During the dancing years, some
aspects about my relation to tango and it's teachers have become
visible. When I first time entered a milonga and saw how ages were mixed
on the pista I was struck by the thought: T h i s I could keep up for a
long time! Today it seems that I had the rest of my life in mind.
Limited or lifetime in tango?
maybe feel that you will stay just a few years in tango or you have a
clearly limited goal then you could pay some extra attention to the choice
of a teacher and the style. You maybe want quickly become a member of
the local community in that case it is wise to follow the style and
teachers for that group! Ask for advice, talk with people and stick to
your plan - that teacher and those people!
Your goals will define your learning, direct your development until you reach the goal!
Another possibility is just to start in a way and place most comfortable for you. That was the choice I caught! By testing the possibilities I have found out what I like and what inspires me. A vast number of techniques and sequences will be available on that path!
A long stay itself will
create pressure for change. New ways to dance will develop refreshing
the old steps and give a new look to the pista. That learning will
create a new edge for your personal expression in tango.
In other words, the learning will reveal to you your tango and develop it!
In both cases keep in mind that you need somehow check and monitor the technique to be ok for your body and mind.
The relationship to teacher's knowledge - apilado; in axis; colgada
apilado - no own balance, towards the teacher
in axis - solo, own balance
the following years, I knew better what I liked and took more control
over what kind of movements I wanted to include in my skills. I picked
the suitable parts of the teachers' offerings and became aware of the
choices others did, how different variations came alive. The deeper I
came on this path the clearer it was that I will never again be able to
find one teacher who totally responses to all my needs and goals. My
future learning was more like finding the puzzle pieces a teacher could
offer and it was my responsibility to fit them to the rest of my skills.
All the different ideas about tango and the knowledge now built in my
body became a platform to understand and manage my tango and tango life.
I found my own balance in it all, I was in balance on my mental axis;
not running around so much but staying where I belonged.
colgada - hanging out, away from the teacher
spite of all learning this dance has it's secrets and some of them I
have become aware of by coming across the opposite ideas. I call it for
Colgada learning and it occurs when I disagree with the ideas and
offerings a teacher or fellow dancers have. It is not just that the
stuff is not ok but it is not my thing. This gives me the possibility
to recognize the edges of my personal platform, opinions, and ideas. You
test the offering but feel that it is nothing for you and develop
instead a variation which will fit your milonga night. Now you also know
more about where the others are, what they prefer and enjoy!
All these aspects have passed by and will be met again! It keeps me activated and maybe you also!