Tango lessons? The first thing we think about when we hear “Tango lesson” is “how to dance Tango”. “How to do the right Tango steps”. But Tango can teach us much more. Discover some of the lessons Tango can teach us on and off the dance floor. And tell us what you think about it.
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
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
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.
Stillness in movement. The paradox of Argentine tango
You have to be Argentine to understand tango music! Right?
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, 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.
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.
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”.