Mindset

Rest your attention on the heart (more precisely, the heart chakra area) of your partner. Your attention may go to other things (music, floor traffic, body mechanics, distractions, and etc), but always leave a part of your mind/attention on the heart of your partner. This way, a...

Milonguero, milonguera, and milongueros are Spanish words for a man, a woman, and people who frequent milongas, when connotations are dropped. Bailarin, bailarina, bailarines are Spanish words for a male dancer, a female dancer, and dancers. A few years ago, I was at the Club Sunderland for...

For a beginner, having a (or multiple) right role model is important. A beginner is often impressionable and the imprinting at this stage can have a long-reaching effect in the future. Decades ago in Buenos Aires, the role models for social dancers were fellow social dancers...

While dancing, if you don't know what to do, make yourself vulnerable to the music. Music moves the emotion which pushes the mind to direct the body to move. When someone does not know what to do on the floor, the link between the music and...

A plateau is a time period when we continue to make right efforts but feel that we are not progressing or even becoming worse. We may feel disappointed, doubt ourselves, or even lose interest. Plateaus happen all the time in tango dancing. Experiencing them every year...

In a previous post, I showed why dancing with a few steps is better, at least for most human beings with a normal memory capacity. A concern is that dancing with such limited vocabulary will be boring. However, the power of combination and timing prevents such...

When we dance, a step we do at a moment comes from our active memory at that time - the memory area that are readily available without "thinking". While dancing, we don't have time for digging our archival memory (for example, to find the best...

At the peak of social dancing in Buenos Aires, different neighborhoods of the city had different favored steps. People in some neighborhoods liked gancho, people in another liked ocho cortado, and people in yet another liked to do giros. Which steps were favored by which...

Imagine yourself dancing tango. Your best dance. Your dance that sends the chill of excitement through your vein. Imagine you are dancing to one of your favorite songs. Imagine your dance from the beginning of the song to the end of it. Follow your dance...