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

Jay Rabe jayrabe at hotmail.com
Wed Feb 13 12:13:00 EST 2008

Tom said basically the same thing when he referred to the fact that culture, the feeling of tango, is integral to doing it well. But it doesn't need to be taught to an Argentine, who grew up with it, so Argentine teachers have a poor grasp on how to teach it to Americans. It Does need to be taught to Americans.


> From: keith at tangohk.com
> To: tango-l at mit.edu
> Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 11:56:06 -0500
> Subject: Re: [Tango-L] Breaking the 'paso basico.'
> OK, Jay is the first person to actually touch on what I'm asking. 
> So, what is the difference between the American and the Argentine cultures that results in 
> these different teaching methods and different problems arising. What I really want to know,
> personally, is why Argentines so much better than everybody else. And, please, don't put 
> words in my mouth again - I'm not saying every Argentine is great at Tango - of course they're
>  not. But a lot of them are. And the best of the best, even in the younger generation are all 
> Argentine. Why is that? Is it because of the way they are taught and the way they learn. I
> think it is. Which brings us right back to WALKING.
> Keith

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