Recent content by M. Bingley

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    Tango in Mobile, Alabama?

    Does anyone know the tango scene in Mobile, Alabama? I googled a bit for a tango school or teacher, and I suspect what I'm finding are ballroom dancers who haven't received much training in tango argentino. I don't want to jump to conclusion, so I'm hoping I can find some help here! Thanks!
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    Shoe etiquette for men

    I'd change shoes. Walking on the street can damage your dancing shoes quickly. It can wear away or destroy that nice, smooth surface of the sole you need.
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    Creative tango DJing?

    Once upon a time I thought DJs were just generous people who liked sharing their enormous music collections. Then one day I discovered that there is a whole craft to what they do -- sometimes they basically create new music by manipulating and combining existing recordings. That got me thinking...
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    Song Title Identification Thread

    This song has been haunting me for days. Can anyone help me? It goes like ... Daaa dum dum da da dummmmm daaaaaaaadum dum daaaaa dum pop daaaa dum daaaa dum
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    Great experience with Madame Pivot shoes!

    This is a happy report! My friends in Europe seem to really like Madame Pivot shoes (their line for men is sometimes called Monsieur Pivot). I had a chance to check them out while I was in Paris, and I liked their style and construction quality. For men it can be hard to find something beyond...
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    Tango in Portland, OR?

    Hey, maybe I need tips for starting out/picking a teacher/networking! First, if there are plenty of places and teachers in Portland, some method of selection would be useful. Second, this networking thing is totally new to me. Why do it? I attended a tango school for a while before I moved to...
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    Tango in Portland, OR?

    Can anyone recommend a tango school in Portland, OR? Southeast would be great, but I'm open to other locations. Thanks!
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    Do I have a bad teacher? Should I quit?

    I agree with you, Lilly.
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    Do I have a bad teacher? Should I quit?

    I'm talking more generally about the importance of having a teacher who behaves in a humane manner, and I'm using extreme examples to illustrate the impact that a very abusive teacher can have. Less abusive teachers can still have an effect, but it tends to be psychological. As for grown...
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    Do I have a bad teacher? Should I quit?

    Ballroom, like most of us. No, he wasn't an instructor in ballroom dancing, but just an enthusiast. At this point, I really don't think this is a case of "normative behavior acquired from previous training." But it's interesting to hear your story.
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    Do I have a bad teacher? Should I quit?

    I'm done with this topic in terms of decision-making, but when I see this sort of naïveté I feel I need to point out something really obvious: taking abuse doesn't mean you'll get good. I suspect people respond to this way because they miss the clues I pick up, and they do so because they have...
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    Do I have a bad teacher? Should I quit?

    I got interested in tango from my previous ballroom experience, and that made me want to try out the Argentinian original. I'll give credit where it's due: my former instructor is precise and on the spot when he actually teaches, and I like that sort of stuff. This wasn't my first experience...
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    Do I have a bad teacher? Should I quit?

    Thanks for all your input. Gssh makes some good points. I've already made up my mind. After studying various things for decades, I do feel students tend to absorb some of their teacher's personality and behavior. Around twenty years ago, I knew indirectly this school (not tango), whose...
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    Do I have a bad teacher? Should I quit?

    Perhaps it is not particularly difficult, but then that goes for anything worth learning, not just tango. But do you do it because you have a bad job, and you feel bad because your student has a much better job? And are you proud of it? Now, I wasn't there to witness the incident that day, so...
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    Do I have a bad teacher? Should I quit?

    Reasoning with him? Another thing with this guy is that he doesn't want to talk to students. Other than superficial pleasantries, he generally cuts people off or ignores them when they try to talk to him. He doesn't respond to emails except with pleasantries. At some level he knows the effect...