Friday, August 7, 2015

Info stop for feet about tape!

During an encuentro in Stockholm I asked the organizers if I could set up a small rescue station for the feet and it was approved! I want every dancer to be aware of the possibility to support the feet/body with tape (or other devices). Here a picture about it!

But this can be done much more smashing like this German lady!

You may follow her, don't you?

 The earlier posting in this subject!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Dreadful Fridays

The Friday nights are the least pleasant hours during a dance weekend! We are not able to fully focus on our partner and we are not able to focus on the music. A large part of our mental capacity is instead allocated on other things! We just arrived and are continuously scanning over the venue to get an idea what is going on and to adapt to the new pista itself takes also some resources. We scan the crowd to find old friends and to see new faces and we wonder how they could be to dance with. We are not fully present in our dance, in the moment.

Dear DJ what kind of music do we need in this situation? Help us to find the steps even this Friday evening when our focus is wildly wandering around the the venue and people!

Dear organizer give us some borders to keep us organized during this first night together, a border we can step over if needed!

                                                                (This picture is not from Austria but from Argentina)    

To create a beautiful ronda is about the dancers' individual skill to behave correctly on a tango event! But only partly! It is  also the crowds skill to adapt to  the other dancers' navigation styles effectively during a milonga.

I think a skillful DJ can help the crowd to find a more organized way of dancing sooner and the organizer can also take some actions to help the crowd to find the way to a nice and memorable dance event!

One mistake is that we today think that the respect for the rules is growing naturally without efforts. I don't think it was so earlier. I remember stories about persons who were walking among dancers and pointing out if someone was behaving badly and they had the power and position to ask for a change in behavior.

In the picture above you can see the yellow marks on the pista. A similar line was used in Austria during the Noches de Invierno encuentro where they had this virtual fence around us keeping us in place. The good thing was that this hence kept us organized but in same time it allowed the frustrated free souls to step over the borders when needed or for a moment of relief.

If there would be a stripe on the floor between the line 1 and 2 it would be easier for many people to keep the ronda lines. It would be easier too to pick up a conversation with a wild soul: Have you noticed the marks on the floor? You did cross the line 5 times during the last tanda. Do you think you could get a lower number during next tanda?

If there would be a sign at the door on the Friday night asking people to notice the mark on the floor - tape the mark there - and a text 'You may test to go over the line here but you maybe let it be in peace on the pista!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The dancing couple

lead/follow - partners - unity   
capacity allocation - effortless dance   
willpower - music   

When I started to dance AT the leader/follower roles were fixed and no one gave us hint about that it could change by the coming years. Anyhow I did not got a hint I understood!

Today, many years later I consider the leader/follower roles to be just a good training aid, a good starting setup. It is helpful to organize the process in this way to create a clear structure for the beginners to understand the responsibilities during the dance. During the first period most of your capacity is needed to learn the individual steps and all the stuff about connection. 
There is hardly resources to continuously negotiate about the actions and who will be the initiator. 

When the skill is developed the dance gets fluent following the tango principles and the dancers are able to maintain the connection with each others as well as with the music during the whole tanda. From somewhere here and onward the dancing couple consists of equal partners and in the end you are not able to tell apart the other persons' impact, you are not able to feel the leading or following.

During this learning continuum the willpower to take a step - the willpower needed to lead and willpower needed to follow a step - the strength of the mental impulse will gradually diminish. After a certain point there is only a feeling that the couple is moving without effort together, without no leading impulses or following impulses to be recognised. At that moment the music is making us to dance, to take a step.

In an earlier posting, *Her dancing body* i think she had passed to the state of effortless dancing where the music is moving her body. In this specific situation I was not capable to join her dance but started to follow.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Her dancing body

no will - no lead   
just dancing   

She is a naturally talented follower and a popular partner among the leaders. I always appreciated my tandas with her on every occasions we met on European pistas!

During this tanda there was something else going on, an odd feeling that I was following her. But the strange thing was that she was n o t leading. It was as if her body has started to dance. Please read it once more: as if her body has started to dance! Dancing without her active guidance!

There were movements according to tango's vocabulary and the movements were beautifully following the music but there was not the air of will which directs those movements and is the sign for a lead. Her body was dancing! And I followed her.

This experience kept me fascinated for months and I still wonder