Animated Tango Video with Music by Di Sarli

Today I got from a friend a link to this unusual Tango video and I absolutely have to share it.

It´s a special interpretation of Carlos di Sarli´s Tango “Vamos”. The singer is Alberto Podesta.

Vamos!

Vamos!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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Thoughts by tango teacher and musician Steve Morrall about dancing tangos from Osvaldo Pugliese

Thoughts by tango teacher and musician Steve Morrall about dancing tangos from Osvaldo Pugliese

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Steve and Debbie Morrall two excellent tango dancers and teachers who will reveal to you the secrets of beautifully dancing with the music

Some days ago my friend Steve Morrall who is one of the tango teachers I appreciate most, posted his notes about one of their musicality workshops at Bramshaw, England on Facebook.

I think these notes are a must-read for everybody who wants to understand dancing Argentine Tango and specially dancing tangos by Pugliese.

Read Steve´s notes here! Dancing Argentine tango to the orchestra of Osvaldo Pugliese

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Tango Elegante! Filippo Avignonesi and Candela Ramos dance to “Esta Noche de Luna”, Tango video

Tango Elegante! Filippo Avignonesi and Candela Ramos dance to “Esta Noche de Luna”, Tango video

As you see they are very elegant dancers with great feeling for musicality.

Apart of that they are excellent Tango teachers. Something unfortunately you can not take for granted, for all Tango dancers who dance on the same high level

Filippo Avignonesi and Candela Ramos will teach a Tango workshop for intermediate level at La Rogaia,  Easter 2015 . Everything you need to know about this Tango workshop and about Tango holidays at Villa La Rogaia you find here: Tango Holidays with Filippo Avignonesi and Candela Ramos

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The African Roots of Argentine Tango

The African Roots of Argentine Tango

Here I found a video about the African roots of Argentine Tango.

 Which are the origins of “Argentine” Tango?

So Tango historians have different opinions about the question which where the dances and cultures that originated Argentine Tango, it is csafe to say, that Tango had strong African influences. Many of these however where lost in the course of time, or have been adapted to the music and listening habits of European, mainly white, immigrants and the Argentine upper-class influenced by the latter.

 

In the video the african influences are described briefly.

By the way, the african influences are still more obvious in the milonga and its rhythm patterns and in the rhythmical Tangos.

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Tango Holidays Easter 2015

Tango Holidays Easter 2015

If you are looking for Tango holidays Easter 2015 you´re in the right place. Villa La Rogaia offers two weeks of Argentine Tango lessons and Italian Dolce Vita.

Tango lessons with Filippo and Candela, Easter 2015. The pure joy of dancing Argentine Tango...

Tango lessons with Filippo and Candela, Easter 2015. The pure joy of dancing Argentine Tango…

Tango lessons intermediate level with Filippo und Candela

Easter 2015, More information about Tango holidays with Filippo Avignonesi and Candela Ramos

Andrés and Mira teach regularly tango lessons at La Rogaia

Andrés and Mira teach regularly tango lessons at Villa La Rogaia

, Easter 2015, More information about Tango holidays with Andrés and Mira

Important! Reserve your spot now and lock in the Early Bird price. After November 30 prices will go up

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Tangovideo: Joseba Pagola and Bakartxo Arabaolaza dance the vals “Idilio Trunco” by Alberto Castillo

Joseba Pagola and Bakartxo Arabaolaza are among my favourite dancers and Tango teachers. Here they dance the vals “Idilio Trunco” by Alberto Castillo.

 

And here a “Bonus” video “Sueno Azul” by Osvaldo Fresedo

What I like most about them is their easygoing relaxed way of dancing and their fine humour which makes their Tango workshops an absolutely agreeable experience.

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New survey reveals: Good Dancers make GOOD Lovers.

New survey reveals: Good Dancers make GOOD Lovers.

Argentine Tango, New survey reveals: "Good Dancers make GOOD Lovers"

New survey reveals: “Good Dancers make GOOD Lovers”

Men who know how to move on the dance floor know all the right moves in the bedroom, according to a new report.

A survey of 2,000 women, commissioned by Phones 4U, has revealed the way a man dances is a dead giveaway to his performance between the sheets.

 

Yet this is not true for all dancers. There are differences, according to the dances and the type of the dancer. Read more about it here

One thing I am pretty sure about: Woman are attracted to men who are good at dancing Argentine Tango.

Why? Find out the success secret of Argentine Tango dancers here:

Do Tango dancers attract women

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Daniela Pucci and Luis Bianchi, incredibly funny and incredibly good

You don´t know Daniela Pucci de Farias and Luis Bianchi?

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Daniela Pucci and Luis Bianchi, – Tango dancers and top Tango teachers. Incredibly funny and incredibly good. And by the way, they are incredibly nice as well.

Daniela Pucci and Luis Bianchi, are world class tango dancers and top tango teachers. Incredibly funny and incredibly good.

Here you can see four of their tango videos  – two Milongas, one Tango by Carlos di Sarli and a piece from Chopin.

Don´t miss out on this! It´s really worth seeing.

Dani and Luis are tecnically absolutely brillant and have a mind blowing feeling for the music. Yet what I like most watching them (live or in a video), are their incredible presence and their amazing comedic talent.

No matter whether they perform a “normal” or a “drunk” Milonga, whether they dance a classical Tango from Carlos di Sarli or do a Tango Nuevo interpretation of a romantic piano piece by Chopin – it is always a huge fun and a pleasure to watch Dani and Luis dancing.

So don´t wait. Take a look at the videos and write what you think about them.

 

Here once again the link to the videos.

P.S. You´ll get to a page with more information about Daniela Pucci and Luis Bianchi. To see the videos scrawl down a little. They are on the lower part of the page

 

 

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A little Tango lesson: Help me Ronda! Dancing in harmony with all the other dancers on the dance floor

A little Tango lesson: Help me Ronda!

Dancing in harmony with all the other dancers on the dance floor

Tangokurs Tangotanzen in der Ronda, der harmonischen Runde aller Tänzer
Dancing Tango in the “Ronda”, the harmonious round of all the dancers. Nobody tailgates, nobody blocks. Everybody dances with the music, relaxed and in one flow with the others. The vibration carrying the dancers in these moments gives them a fantastic feeling.

I am sure most of you know this situation.

Chaos rules. Dancers are running wildly hither and thither (you can´t really call it dancing anymore). Many of them “shortcutting” permanently through the center of the dance floor, and run for miles against the line of the dance, others are overtaking wildly left and right, like they were running  a race.

Others instead are outing themselves as radical supporters of traffic calmed aereas on the dance floor and block for hours  the dance flow of all the others performing a myriad of figures dancing strictly on the spot.

Secretly I call those dancers “dance floor bollards” .

“Dear bollards, here a short annotation. If you like to dance on one spot, there are many beautiful dances where you can do this, Salsa, Merengue, Rock´ n Roll, Boogie, Chacha, Rumba and goodness knows what else, werden are danced on the spot.”

Tango NOT!

Tango means movement in the space. Quick or slow, depending on the music and the number of dancers on the dance floor, but in any case movement….

 

Yes and there are also the inhabitants of Gancho City. the  wild Voleo smashers, the  tail gaters, always being hard on your heels, no matter whatever you try to shake them off…

Everybody is stressed (Well almost everybody, some never get it if something´s not so great), the general atmosphere is aggressive.

Somehow everybody fights against everybody. Dancing has stopped to be fun.

 

This can be pretty frustrating.

 

So, what can we do about it?

 

The answer is easy.

We dance in the “Ronda”, the harmonious round of all the dancers, the way it is done in good traditional milongas  (And believe me, though I am not a fanatic traditionalist, some traditions do have their advantages.)

 

So what is happening in the “Ronda”?

  • All Dancers dance with respect for all the others, and adapt their dancing to the situation on the dance floor.
  • Nobody blocks the dance floor unnecessarily long by performing tons of figures glued to the spot.
  • Because nobody blocks it is not necessary to overtake, and so nobody does it, neither left nor right.
  • Everybody moves up when there is a free space in the line of the dance (But without pushing the couple dancing in front of you ).  Actually we are speaking about the flow of the dance. That means you really can imagine this like water flowing continuously  but relaxed without hurry  (No Tsunami!).
  • If there is only limited space on the dance floor, noboby performs  big figures or abrupt, unpredictable  sallies (no matter in which direction)
  • No matter where you are heading to, watch if there is free space in that direction BEFORE you go there. Once again, you dance with the music with your  dance partner and with ALL THE OTHER COUPLES on the dance floor.
  • Nobody “dances” crossing the center to the other side of the dance floor. Everybody follows the line of the dance counterclockwise along the outside of the dance floor. So everybody has enough space to dance comfortably.
  • If the dance floor is so crowded that there´s no more sufficient space on the outside, you dance in concentric circles. Meaning, there is an outer lane (If you can manage to stay there do it, because it is the best place for dancing), and one or several inner lanes. Whoever landed on one lane stays there until the end of the “tanda”. Permanently changing the disturbes the flow of the dance and is absolutely undesirable.
  • Nobody dances several steps back against the line of the dance (One or two steps once in a while are okay  if there is no free space in front of you and if you make sure that the space behind of you is free BEFORE you step. However, you know by now, that in a traditional, i.e. flowing “Ronda” the other dancers will move up quickly. So be cautious!)
  • If there is few space keep your dance simple. Don´t perform complicated figures you don´t master yet  (Avoid figures that require a lot of space.)

 

If all dancers take this to their hearts and dance nicely in the “Ronda” , they create a fantastic vibration on the dance floor, that everyone can feel and that carrys all the dancers. There´s no aggression, nobody is stressed. Everyone dances with everyone. Everyone feels good and at ease.

Whoever experienced this flow, this vibration once doesn´t want to miss it. It improves the own dancing more than hours of learning figures.

 

That´s it. Now go and dance Tango – in the “Ronda!”

 

P.S. Tell it to the other dancers…:-)

P.P.S. And No! This “Ronda” has nothing to do with the Beach Boys.

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What are figures good for?

What are figures good for?

I think first we need to define, what is a “figure” in Tango?

For me this is pretty obvious. A figure is a part of a choreography. For example a sequence of steps a dancer has memorized and can repeat on the dance floor.

That´s okay. I love dance performances with beautiful / interesting / smart / extraordinary choreographies.

 

 

 

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Choreographies are an indispensable help for professional dancers who have to perform on a stage

Choreographies with their prefabricated figures are an indispensable help for professional dancers who need to perform on stage every evening maintaining  a consistently high standard

 

A choreography gives dancers a framework to cling to.

Thus even if a professional dancer or a couple of dancers don´t have a good day,  they can guarantee the audience of their tango show a performance on a high  level.

 

 On a busy dance floor however dancers who follow a choreography always have a crucial disadvantage (Unless all dancers would follow the same choreography).

There is always somebody standing in their way!

 

Important Tango lesson. Argentine Tango is a social dance. In Argentine Tango you always dance in harmony with all the other couples. Photo: Wolfgang Sandt

Important Tango lesson. Argentine Tango is a social dance. Always dance in harmony with all the other couples. You have to adapt to the flow of the dance permanently. Performing only prefabricated figures you don´t get very far.  Photo: Wolfgang Sandt

You don´t dance Tango alone. Dancing in the „ronda“ the round of all the dancers on the dance floor you have to adapt to the others and cannot successfully use only choreographies and figures you have learned by heart.

Specially in Argentine Tango where the dance in the “Ronda”, the round of all the dancers steadily moves on, you don´t get far with a choreography, i. e. prefabricated figures.

This starts already with the first backward step of the so called “Passo Basico” the basic step, invented by Antonio Todaro, a legendary dancer and you might guess it – a choreographer)

Who has been to one of our Tango classes knows, that we usually don´t teach a basic step and figures. We put value on musicality, harmony with the partner, perception of your body, floorcraft and harmony with the other dancers.

In short, everything you need in real life on the dance floor.

So how can learning figures help a normal dancer, who is not performing in a Tango show?

Well, it can be fun to try something new, to discover new movements and to integrate them into your dance.

It is important though that you make them fit with the music and the situation on the dance floor and that they don´t disturb the harmony and flow of the dance.

Figures give you also the possibility to control your movements. To make them really work a lot of things must be right in place. Your posture, the contact with your partner, your position on the dance floor, they way you hold your arms…

But, – for all this you need a solid foundation and/or a Tango teacher who can explain exactly why a figure works, not simply which steps you need to memorize.

If you have this in mind, learning figures can be fun and helpful.

So if a figure doesn´t work, find out what is not working with your basics, and you have good chances to improve both.

Don´t forget one thing however: In Argentine Tango the figures come at last

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