard to distinguish preferences/rules when you're less experienced. It certainly looks cute and intimate to onlookers, but for the people actually having to do it, I find it's a...
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    Torso angle

    Oh yes, UK and Xenophon, thank you, I certainly stop and shuffle my feet backward periodically to fix the angle when I am told it is wrong. Only problem is, as soon as I then start stepping, assuming I am moving with the line of dance, the feet come forward again, and soon enough I am told I...
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    Torso angle

    My arms are in the "default" position of left hand raised to the side clutching the woman's hand, and right arm slipped around her waist. As for my torso it is pressed up against the woman's one, with the connection point running approximately from the point of the breastbone up through the...
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    Torso angle

    Evidently, it is perfectly possible to have the chest fully in contact with the partner's chest, and yet still be leaning back too far. I am told all the time that I am doing this. But I don't know how to lean further forward, as where exactly would my chest go, given that it's already pressed...
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    Private lessons: dialogue vs lecture

    Indeed. Yet none of my teachers was selected at random. I asked for individual lessons only after extensively attending their group sessions and identifying whom I liked most. As I said before in another thread, they tend to be better-behaved in group classes, as the potential consequences of...
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    Private lessons: dialogue vs lecture

    Without question. But that is easier to do when you already have a little experience and know what to look for. As a student who is new to the dance, you experience a huge imbalance in "expert power" and naturally assume "teacher knows best". Until, after a dozen hours of tuition, you learn...
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    Private lessons: dialogue vs lecture

    Yes well first of all I had to actually learn to be able to DO the stuff in the first place that the she then wanted me to execute at certain points in the song. Not that she was much help with that either frankly.
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    Private lessons: dialogue vs lecture

    I would be very careful if I were you. It seems that, at least in my part of the world, a person can set up as a "tango teacher" without having any generally recognized qualification from a competent issuing authority or even peer review. And I live in a place which is constantly the target of...
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    Improving via dance colleagues

    I have done it with another couple we are on good social terms with (not just dance, we go out as friends and do other activities as well). By mutual agreement my girl is the best, he is the next best, his girl is next and I am the worst. So it a good learning process especially for me and for...
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    Why do you choose the partner you choose?

    Yes, obviously, there is no need for a dancer to get butthurt in a social context just because something didn't work out on the dance-floor, that would spoil the event for everyone. I think the real kicker is this: So given that the context is a class, if I am trying to copy everything the...
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    Why do you choose the partner you choose?

    It is extremely helpful, yes, thank you. It does differ from what I see and hear at classes and in milongas (our community is too small to have true practicas as such); on the other hand, it is very similar in substance to what coaching I have received on this forum previously, while expressed...
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    Why do you choose the partner you choose?

    Obviously I understand that many, if not most, tango figures are asymmetrical. I have asked questions in the past about many of them: cross, back ochos, calesita—in none of those are the men's and women's moves simply a mirror image of one another. It sounds as if a lot of people don't really...
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    Why do you choose the partner you choose?

    Lilly, surely the answer is obvious. The male and female steps are designed to fit perfectly together, with the neatness of a fine carpenter's dovetail joint. So long as we each do what is expected, and in ensemble with the music, we will come out of it at the same time and in the same place and...