What do you expect from the men you dance with? A short summary

So, here´s the summary of my survey.

Of course this summary is not representative according to scientific standards, but essentially everything has been mentioned here, what I heard from ladies during my entire tango life.

So what is important for all ladies

  1. Neat appearance and personal hygiene
  2. Respect for the dance partner (this includes, of course, already point 1)
  3. Empathy
  4. To be connected with the dance partner
  5. To not understand the lady as a “dance sport device”
  6. Musical dancing
  7. No lecturing on the dance floor to “explain to the lady how to do it”
  8. Humour
  9. Give the dance partner the feeling of security so that she can trust the guidance / invitations of the leader
  10. Friendliness
  11. Courtesy / good behavior
  12. No showing of the repertoire of figures, which one masters (more or less), no matter whether the lady is able or willing to perform it. Leidenschaft /Energie
  13. Passion / Energy (But you should fine-tune.) Ladies do not want to be dragged back and forth by a dancer, nor is it fun to dance with a juiceless wuss

Of course, some of these things overlap.

Many interesting things have been addressed by the ladies.

But it is also interesting what was not addressed / desired at all.

Among all the things that ladies expect from their dance parners, one is “missing” completely. And probably that will astonish many dancers.

Not a single lady wished that the gentlemen make more steps, figures,  sequences.

Apparently that’s not important to the vast majority of ladies.

This is interesting because most tango dancers I talk to believe that they need to know and perform as many figures as possible in order to make the dance interesting for the ladies.

I also know that many gentlemen stress themselves just because of that, and do not feel really good and complete as dancers when they know only a few “figures”.

All I can say about that: Forget it!

If you really need proof that figures are comparatively unimportant for the ladies, read, What do you expect from the men you dance with.

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Why is he staring at me

Every now and then the following happens to me.

At a milonga or a tango ball, I try to invite a lady in the traditional way with “Mirada and Cabeceo” meaning with eye contact.

But she looks away or rather, she pulls her shoulders up, and straightens her eyes toward the ground.

If I do not look away immediately, she gets even more tensed up.

Her attitude and facial expression say in big letters “WHY IS HE STARING AT ME…?”

No chance! This lady is busy and certainly does not want to dance with me now ...

No chance! This lady is busy and certainly does not want to dance with me now …

Of course it may be that this lady simply does not want to dance this tanda with me.

However, a lady who knows “Mirada and Cabeceo”, the game of inviting with eye contact, usually does not look cramped towards the floor, but just turns her head slightly, or signals by eye contact that she does not want to dance with me (at least not at the moment), – kind of a friendly, relaxed “no thanks” or “not now”.

By now, I know from experience that many dancers still do not know the reciprocal invitation to dance with “Mirada and Cabeceo”, because in their tango school it has been never told that it exists, let alone be practiced, how it works.

And as I notice again and again, unfortunately many ladies also do not have the self-confidence to seek eye contact, actively, to find their favorite dancer, to flirt a bit and to arrange to dance with him without words.

The problem with this: Hardly anybody asks them to dance, because traditionally in Argentine Tango someone who is not actively looking for a dance partner, shows that he or she does not want to dance

Only through eye contact does the lady give the gentleman the opportunity, or, if you like, the permission to ask her.

So if a lady always lowers her eyes when a man looks at her more intensely, she signals whether she wants it or not, that she does not feel like dancing.

Of course, this does not attract any dancer. The frustration is inevitable.

But maybe this lady does...

…but maybe this lady does…

So ladies, have more confidence!

Show that you do not need to hide. Fear not, but return the glances of the men (At least in the milonga, this is part of the game and is perfectly fine).

Take an active part in the game of “Mirada and Cabeceo”, instead of waiting passively and hoping (in vain) that maybe someday a dancer will come and invite you.

Your chances of getting nice dances will increase enormously.

By the way, there comes to my mind another practical obstacle that may occur. Every now and then I am told by ladies that they have not seen my invitation by eye contact without their glasses.

Well, with the rather subtle lighting in most milongas that can be a problem.

But in this case applies: Leave your glasses on. At least until you find your dance partner, and the dance begins.

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Is there a foolproof way to avoid a "no", inviting someone to dance?

Good old Mirada and good old Cabeceo

 

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It´s Metin’s fault

Those who danced tango in Munich in the mid-90s can certainly remember Metin Yazir’s Tango exercise evenings at the German-Turkish meeting center in Hermann-Lingg-Street. I too was there regularly.

One evening, just taking a break from dancing, cooling myself with a fresh wheat beer and watching the people, a tall, elegant, pretty attractive blonde came into the ballroom and sat down two tables away from me on the other side of the narrow corridor leading to the Dance floor.

I waited for her to drop her things and order something to drink. She noticed that I was looking at her, returned my gaze, perhaps a little mockingly amused, but not unfriendly. She appealed to me. So I went to her and asked her to dance.

So, what do YOU think? what makes a man a good tango dancer?

We danced one tanda, maybe even two…

About a week later, Metin organized an afternoon milonga in the “Möwe” – “Seagull,” a restaurant that has long been gone. There was announced a little show with dancers of “Tango Passion”, who happened to have a guest appearance in Munich, at that time.

Of course, I also went to this milonga and met there again the same tall, blonde tango dancer – Annette.

We started talking, a bit longer than the first time, and the whole thing ended with me drawing and explaining my artistic ideas on beer mats and napkins.

She listened patiently, with signs of polite interest, we danced more than one Tanda together and exchanged our phone numbers.

Later

Later she told me she had not really understood what I had been explaining her, about fragile, translucent sculptures…

Later she told me that she had not really understood what I had been explaining, about fragile, translucent sculptures, sculptures with breaking points, and so on and so fortbut, somehow, I probably had not left the worst impression.

We then met more often at different milongas, attended courses together with Metin and Gustavo Naveira (organised by Metin).

But it still us took half a year to become a couple and another two years to get married.

Of course, Metin’s practicas and milongas are always well-remembered, and if anyone asks us today how we met, we usually say, “It´s Metin’s fault.”

It´s Metin´s fault! It happened during a practica...

It´s Metin´s fault! It happened during a practica…

P.S. If you are curious to now what I did tell Annette about my art, you can see it here without beer mats and napkins on my artist´s website

http://www.atelier-wolfgangsandt.de/en/home.html

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Only five steps

Here is a quote from Cacho Dante, which I like a lot:

Cacho Dante, Milonguero und Tangolehrer

Cacho Dante, Milonguero and Tango teacher

“When they did not quite know how to dance, they took 20 (different) steps.

When they knew a little more, they made 10 steps.

When they really knew what they were doing, they danced five, but these were really high quality. “

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Question to all ladies who dance tango: What do you expect from the men you dance with?

What do you expect from a good dancer?

So, what do YOU think? what makes a man a good tango dancer?

So, what do YOU think? what makes a man a good tango dancer?

Talking with Tango dancers I often have the impression that women value and expect completely different things than their dance partners believe.

Therefore my question to all ladies who dance tango:

What do you expect from a good tango dancer?

What should a tango dancer do, or not do to make you feel comfortable while dancing?

Which tango dancers are the best for you?

I am already curious to see your answers, and I can imagine other men are curious as well…

 

Just write your opinion in the comment box below.

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Last minute offer for tango classes in September and October at Villa La Rogaia

Last minute offer for tango classes in September and October at Villa La Rogaia.

Unfortunately two couples of tango dancers who had enrolled in tango classes at Villa La Rogaia had to cancel their holidays.

Therefore Villa La Rogaia offers a Last Minute price for these classes.

To see the Last Minute offers Click Here

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NEW Villa La Rogaia Tango holidays 2017 in Italy

If you are looking for an excellent combination of tango lessons, relaxing holidays and Italian Dolce Vita, check out the new program for tango holidays 2017 at Villa La Rogaia.

Tango holidays 2017 at Villa La Rogaia. Enjoy Tango and Italian Dolce Vita in an old romantic Villa in the Italian countryside. Click here to discover more!

Tango holidays 2017 at Villa La Rogaia. Enjoy Tango and Italian Dolce Vita in an old romantic Villa in the Italian countryside. Click here to discover more!

Click here: Tango holidays in Italy

My tipp: Even if 2017 and your holidays still might seem far away, don´t wait! Secure your spot now. For many classes there are already bookings and there will be definitely more spots taken until the end of La Rogaia´early booking offer. 

Deadline for early booking prices is November 30, 2016

Don´t risk to miss out on your spot in your favourite tango class. Book now and  secure your early bird price!

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Tango and Parkinson

Tango and Parkinson

Today it is widely known that dancing Argentine Tango has significant health benefits.

Researchers of the McGill University and Montreal Neurological Institute found that not only did dancing Argentine Tango help to overcome physical problems like tremors and such difficulties such as depression, but that Argentine tango also had a number of psychological benefits for those undergoing treatment.

Particularly helpful Tango seems to be in fighting Parkinson´s disease. I was really surprised how much can be found about it in the internet.

Something that touched me very much is the film “Dancing with Parkinson’s” by Marie Vejvodova, about the writer and tango dancer Kate Swindlehurst.

In my eyes this short film is very comforting and encouraging.

Go ahead and take a look. It´s well worth watching it

If you want to know more about Kate Swindlehurst her story and her stories go to KateSwindlehurst.Com

 

And here another video about Argentine Tango and Parkinson you might be interested in.

When I did social service instead of going to the military I also had the opportunity to work with Parkinson patients. Some of the things I had to do was throwing rubber balls towards them they were supposed to catch and throw back. Unfortunately often the ball hit them on the head when they couldn´t react fast enough. To my surprise they liked it in spite of some light collateral damage.

Yet I think the Tango therapy method is way more elegant and agreeable.

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Tango ettiquette. Important advice for the milonga and in some cases for the entire live, imparted in a friendly and humorous way

Tango ettiquette. Important advice for the milonga and in some cases for the entire live, imparted in a friendly and humorous way

Trouvez l´erreur – Findet den Fehler! Mehr davon hier Les Pas Parfaits

Trouvez l´erreur – Find the mistake!
Find more here “Les Pas Parfaits”

(Caricatures by Véronique Paquette)

Under the title „Les Pas Parfaits“, – „The Perfect Steps“ a group of Canadian tango dancers has published a series of caricatures about the  apppropriate behaviour in the milonga .

The texts, as far there are any, are French but you can understand everything very well without words.

So “Trouvez l´erreur!” start your quest to find the mistakes and have fun.

And maybe you´ll find some things that seem familiar…

 


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Chicho and Lucia. The probably best interpretation of the most famous tango

Chicho and Lucia. The probably best interpretation of the most famous tango.

If you want to have a great example of musicality in dancing tango take a look at Chicho Frumboli and Lucia Mazer dancing to La Cumparsita.

In my eyes this is the best interpretation of that famous tango so far.

Enjoy! And maybe take a lesson from their dancing…

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