Some thoughts I like about Tango, about dancing and all the rest…

Tango and tradition: Tradition is not the glorification of the ashes but the passing on of the fire (Gustav Mahler)

Tango, Thoughts about Tango, Tango lessons, Ricardo Barrios and Laura Melo

Tango with Ricardo Barrios and Laura Melo, at a  Tango lesson at La Rogaia. “First the music with its rhythm and melody, second the emotion, third the elegance, the figures at last. That´s how you dance Tango!” Well, Ricky Barrios and Laura Melo master all of this in perfection.

Primero la musica con su compas y melodia, segundo el sentimiento, tercero la elegancia, por ultimo las figuras. Asì se baila!

First the music with its rhythm and melody, second the emotion, third the elegance, the figures at last. That´s how you dance Tango!

A good teacher makes all the difference (Edie the Salsa Freak)

Dance is Esperanto with your whole body (Fred Astaire)

One step at a time (Milonguero wisdom)

A rose is a rose is a rose. A step is a step is a step

Ritmo! Ritmo! Ritmo! (Eduardo Aquirre)

„In Tango you have to dance the silence. And the violins. Even if there are none.“  (Gerardo Portalea)

„Tango comes from the slums, not from the parquet. If you do not see or feel this anymore, then Tango is dead.“ (Carmen Calderón)

Tango and Freedom: “The bigger part of TaNGO is an NGO”  (Wolfgang Sandt)

There are different stiles, but only one Tango


Listen to Nelson Mandela. Don´t be afraid when you dance Tango and in life.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?” Actually who are we not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us. It is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Nelson Mandela’s inaugural speech 1994

The elegance and grace of your movement you find inside your soul (Pibe Sarandi)

“A good dancer is one who listens to the music… We dance the music not the steps. Anyone who aspires to dance never thinks about what he is going to do. What he cares about is that he follows the music. You see, we are painters. We paint the music with our feet.” – (Carlos Gavito)

Thoughts about Tango, about dancing Tango and whatever you think to be connected with Tango (If you want to tell something about it, come on, don´t hesitate, just send an email!)

One Response to Some thoughts I like about Tango, about dancing and all the rest…

  1. Dear Victoria,
    sorry for answering only now but I was fairly busy the last two month, preparing my sculptures for an international art fair.

    And then your question is not so easy to answer.
    You say you are “not interested in paying for lessons & ending up dancing with women” Sounds to me like you are looking for a partner rather than for somebody to dance.
    That´s okay. BUT women who can dance the men´s part are often the better leaders because they know both parts of the dance. Meaning dancing with them you will learn and improve your dancing.

    Actually as you certainly know in Buenos Aires in the early times of Tango and quite for a while there were much more men than women (numbers are different according to different sources but consider about 35 to 70 men for one women) and dancing Tango was one of the few ways for those men to get in touch with a women.

    Men were forced to practice with each other before they could go to a “baile” a milonga. Bad dancers had no chance to dance with the women who quickly became fairly picky choosing their partners.

    Now it´s rather the other way round, though the odds for women are not as bad as they were for men way back in Buenos Aires.

    My advice is go out and dance as much as you can. Go to places where people see Tango as a social dance and not as a competition.

    Try to have fun rather than seeing yourself in competition with other women.

    Attend workshops for ladies technique to improve your dancing once in a while.

    Okay, that was it for today. As soon as I have more brilliant ideas I will let you know.

    Have a great day and dance.

    Kind regards

    When you´re out a t a milonga search actively for a dance partnerinviting them with “mirada y cabeceo”

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