[Tango-L] The Challange in Teaching Newbies [Was Breaking the 'paso basico']

Alexis Cousein al at sgi.com
Wed Feb 13 18:40:53 EST 2008

Stephen.P.Brown at dal.frb.org wrote:
> Even when the 8CB is mastered, its execution creates all kinds of 
> navigational problems because the beginner who has mastered it wants to go 
> through the entire sequence whether there is room or not. 

That's not the poor sequence's fault (after all, it's an inanimate abstract
object) - it's the teacher's ;). If you haven't taught flexibility in
tempi, step length or alerted anyone to rotational degrees of freedom,
I don't think the absence of the D8CB and its replacement with something
else is going to change anything at milongas.

I can still vividly remember a milonga full of beginners from rabid
D8CB-hating classes that would not do a backstep (fine) but would
still march on to ram their followers into anyone in their way on
their unstoppable forward march; you don't have eyes in the back,
but if you aren't using the ones in your front either, it doesn't make
that much of a difference.

Alexis Cousein                                  al at sgi.com
Senior Systems Engineer/Solutions Architect     SGI/Silicon Graphics
<If I have seen further, it is by standing on reference manuals>

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