[Tango-L] Breaking the "paso basico."

buffmilonguera@aol.com buffmilonguera at aol.com
Tue Feb 12 13:02:42 EST 2008

I had found something like that too in my lead - but I would go to a 
cross when I couldn't think of anything to do......then I went to a 
milonga and just challenged my self to leave crosses completely out of 
my dance that night.  It forced me to be more mindful - I felt a lot 
better throughout the dancing, received alot of good feedback from the 
followers I danced with (actually, one of them was very pushy about 
getting her turn to dance with me :) ), and another lead, a man, 
noticing i was doing something different, watched me all night to 
figure out exactly what I was doing :)

Have you joined the Buffalo Argentine Tango Society Yahoo! group yet? 
It's easy, and the best way to make sure you know what we're doing and 
what's going on with the Argentine tango in and around Buffalo......go 
to www.yahoo.com > select Groups > search for Buffalo Argentine Tango 
Society > follow the directions to join BATS_tango.  Thanks!

-----Original Message-----
From: 'Mash <mashdot at toshine.net>

I am getting frustrated with myself at the moment as I have discovered 
my first
nasty Tango habit.

I have found that when I am nervous my mind blanks itself of any 
variation in
steps and defaults to the "paso basico."
The worst thing about this is that I automatically resolve on eight 
ruining flow of the dance. I really wish I never learnt the damn 
pattern as I am
really struggling to break out of it.

The first thing I am trying to do to break this is to lead an 
"americana" (I
believe that is what it is called when you resolve by leading a 
backwards ocho
on your side step.) But personally I don't like to think in terms of 
as I feel it creates unnecessary pauses in thought and dance.

I just want to know if anyone knows any brain washing techniques to rid 
me of


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