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

Nina Pesochinsky nina at earthnet.net
Wed Feb 13 09:58:55 EST 2008

Who is Oscar Casas?

At 07:49 AM 2/13/2008, Keith wrote:
>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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