Saturday, August 27, 2011

Statistics for the sequences

When we were working regularly for a long time we lost the control over all the steps we had been working on. We lost sometimes parts of the sequences as well as the youtube video address we had been using. Frustrating!

Therefore I wanted to create a tool giving us easily
- an overview for the sequences we had been working on,
- pick up certain group of sequences - e.g boleos or volgadas
- what did we work on a certain occasion
- access to right video
- channel to share all this with my team

I have created this tool in LibreOffice (earlier OpenOffice) and I recommend the participants to have a Gmail account so the sharing will go easily.

The first column shows a name or description for the sequence, so we can recall it.

Next column gives the category so you can use the filter above and search all the rows for e.g. volgadas you have been working on.

Video column gives you the youtube or dropbox address specified for this video. When you load this file to Google documents the link is activated so you can click the video address and it will show up in a new window.


All the steps you did work on During the meeting are marked by number 1. Remember also the possibility to create notes for every cell if more specific information is needed.

The summary column at right gives you then the number of accumulated training occasions. If you want to repeat those having a low number and needing a fresh up, press the filter triangle and choose the level. If you choose to look at the ones you worked on only two times choose two during the filter and only those rows will show up. Believe me, this is handy when you have 50 sequences to take care of! ... or need to check up what the sequences were on a course 6 months ago!

NOTICE: When you have used the filter you will find a small square reminding you to go back to the filter trinagle and choose all again, to get access to all.

Via Google documents with reading rights to others you can share the information with your training partners very easily! You can keep this also as a private document to keep track for your teaching hours / weekends so you know what issues you have done at a certain occasion.

If you will load a start file from my Dropbox you find the addresses here. After loading into Google Documents you Should be able to watch the videos in the video column.

Open Office

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Robust skill is growing

Your level and explanation .....

You can not lead the steps at all  - I am not interested about that figure ...
You can fix it with the teacher - It is your partners mistake if it is not working
You can perform it with peers - Everyone can do this! It's simple!
You can lead the steps with a beginner. - Wow she is a really good follower!

In the beginning of the line you do consume compensation and in the other end you give compensation!

The level two is an unfair and painful one for the followers :(

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Coping with cancer

Breast cancer v2.0

In the early days when studying social anthropology we came across a story about a tribe in South East Asia working systematically with their dreams. Every morning they came together and reviewed the dreams during the night before; discussing and analyzing. Very early in their lives children were trained to meet their nightmares in a constructive way. When a nightmare monster was chasing them they were asked to stop, turn around and stare at the creature and ASK for a GIFT!

This idea of asking for a gift when I meet the monsters of my life became one of the important principles giving me strength and positive outcomes in difficult situations.

The Breast cancer v1.0 occured in September 1999 (surgery, radiation) and I requested for more focus on things I love, on ideas I appreciate and activities making me feel more alive! The change was great during the years! But it is still my responsibility to keep this request active, make new choices so the attitude keeps on growing and stabilized within me.

This time I want more connection to the people around me!
(This sharp eyed and analytical hedgehog needs softer needles!)

But the Breast cancer v2.0 (more surgery, chemotherapy) has already given me gifts ...
My doctor recomended me to cut my hair before I lose it by the treatment. It was a surprice how powerful I felt with my new bald head look. I am visible again; at the shops I can pay when I want - earlier I was chasing the cashiers .......
It has also made my life even more leader like! I do actually some shaving before a milonga ;)

My normal life goes on and I am working 75% ; going not so often to milongas but working with dance at home, meeting my non-tango friends and catching up the things at home since last autum!

Cancer message can come with a lot of power; It lifts you from your everyday track and makes changes possible; It shows what is important in your life and it gives a lot of possibilities to meet, really meet people who have accepted the realities in their life. I am greatful too!