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

robin tara robinctara at gmail.com
Wed Feb 13 12:01:02 EST 2008

Keith,When I started taking classes here in Buenos Aires, back in 1994, the
teachers taught an entrance to the dance that they counted however they felt
it in the moment. It was always a game to see how many counts each maestro
gave it at any time. Some began it to the side, and others to the back or
the front. Americans studying here tried to codify what they were doing and
began to standardize the count.

As people from around the world started to come to tango mecca, they began
to spend more time analyzing what people in the milongas were actually
doing. That's when the teaching of a simpler, more musical form of tango
began to take hold internationally.

Except for many of the ballroom dance teachers that teach Argentine tango
and those who teach patterns of choreography, most teachers of sociual dance
would be better off teaching anything but the 8CB as it just isn't danced
socially, for many reasons.

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