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

Keith keith at tangohk.com
Wed Feb 13 09:49:59 EST 2008

I'm not being disrespectful, but I really, really have trouble understanding the 
Americans on this List. I assume you'll freely admit that no American can dance 
anywhere near the level of the Argentines.And yet you still insist on teaching 
Tango your way and not the Argentine way. Why is that? Do you really think 
you know better? If you do, it's OK, just say so.

Tom, do you think you know more about Tango than Oscar Casas - he's just 
an example - I can find many more on YouTube. 

Here is a link of Oscar Casas teaching:


What is he teaching - the Tango 8CB. And at almost any class in BsAs, you 
will be taught the same figure in beginner classes.

Tom, do you want to tell Oscar Casas what you wrote below? Do you think he 
cannot dance Tango with grace and musicality? Tom, do you think you're better 
than Oscar Casas? Please answer my question so that I can try to understand 
you. And why do the teach your sidewalk walk when I've never seen that taught 
in BsAs. The Argentines walk with grace, beauty, musicality and precision. Most 
American's don't. If you think they do - Tom, please provide some YouTube links.

I'm sorry if you think I'm being anti-American, as I've been accused before on 
this List. I'm not - but you're trying to change Tango for the worse and I just 
don't like what you're doing. Why can't you just do things the Argentine way?
I guess that's my question.

Keith, HK

 On Wed Feb 13  1:07 , Tom Stermitz  sent:

>On a social dance floor, the 8CB w/DBS is COMPLETELY non functional.  
>When you are social dancing, you have to break the pattern every two  
>steps, so why bother to learn a useless pattern.
>For a beginner, it is harmful:
>  - It creates rote-patterns,
>  - It takes away their prior ability to "just walk around the room"
>  - It doesn't feel like dancing
>  - It is impossible for them to dance it with grace and musicality.

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