[Tango-L] No dancing before the music

Tango For Her tangopeer at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 18 15:56:02 EST 2008


I couldn't agree with you more.  Everyone is
different.  So, a general statement that you would
have to listen to the music for a year before dancing
just isn't true across the board.  

If, perhaps, there IS a person out there who really
would be terrible at dancing until, after a year of
listening to the music, they came around, then, I
would still say, even in that case, he/she
should/could go out there and dance his/her heart out
as they are learning the music through listening.  Why
wait? (That's a rhetorical question!)

Just imagine telling someone to listen for a year,
then come back!  That person could have been one of
the most wonderful dancers lost to our fun little
sport ;o) if they never get around to coming back!

We're all different.

Nice website, www.lavidacondeby.com, and nice place! 
Your links must be helpful to a lot of visitors to

--- Deby Novitz <dnovitz at lavidacondeby.com> wrote:

> With all due respect, I agree that one must
> understand the music and to 
> feel it.  It is what makes the difference between
> someone dancing, and 
> someone running through a series of steps and
> patterns.
> What I do not agree with is the attitude that
> someone must listen to the 
> music for a year before learning to dance.  To be
> honest, I hated the 
> music when I started.  I only wanted to learn
> because I saw Forever 
> Tango and I was sick of salsa.  Had I been told I
> needed to listen to 
> the music for a year, I never would have learned
> tango or had the 
> experiences I have had and continue to have.  I
> think there are many 
> people like me.
> Now of course I love the music.  I learned to
> appreciate it and to feel 
> it.  I think this happens for many people.  People
> need to be encouraged 
> to learn new things, not pushed away from them.  Not
> everyone is 
> destined to become a good dancer.  There are people
> who were born 
> listening to tango and cannot dance a step, or do
> not dance well at 
> all.  The most important thing is that you enjoy
> what you do, and if you 
> get good at it, then all for the better.

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