Tango tips

Plegaria

Plegaria - The Tango of Death There are several recordings of the tango Plegaria (Prayer) dating back to the 1920’s. However, the one we hear at milongas is the version recorded by Osvaldo Fresedo -> Listen to Plegaria The music is melancholic, especially as expressed...

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Gricel

José Maria Contursi met the beautiful Gricel when she was only 15 years old, but apparently it was love at first sight. Despite the fact that he was married, the two of them engaged in a brief romantic relationship. At some point Contursi realized that he could not leave his family, and the relationship ended. Later Gricel married and moved away from Buenos Aires. For decades Contursi pined over his beloved Gricel, and it is said that those songs listed here were a manifestation of his longing for her (it is even told that he confessed to this fact).

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The First Dance

Imagine this…  You are attending an out of town Milonga and signal a lady that you have never met to dance using the “cabeceo”.  You take her to the dance floor, embrace and take your first step.  Will she be able to tell how good or bad the dance and tanda will be...

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Walking Straight….

Why is it that many tangueros and tangueras have a hard time walking in a straight line?  Many times, it could be the leads’ “fault”, but regardless, both leads and followers should work on improving their own technique.  Let’s analyze some examples: Simple Walk: In...

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Focus on your local Tango community too!

Everyone in a Tango community should be focused on growing the community at large, creating better dancers, better leads, better followers, better understanding of what Tango is, the music, the culture…it’s a packaged deal!  Below are just a few things that are taken...

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The First 3 Minutes of a Tanda!

Hmmm – what should I do on a 3-song tanda?  Throw every step  and embellishment I know on all three songs?  How about NOT! I know that at the beginning (and not so much at the beginning for many) everyone wants to do all the steps and embellishments on their...

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Tango Etiquette!

I know that everyone has heard about Tango Etiquette and the Codes of the Milonga at one point or another;  but hearing about it and applying it are two different things and most often than not, Tangueros and Tangueras forget or decide not to use them…why?  These...

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Adding TANGOFLEX to your Dance Routine

Being able to control your body and create movement using the core will go a long way on your Tango dancing…  Exercises (balance, disassociations, control, coordination) should all be part of your dancing routine. TANGOFLEX is a program that I created to increase...

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Tips for Improving (or starting) your Tango

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...

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Asi Se Baila El Tango

A few months ago, during a trip to Prague, we attended a small performance by a well known violinist and pianist.  The performance was in one of the beautiful rooms in a museum with an attendance of about 10-20 people.  One of the things I...

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