October 21, 2018
October 21, 2018

Selecting Music for a Milonga

As a DJ prepares for a milonga, the first step is to select music appropriate for the particular group of dancers.  The main general criteria for tango music selection are Danceability (audible beat and predictable rhythm), Familiarity (balanced with surprise), Variety, and Energy (the ebb and flow of which keeps the dancers in the hall and on the floor).  For the moment I will address...

January 3, 2019
January 3, 2019

Joint Replacement Tips for Dancers

Jay Aland has had one hip and both knees replaced. Although there is much information available from the usual sources concerning these surgeries, there are a few things overlooked, and some more which are mentioned but not emphasized in proportion to their significance. Here are my personal observations (not checked or audited by any qualified medical persons). WHEN to replace the joint? At the conjunction...

January 14, 2019
January 14, 2019

Teaching Improvisational Dance

Non-dancers in America (think they) have a clear view of what dancing is all about, from watching Dancing With The Stars.  Americans also don’t know what tango is; we have a view of tango from DWTS and millions of YouTube videos (of tango performances), which provide our only guide to how to tango, and what to try to learn.  When we teach tango, we need...

January 16, 2019
January 16, 2019

Left Brain / Right Brain

When we are really, successfully dancing, we are operating entirely in our right brain.  Our left brain controls most of our lives, and so one of the advantages of dancing is that it gives us access to our right brain. Our brain is actually 2 separate hemispheres, connected by the “corpus callosum”.  The two hemispheres operate independently, and are quite different in what they do,...

February 1, 2019
February 1, 2019

Origin of Tango Rhythm

Tango*, Waltz*, and Polka* could be termed the “Foundational Dances” from which most other dances have evolved. Tango (of today) is a dance of rhythms, where partners dance in a close embrace and share the experience of the rhythms they hear in the music.  The incredible joy of tango comes from the sharing of the experience (by the 2 partners) of the rhythms, shared through...

February 11, 2019
February 11, 2019

The Four Principles of Tango

Susana Miller, world renowned master Milonguera of Argentine tango, presented a workshop in the “Four Principles of Tango”. She asserted that if you followed these four principles, that you would not need to know any steps. (Susana Miller has taught the tango to more people in the world than anyone else.) This recap is written as a review and reminder for those who were present....