Mindset

Stand in front of your partner, at an arm's length. Grab each other's arms. Then, get closer to each other, little by little. Be aware that you and your partner are getting closer. And, notice if, at a certain distance, you suddenly begin to feel...

There is a scene in the movie "Scent of a Woman", where a blind man dances tango. Dancing as if we cannot see our partner can be a good practice. Communication in tango is tactile. Marcas are given and received through the points of touch....

There are reasons why the woman in a dancing couple would not want to do what is marked by her partner, including safety (theirs and others) and preference (e.g. no leg wrap over this man). When she does not like an incoming marca, what can...

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...