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  1. Chrisa Assis

    What we get told and what we get teached

    As many people said above, it has to do with the type of class--group or private. On the level of the class. On the balance between what people want and what they need and of course on the abilities and experience of the teacher. I know from experience, there are beautiful teachers who can only...
  2. Chrisa Assis

    Degree of closeness and figure frequency

    I have had the same experience as a leader and as a follower! And I would only add that I have noticed it also affects how I perform even the most basic of sequences. I feel that even my walk changes a bit, by how much energy I can generate based on how close I am to my partner. And when we both...
  3. Chrisa Assis

    How could different sports contribute to tango learning?

    As Ido Portal says "It is all movement". True cross training allows you to identify common patterns, that your body builds on to move efficiently, to find comfort, to create control, power, strength, smoothness, calmness and avoid tension, blocking, pain and fear. Sports, dance, martial arts...
  4. Chrisa Assis

    Looking for social dancing videos

    I love this! haha Really I mean it, because it is exactly how I feel, there is work on the tiniest things that just explodes into everything! Regarding the walk you can find what you are describing in this video, it shares a lot of details on how our body was built to move efficiently... I hope...
  5. Chrisa Assis

    Looking for social dancing videos

    This is such an important subject as so many dancers are struggling with this... In the past, I was on one side of the river: "I would either be a great supporter of don't worry, Tango is not about steps but about the embrace and the connection. Plus all the sequences you already know can be...
  6. Chrisa Assis

    How do you answer this question?

    ooooh! You are indeed in a tougher situation... Organizer in a small community.. That is tough, because you have to keep some balance... But again, I think that you shouldn't be obligated to dance if you don't want to, plus sometimes and for some people, a rejection makes them think of the...
  7. Chrisa Assis

    How do you answer this question?

    Hmmm! This is interesting..! I haven't been in such a situation, but also I can't imagine getting up, walking over to someone and saying: "How come you haven't asked me to dance" without joking! hahaha WoW! It is like walking over to someone in a bar and saying: "How come you haven't bought me a...
  8. Chrisa Assis

    What do you expect from the men you dance with?

    hahaha Yes yes of course, you are absolutely right. It does depend on context, how well you know your partners and your partner's background... haha... I wanted though to give a few examples of some good--quality wise-- feedback versus bad quality feedback. Feedback that you can work with, that...
  9. Chrisa Assis

    Are your partners enjoying the dances you share? How can you tell?

    Hi Eric, Though I truly hope they are not that many... but if you think back to those dances after which your partners stopped dancing with you, can you find any common mistakes you made which have now correct or which you need to correct to avoid future Tango trouble? ;)
  10. Chrisa Assis

    What do you expect from the men you dance with?

    Funny yet scary being in 2018 and the #1 criterion being: Neat appearance and personal hygiene.. Hmmmm! Other than that as a follower I think I would put at the top of the list #2 or #9... As a leader, I would pay attention to the feedback and reactions of my follower. It was only last week...
  11. Chrisa Assis

    Why are so many men lousy navigators?

    I was reading through and different have shared some great pointers, I wouldn't want to repeat them, I would only like to add. We need to remember the level of a dancer is not solely determined by the years he/she has been dancing or by the vocabulary he/ she knows. But also by being responsible...
  12. Chrisa Assis

    Contracontrabody Movement Cross System?

    It will feel funny in the beginning, but as you said it has to be very subtle, similar to how you walk down the street... It will feel like it is too much now because you are bringing your conscious mind to something that is automatic--that is how the human body was built to move. What I would...
  13. Chrisa Assis

    Contracontrabody Movement Cross System?

    Hey there! You are looking at what is called locomotion, in body mechanics. As you have already felt, it the way part of how the human body moves, a evolutionary pattern that when you tap into it, you movement becomes much smoother, because it is more energy efficient. What happens at the...
  14. Chrisa Assis

    What are the 5 top reasons that make a man ask a woman to dance? Beauty comes first?

    I wasn't sure how to contribute to this thread, so I chatted with my students about it, posing the general question: "Of what are you struggling with in milongas?" The truth was that all followers of any age had among other things said that they feel ignored and are not asked enough with only...
  15. Chrisa Assis

    Group Lessons vs. Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Learning

    I think there is a lot changing now in terms of how people learn, compared to when I was learning to dance--ballet not tango--years back...haha The shift in my oponion came from our exposure to a lot more activities plus the internet and social behaviour patterns. So for us in the past, when...
  16. Chrisa Assis

    Went to my first milonga...

    I think for most the first milonga is a scary experience...I still remember the first milonga I went to... I walked in and I sat right at the back, at a table where nobody could see me or so I thought...haha Of course people came to ask me to dance and in the beginning I had no idea what on...
  17. Chrisa Assis

    What are the 5 top reasons that make a man ask a woman to dance? Beauty comes first?

    Well, learning Tango as a dance, in my opion happens in classes--groups or privates--in practicas and in personal practices with and/or without a partner. The milonga is the place to learn about Tango as a social event. And though you might be able to find a more detailed response in other...
  18. Chrisa Assis

    Are your partners enjoying the dances you share? How can you tell?

    I am glad you enjoyed! I am working on an updated version of it, would you like to tell me what you found interesting, any ideas or thoughts or experiences..? It would be super helpful, for the newer version of this article..! :)
  19. Chrisa Assis

    TEDx talks on Tango...What do you guys think?

    Hi you all! I was looking through youtube like a good Tango junky...haha...and I found these TED talks on Tango. Thought to share them with you see what you guys think... I haven't watched them all but the ones I did watch, had some interesting points to share along with some cliches..so here...
  20. Chrisa Assis

    Are your partners enjoying the dances you share? How can you tell?

    haha This brings a smile to my face...as I realize I do that too!