Recent content by Lois Donnay

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    What to do about gender imbalance

    Well...if the men won't dance with each other, there's your problem right there. The best way to know how a comfortable and competent lead feels like, is to follow. The best way to feel what a bad, uncomfortable, pushy lead feels like is to follow. When I emulate what a guy is doing back to...
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    Looking for social dancing videos

    I once saw a video that I absolutely loved. I think it was filmed in Porteno y Bailarin in BA, and it was just a still camera, looking out at the floor, and you even saw the hand occasionally reach for the glass of champagne on the table in front of the camera. The floor was packed, with good...
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    Recommended teaching videos?

    I just talked to a woman from Texas who is trying to learn Argentine tango there. The studio that she is attending is using the teaching videos from a ballroom couple called Librero - Ballroom 101. I watched them a little, and saw the 8cb (which I don't much like) with a huge backstep, and the...
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    How do you compliment a follower

    Argentine men are so good at giving compliments. We foreign women are sitting ducks when given some of these - they are so rare here. Example: "I must go to the emergency room - your beautiful dance is too much for my heart"
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    Recommended teaching videos?

    I just talked to a woman from Texas who is trying to learn Argentine tango there. The studio that she is attending is using the teaching videos from a ballroom couple called Librero - Ballroom 101. I watched them a little, and saw the 8cb (which I don't much like) with a huge backstep, and the...
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    Tango Judío

    There is a movie called Naked Tango starring Vincent D'Onofrio (one of my favorites) It's a film about Tango and the Zvi Migdal.
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    Rotating partners vs dedicated partner

    You will think you are more competent, but probably won't be. Considering that competency in tango is considered by many to be the ability to dance with any partner and make them feel special, and bring out the best dance in them - you will struggle with dancing with anyone who hasn't learned...
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    Isn't Tango appropriate for married men or women ?

    After many years teaching, and watching couples bring tango into their lives, I know this much. There is no room for jealousy in tango. I know lots of couples where only one dances. If the other one isn't jealous, the partnership will survive. Where there is jealousy, the relationship dies...
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    Poll for the ladies; To Cologne, or NOT to Cologne, THAT is the question!

    When I go to BAires, I am often asked to bring cologne, because it is cheaper here. The smell immediately transports me back to BA, which I love. Do not put cologne on your hands to apply to your face, without washing your hands well. I don't wear perfume because it aggravates my allergies, yet...
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    Close Embrace Tango Teachers

    One of my students (an Argentine who learned tango from me here in the US) and Grace Evitt from Chicago filled in. Sounds like you'd be a good choice next time, Zoopsia. I am familiar with Judy and Jon, having met them in BA years ago, I think in 2003. While our community went to close embrace...
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    Close Embrace Tango Teachers

    OK, since this was my post to begin with, I'm not necessarily asking who dances in "close embrace", or who performs in close embrace, but who teaches how to embrace, and in close - an ability sorely missing in most Americans and Europeans. I just returned from BAires, and women there prefer...
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    Close Embrace Tango Teachers

    I'm leaving Monday for my annual 3 week stay. I've been going every year since 1998. Come with me next year!
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    Close Embrace Tango Teachers

    I should include salon as well, since mostly I want to NOT include people who are teaching an arm's length kind of tango. I recently had two men move here from other cities, and both had learned a ton of moves, but never learned the embrace. They had trouble dancing with our followers, who felt...
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    Close Embrace Tango Teachers

    Oh my, that's too bad. Usually teachers will move to teaching more close embrace once they have some more experience and spent more time in Buenos Aires. However, I have to admit, teaching open is a lot easier. You can keep people thinking that they are learning, because they are stacking up...
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    Close Embrace Tango Teachers

    I agree completely with your teaching philosophy! I teach the same way. I ask because I will sometimes get a request for a referral in another town. There seem to be lots of teachers teaching open, stagey moves, and starting with the 8cb which I also don't like. I'd like to have a nice...