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In Tango, you cannot cheat!

Posted in Dance on February 8th, 2007

In Tango, you cannot cheat the following…

YOU’RE A GOOD LEADER
You know tons of figures and steps including the most difficult and challenging ones, and you can do them well, but that cannot prove anything in tango. That’s a proof that you can control your body well (like many athletes), but it doesn’t mean that you tango well. Tango is NOT ONLY about your body, it’s also about your partner, the music, other couples on the dance floor, your manner and your attitude. Only when you start to realize all these elements, you have a chance to become a good leader.

YOU’RE A GOOD FOLLOWER
You dress like a professional tango dancer, you put on the most fashionable tango shoes, and you do all the embellishment that you know whenever it’s possible. These help you to attract attention, but they won’t show that you’re a good follower. Good leaders care about different things. They look for graceful and/or characteristic movement, musical interpretation (embellishment is just one of the elements), 100% devotion to the dance (i.e. the follower is not looking around when she dances) and her desire to dance. In tango, your internal quality is much more important than your appearance.

YOUR PARTNER
- Are you into the dance?
- Do you think about something else when you dance?
- Do you like or dislike the music?
- Do you know the music?
- Do you enjoy dancing with your partner?
- Do you feel excited by the dance?
- Are you a calm, sweet, witty, serious, quiet… person?
- Did you eat garlic, onion or curry before the milonga/practica?
- Do you smoke?
- Do you drink wine/alcohol?
- Do you take care of your hygiene?

(And if your partner is a person whom you dance with regularly…)

- Do you feel well today?
- Are you in the mood of dancing today?
- Are you tired?

Your partner can probably answer most if not all the questions listed above. You can try to cheat with your words by telling him/her something against your true feeling, but your partner can feel the truth from YOU in the dance. Be honest to your partner. :)

YOU KNOW TANGO
You dance many years, you teach tango, and/or you organize milonga/practica. These mean you are related to tango, but these don’t mean you know tango. Do you know…

- the orchestras who played the music?
- the history and development of the dance?
- different styles of tango?
- how the milonga is organized in Bs.As.?
- different types of music in Tango?
- how to behave on a social dance floor?
- the lyrics of the song?
… …

In tango, nobody knows everything, and there is always something there to learn and to know. There’s nothing wrong if you don’t know tango, but please don’t pretend you know it if you have never tried to find the answers of the questions above.

CONCLUSION?
You can fool those who don’t know Tango, but you can never cheat those who know it. Nonetheless, you are free to fool yourself or to be fooled. ;)