Recent content by gniksic

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    European meet ups ?

    Thank you for the recommendation! This year the festival will be bigger than ever. Many good foreign dancers are coming. It would be great to know if someone from this forum will join us.
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    OK then, European weekenders...

    News: Geraldine Rojas and Ezequiel Paludi will be here, too.
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    OK then, European weekenders...

    Another Croatian weekend-festival is coming up: "Zagreb tango festival" Dates: 15-18 December 2011. Location: Zagreb, Croatia So far, the only confirmed couple are Julio & Corina. More info should be available soon, as I heard. All I can provide is a link to a FB photo, via PM, because...
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    Determining skill by watching

    There are some visual observations one can profit from, although dancing with someone is decisive for me. Some are universal and style-invariant, some are not: 0. The embrace: some embraces simply look painful for me, independent of a particular style. But I'm a leader, so I choose the...
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    Are you too hard on yourself?

    OH, I HATE that... Why does it happen? It's still a mystery to me. Sometimes it happens even in the slight apilado, which should provide extra space, and while dancing slowly... I hope someone will shed some light on that for me one day.
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    One of Pablo and Noelia's last performances together :(

    Well, it seems another part of the puzzle is revealed. Most of Pablo's FB friends knew he'd be performing with Cecilia Piccini but now here's the video. Youtube -> watch?v=WItX1G-YifE Actually, I'd have bet (before they had split up) she'd go for a more traditional style, and he for the...
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    OK then, European weekenders...

    Hmm... maybe. Incredible that it has been so poorly advertised in Croatia, I am truly amazed... I've heard of this event recently when I stumbled upon it while looking for something else. Purely by accident. Croatia is full of tango events (festivals in Poreč, Zadar and Rijeka, many...
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    Trip to BsAs!

    Me too, with my wife. (smiley)* Early February, I think. I was planning to open up a similar topic one of these days. I've been told by some friends who have been there several times that February is the best time of year because you avoid the hordes of tourists at CITA. If you want to go...
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    Low vs. High boleo - leader's choice or follower's choice?

    Yes, you're right... sorry if I caused confusion. One reason I entered this discussion is a situation when I lead the boleo with a lot of energy, as I described it, but the follower damps the circular motion without an apparent reason and her leg stays on the ground because of that. But that...
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    One of Pablo and Noelia's last performances together :(

    I'm not trying to convert people to Pablo&Noelism. I personally like his Di Sarli instrumental interpretations the best, which is why I salivate from time to time. Sorry, I'll wipe myself off before I post the next video... (wink) You seem to be trying to convert us violently to...
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    Low vs. High boleo - leader's choice or follower's choice?

    Fine, but it's hard for me to visualize that kind of boleo or the amount of energy required. Do you have a video example by any chance? I would appreciate it. So far I've seen only the kind of HE boleos that I'm describing. That's why I am answering to your next question this way: I lead the...
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    8-week Beginners' series

    I'm no teacher but after my first season of learning I started attending the new beginning classes. They were a few leaders short and I felt I needed more practice in basics: a good combination for everybody. This also gave me a unique perspective on some of the things you mentioned. I'll try to...
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    Low vs. High boleo - leader's choice or follower's choice?

    What I forgot to add is: "I don't understand why the follower would choose to allow only one half of her leg to be free, given enough energy to do that boleo and wanting to do it that way." Then we are in agreement. I didn't say that leaders lead the boleo. They DON'T, in my opinion...
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    Low vs. High boleo - leader's choice or follower's choice?

    I could have misunderstood, but if you are comparing the whole-leg-boleo and the below-the-knee-boleo, I will rephrase what I said before, because I believe it applies to linear boleos, too: I believe that if the follower's "free" leg is really free and relaxed, then by increasing the energy...
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    Alternative Milonga

    This festival was in Poreč, on the Istrian coast. It is organized by my teachers from Zagreb (Zrinko and Tajana) and this was the second edition. I'll send you some links with info about tango in Croatia just in case you return here. I'll have to do it in a PM since I'm still not allowed to post...