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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La caminada – the Tango walk. Want to see some elegant walking? Look here!

La caminada – the Tango walk. Want to see some elegant walking? Look here!

Take a tango lesson from Sebastián Arce and Mariana Montes

Walk the Tango walk. Take a tango lesson from Sebastián Arce and Mariana Montes!

Among experienced Argentine Tango dancers it is clear that walking elegantly is one of the signs to recognise a good dancer.

Here you see an example of absolute excellence. Sebastiàn Arce and Mariana Montes are dancing to Carlos di Sarli´s “Verde Mar”.

They dance with seemingly simple steps yet you have still to find someone who does it better…

Watch Sebastiàn and Mariana here!

 

 

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Stillness in movement

Stillness in movement. The paradox of Argentine tango

You have to be Argentine to understand tango music! Right?

Wrong!

If you´re looking for an expert for tango music listen to Steve Morrall.

If you have already some experience in dancing Argentine tango you might like to read Steve Morrall´s article “Stillness in movement”.

Steve Morrall at Villa La Rogaia

Steve Morrall at Villa La Rogaia, Photo: Thomas May

Steve is a tango teacher and musician, whith an almost infinite knowledge about musicality in playing and dancing tango. He teaches how to significantly improve your dancing becoming a dancer who really listens to the music and to bring it from your ears right into your legs.

If you want to become a better tango dancer take my advice.

Click here to read Steve´s article! Stillness in movement

 

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Joseba and Bakartxo dancing at Palazzo della Corgna, Tango Video

Joseba and Bakartxo dancing at Palazzo della Corgna, Tango Video

Joseba and Bakartxo have been to Villa La Rogaia many times. They are excellent Tango dancers and teachers.

Here they perform in the beautiful settings of Palazzo della Corgna in Citta della Pieve, Umbria, Italy, where we brought them together with the participants of their Tango workshop at Villa La Rogaia.

Enjoy their relaxed, elegant style of dancing.

Joseba and Bakartxo are not only superb dancers but also excellent tango teachers. They will be back for a Tango workshop at Villa La Rogaia September 5 to September 12, 2015.

If you are an advanced dancer and want to combine tango lessons with relaxed holidays in Italy, act now and secure one of the last spots in Joseba´s and Bakartxo´s workshop.

Check out the late deal offers!

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Watch the Tango orchestras

Watch the Tango orchestras!?

So what? Shouldn´t we rather listen to them?

Yes, of course we should listen, but somtimes it is helpful to watch them perform to get a better understanding of the music.

Look, as tango dancers we are part of the orchestra, “We paint the music with our feet.” – as Carlos Gavito says.

I might add: We paint the music as well with our posture, our expression with our way to communicate with our dance partner and the other dancers.

Therefore we must be aware what happens, when an orchestra performs. We must understand which instruments are playing, which are staying silent. We must learn to recognise the little surprises the orchestra has prepared for us dancers. Surprises that make our dance richer, more interesting. – If we notice and dance them.

So here are two examples of Juan D´Arienzo conducting his orchestra. You can see which instruments are in the focus, which instruments add energy and power to the music. But be also aware of the pauses, the “moments of stillness” as Steve Morrall calls them.

First is “Loca”

 

And here the world´s most famous tango “La Cumparsita”. Enjoy the energy and playfulness of “El rey del compas”, “The king of the rhythm”.

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