Recent content by Gssh

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    Looking for social dancing videos

    Hah! I like this - i tend to say that people should not worry about the icing and only work on the cake - but this is much, much better - tango is a _social_ dance and solipsism is probably at least as inappropriate as treating the dance as a performance.
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    Looking for social dancing videos

    As an added thoughts (thank you everybody for this thread btw - it got me to trying to verbalize a lot of things to myself and here): I sometimes joke that my goal is to make my tango "invisible" - pruning everything that is for the audience, and finding what is for my partner and me in the...
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    Looking for social dancing videos

    Exactly - it is hard! but on the other hand i found it to be one of the most rewarding things in terms of reworking my tango as a whole - and i have reworked it a lot over the years. Basically what i am finding is that everything that makes tiny tango work also makes big tango work even better...
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    Looking for social dancing videos

    The more conceptual replies above have made think - thank you all for this. It resonated with what i have experienced while becoming more and more downtownish from a strong nuevo starting point. I think that overall I might agree - there is no specific "small spaces" vocabulary. With enough...
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    Looking for social dancing videos

    There are a lot of videos from milongas in BA - while they usually don't focus on a single couple, they are usually good examples of social dancing - e.g.:
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    Why are so many men lousy navigators?

    this is basically a big +1 for everything Zoopsia said. In group classes tango is often more like a slotted dance than anything else, privates are per definition privates, and where else would anybody learn how to move in the ronda? At the same time it is pretty obvious that running into other...
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    Contracontrabody Movement Cross System?

    Interesting question - i will have to dance about it, but here are my first thoughts: Biases: i tend to dance counterbalanced, no offset, parallel, close embrace. I tend to think of the counterbody movement not as something that is about the shoulder, but about the hip. It is associated with...
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    Miles apart embrace

    None of those really require CE - or even am embrace at all. It probably depends on what type of tango she is studying - there are plenty of people who dance tango who don't actually use the embrace to form that much of a mechanical connection, but instead mostly use it as tool to sense their...
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    (Dance) Partners: for better or worse

    *sigh* I am probably spending too much time at working lunches and dinners - for me "end of season dinner" is exactly the occasion where everybody is more or sometimes less informally checking in with the quarterly progress of all projects. So yes, i might have a slanted perspective, but i...
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    Should you teach "Fusion" dancing to beginners?

    Depends - what are they beginners at? In my experience it is perfectly possible to teach fusion technique to beginners, but people who learn only fusion dance tend end up in a somewhat infertile dead end. I like the term opendoor intruduced "body concept" - basically every dance has a more or...
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    (Dance) Partners: for better or worse

    First: I disagree with the assumption that this is necessarily a "men speak a different language than women" issue. She asked exactly the same question that i would have asked when reviewing any partnership at a milestone. In my experience, both with dance partnerships, or any kind of...
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    (Dance) Partners: for better or worse

    So you had 6 month of being able to review class materials with a dedicated partner who is the best follower in class, and there was no added value? i would be somewhat surprised about this statement, too. Why do you need a partner when having one does not make a difference? You were already...
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    Platform for Efficient Learning for Dance

    I would suggest that you start with doing a real-life example yourself first, and use that for your pitch. Maybe the HSK would be great - if i remember correctly the vocabulary test is given separately, and 3000 characters would be a great way to show off the efficacy of your approach. Something...
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    Platform for Efficient Learning for Dance

    I am not sure how to reply to this question - are the incredibly powerful methods you are offering more powerful than the stupendously powerful methods that i already know? My stupendously powerful methods are also very quick - i need usually less than half the time to get the same results as...
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    Live music - not tango

    I think there are two different definitions of knowing/predictability/improvisation going on at the same time, and that muddles the discussion, and i think the relation between vocabulary and musicality is quite interesting. On the one hand there is rote learning, where we know a specific piece...