[Tango-L] bad, wrong, Nuevo
stermitz at tango.org
Fri Feb 29 20:37:24 EST 2008
The truth is, you learn tango by getting inspired and dancing hours
and hours. I see students from time-to-time who get that inspiration.
Only in a community with multiple nights available are you able to
compress two years of learning into six months.
In the US, New York is such a place. San Francisco another. Portland
and Denver not as much, but even in these smaller cities, the
opportunity can be created when you get that inspiration. Dance four
nights per week; Rent a floor; find a partner; take multiple privates.
Incidentally, the first person who expressed that insight to me was
Daniel Trenner. I think he said it slightly more strongly, like:
"Only, when a community gets multiple nights of tango will the level
of dancing take that leap forward."
And, it a little too obvious to be an insight. 10 hours a week for one
years is like 1 hour per week for ???? years. Some things just take
time on the dance floor. Some things take time-time, while tango
settles into your bones.
On Feb 29, 2008, at 3:03 PM, Crrtango at aol.com wrote:
> Tangopeer wrote:
> <<<Have you ever noticed when someone from NYC comes into
> your community? They could be dancing for 6 months
> and feel like they have been dancing for 2 years.
> Why? Osmosis. They are dancing with better dancers.
> Are the teachers in NYC better? Many are pretty damn
> great. But, osmosis gets the credit.>>>
> Yes, it is part osmosis but an even simpler answer can be found on the
> calendar page, newyorktango.com...we have twenty-six milongas and/or
> practicas this
> week alone. Most of us here can dance every night if we want to, and
> many of
> us do. The best way to improve your dancing is to dance as
> frequently as
> possible, which is even more important than taking lots of
> workshops. Practice
> what you know and refine it...and come here every once in a while to
> see if you
> are doing it right ;-).
> Like everything else in New York, we aren't the only place with the
> dancers, we just happen to have more of them.
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