If you have been dancing Argentine Tango for several years, you may have probably already realized that it does not matter how many classes, practicas or Milongas you attend a week, or how much you want to improve and get better at your dancing; there is one component that you won’t be able to change: TIME. Tango needs time to mature, to develop, to be part of you and regardless of all of the above, unless you can invent some Learn-Tango-Quickly hormone, what you are left with is PATIENCE. With that said, you can always work on certain things that will make you a better dancer as your Argentine Tango “ripens”.
- Patience: Patience is key to learning Argentina Tango. You need to allow time for your mind to understand it and your body to feel it.
- Fundamentals: Master them. Take & re-take fundamental classes. You may think that taking it once is enough. Think again. You will learn things from a different perspective. These are the building blocks, the stronger these are, the easier it will be later on. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “I already took the fundamentals class…” – Wrong attitude!
- Embrace: Embrace like you mean it! This, at least to me, is the essence of Argentine Tango. As from the movie “Fermin”, in each embrace there is a story – that’s what you dance…
- Stick to One Teacher: Teachers have a building block and a process; changing teachers constantly, especially at the beginning, will not create a solid foundation. Pick who you want to study with and stick with them for at least 6 months. Remember WAX ON\WAX OFF from the Karate Kid movie? You may think you are not learning, but your body is…
- Practice: The more you practice the better; but practice the fundamentals and embrace. As you progress, you can start practicing other concepts.
These are just a few tips that I hope will help you become a better dancer, whether you are starting or need to go back to the fundamentals… Believe me, the rewards are awesome!