My understanding of the Tango dance

My understanding of the dance………..

Tango is an instant connection to a gamut of human emotions, from sadness to joy, toughness to tenderness, from sensuality to creativity; it is a unique experience to share all these feelings through dance with another person…..

The dancing couple translates the music into movement, interpreting each role specifically with their masculine and feminine energy, becoming one in the embrace for 3 minutes.

The power of the embrace with its shared axis by the couple is the most effective energy in this dance form, which makes tango outstanding and different from all other social dances.

To understand the language of tango, there are some basic techniques, and a number of basic elements and tools  that help us to understand the language of the tango dance.

Applying the basic techniques help you to feel confident when you dance as a couple, in an embrace.

Sharing the axis, you must know where and how your position is.

Lead:

The role of the man or the leader is to conduct the dance. Historically seen, the leader is viewed as having the more masculine energy. This doesn’t mean the women cannot lead.

In this dance the two roles are historically well-established. He, who initiates the movement, needs to observe and decide where to move, needs to communicate before initiating the movement. This means the lead has to be clear enough to be perceived by the follower after which the leader must wait for the follower to produce the movement

Follower:

The role of the woman or follower is normally given to the woman because of her feminine sensibility. The very nature of feminine movements makes the woman the follower in this dance. The role as the woman is as important as the  man’s with the difference being that the woman needs to be connected with the partner in an unique way in order to give a clear answer to his command. The follower needs to be sensitive enough to read different bodies and to interpret different leads. The woman needs to know how to share axis without loosing her balance. She learns a movement technically by muscle memory, but than she must forget this movement as a choreography again, so she can sync with what she is receiving from the leader.

Remember that both roles are equally active and important in this dance.

by STEFANI K.

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