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    Why do people give Nuevo Tango a hard time?

    It is true that within nuevo music there is a wide variation. But nuevo does not have the scratchy old record sound that ukdancer referred to. :)
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    Why do people give Nuevo Tango a hard time?

    This makes sense because nuevo and traditional are very different and many people evidently have a strong preference. Nuevo moves are big and showy and physically strenuous. And traditional allows for a special intimacy and subtilty.
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    Why do people give Nuevo Tango a hard time?

    I like Nuevo just as much as other forms of tango, but it seems that a lot of tango dancers love to complain about it. And nuevo tandas are usually played only once, late in the evening, if at all. I know many dancers really like nuevo. Why does nuevo create such a strong, polarized reaction?
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    Why Men Don’t Understand Sexism In Partner Dancing

    Social dance involves adopting the predefined roles of lead and follow. Usually men lead and women follow. I am a woman and I enjoy following a male lead. Though I occasionally lead and occasionally dance with women leads too. I see nothing offensive in interchanging the terms woman-follow and...
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    Torso angle

    Agreed
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    Torso angle

    Hmm.. Are you saying you can't do anything in close embrace or are you just wanting to break apart occasionally for certain moves? I agree with what dchester said here You can do a lot in close embrace. I also like what Steve Pastor said here: So even though she is pressed against you, you...
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    Torso angle

    That is similar to how I felt for a long time. I could see other couples dancing in the tango embrace where they leaned into each other but I just couldn't make it happen for myself. I started out dancing ballroom where in closed position you are more like flanking your partner. Contacting with...
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    dress too sexy for tango?

    Leggings under the dress would make it more comfortable and modest, but still preserve the style.
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    Torso angle

    No need to go this far! I really struggled with torso angle for my first couple years. Then a teacher told me to stick my chest forward. In close embrace your chest, your rib cage, should be in contact with your partner. Tango Distance, I imagine this is your worst nightmare! Haha. But it...
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    dress too sexy for tango?

    I agree and that is one thing I really like about dancing too. It reminds me how once I was in a store and a woman next to me was looking longingly at a pink tulle gown and she said to me, "Isn't this the most beautiful dress! But where would you wear it?" And I thought, "This lady needs to...
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    Not touchy feely

    Boring? Not at all! Because my partner is a very good dancer who is also a professional musician who hears the music very well, so every dance is fun and unique. Plus since I have danced with him so much I am comfortable and familiar with the way he moves and it is easier for me to follow him...
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    Not touchy feely

    Excluding DW, aren't there some ladies you enjoy dancing with more than others? I enjoy dancing when the lead has a strong frame and I can easily tell what he is leading, when I feel we have a good connection and also the dance is not repetitive and when it fits well with the music. When it is...
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    Relationships, Breakups, Dance floor fallout

    It is so true that almost every man first arrives at social dance being reluctantly dragged here by his girlfriend or wife. Even the men who end up becoming expert dancers started off being dragged in by a woman! Haha :inlove::wacky::p:oops::shy:
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    Not touchy feely

    There are certain leads whom I dance one tanda with almost everytime I see them at a milonga or practica. It is pretty much assumed we will dance one tanda. And of course we dance with other people the rest of the evening. So if I happen to be the second choice for a particular tanda with this...
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    Not touchy feely

    I guess the important thing is to be attentive and considerate of both of your feelings and needs - yours and your partner's. And to do what is necessary so you both have a good time. You want to show her she is special and important but still give her the opportunity to interact with other...