Monthly Archives: January 2015

What is the Axis?

This is the Tango Sueño Tip from May 20, 2013. Although many teachers talk about the axis, I don’t think most students clearly understand what it is or how it is relevant to the dance. I will expand on the topic in the future.

Tango Tip of the week: Axis: “A straight line about which a body or a geometric figure rotates or may be supposed to rotate – Merriam-Webster”. Think about your axis! Even if you dance close embrace, you need to be on your own axis. Give your partner his or her freedom while enjoying the dance together!

Class Etiquette

This is the Sueno Tip of the week from May 13, 2013. Over the years I have consistently observed that the many tango students are tempted to try to “correct” their partners’ dancing during a class. Perhaps this is related to the close connection of tango, but I find it unproductive.

Tango Tip of the week: Classes are for improving your own dancing. It is not appropriate to give unsolicited advice to your classmates, regardless of your level and experience (discussions are OK -if initiated by your partner). Guys: Ask yourself what you can do with your body to convey your intentions to your partner, especially if a figure does not work. Ladies, ask yourself what you can do to protect your own balance and to understand your partner’s intention, even if he is not doing the figure cleanly!

Milonga Etiquette

This is the Tango Sueño Tip of the Week from May 5, 2013

Tango Tip of the week: Milongas are for applying what is learned at class and enjoying a social atmosphere while dancing with others. As much as they are essential for improving your dancing, the social aspect is important. Therefore guys: at a milonga don’t keep leading a step continuously if it does not work regardless of who is at fault. It does not matter, the goal is to enjoy the dance. Ladies, if your partner does not dance perfectly please be patient and adapt to what he is doing, that is the art of the female in tango. Both parties: it is not appropriate to discuss steps or try to instruct your partner while dancing at a milonga. It is even worse to stop in the middle of the dance floor for that purpose. Discussions about figures and technique belong to classes and practicas!