The key to improving (or starting) your Argentine 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 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”.

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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…
  4. 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…
  5. 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!