Is tango easy?

Discussion in 'Tango Argentino' started by UKDancer, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    And he's modest, too. :rolleyes: :wink:
  2. Peaches

    Peaches Well-Known Member

    Bugger all that...use a food processor...and vodka in place of half the water. And pre-cook the apples.
  3. UKDancer

    UKDancer Well-Known Member

    That's too nuevo an approach for me. And I'd rather drink the vodka than bake with it.
  4. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member


    *giggle*
  5. bordertangoman

    bordertangoman Well-Known Member

    better still pour damson vodka over at the end and flambe it.
  6. newbie

    newbie Active Member

    In this case you can spend 10000 hours without becoming a master. The first ten hours are useful then the 9990 are walking on a plateau. You tell to yourself "I will be good", you start searching for a place and a follower to hone each tango skill for 10000 hours and you discover that is is not possible, because followers just want to dance, while places are not so easy to find and book. After a while you tell to yourself "Ok I will just be mediocre like everybody else".
  7. UKDancer

    UKDancer Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure that I am ready to devote 10,000 hours to my tango development (there are other dances too, remember), but if I thought that for even the average social dancer with modest aspirations, progress was not really possible after 10 hours, then I wouldn't have bothered at all.

    And I don't think that the insuperable obstacle to development is the general fecklessness of followers, but I do agree that it takes a particular effort to find somewhere to practise and someone to practise with (ie not just to dance).

    But regardless of how long it takes to 'master' this dance, I can't believe the blurb to which I referred earlier that mastery is easy, not even of the basics. I'd go further (although no one else has picked up on this aspect of my original questions), that the basics are so fundamental to the dance, that they are very nearly the whole dance. Anyone who really has mastered them, would find the rest, well, easy.
  8. bordertangoman

    bordertangoman Well-Known Member

    i think that depends on the skills the person dancing brings with them;

    I have had followers dance beautifully after one lesson (sans cruzada) becuase they had ballet training or very good posture and sense of balance/body.

    Leader's with martial arts training also have good balance and body awareness and seem to learn more quickly.

    Others forget what they did in last weeks class and never progress.
    it probably took me two years to become a decent dancer; and learning milonga improved a lot of things...

    mastery...one day it will happen...

    It takes 10 years to learn a musical instrument; then you can begin to play with the music
    that's paraphrasing Jonathon Taylor of Tango Siempre..
  9. JohnEm

    JohnEm Active Member

    For what it's worth, I agree with both your points,
    the second more important than the first.
  10. sixela

    sixela Active Member

    I didn't know people actually considered drinking vodka.
  11. Peaches

    Peaches Well-Known Member

    As opposed to...???
  12. AndaBien

    AndaBien Well-Known Member

    Look around at a milonga and see how many people you think have mastered this dance. Ask any dancer if they think learning it was easy. I think that provides a clear answer.

    I think I addressed your point about basics a while back. To me, the fancy stuff interferes with mastery, and when one has the basics mastered they find no need for fanciness.
  13. UKDancer

    UKDancer Well-Known Member

    Almost none, certainly, but then there are those who have simply missed the point, and are awfully pleased with themselves (and all their moves, usually) but who obviously can't and never will be able to dance.

    I think that's a different point. I don't see any reason why fancy stuff should interfere with basics done well, given the prerequisite mastery, but I can quite understand anyone who really is the master of fundamentals being happy not to bother with the fancy stuff at all.
  14. sixela

    sixela Active Member

    I'll consider cooking with it, but for drinking there are much better options. Even for cocktails there usually is.
  15. quixotedlm

    quixotedlm New Member

    As a general statement, this isn't true. A lot of dancers who've mastered the basics indulge in fanciness just ok.
  16. sixela

    sixela Active Member

    Not all good gardeners end up with a Karesansui garden.
  17. Peaches

    Peaches Well-Known Member

    I dunno...a good vodka gimlet? Om nom nom.
  18. Zoopsia59

    Zoopsia59 Well-Known Member

    I'd say that this is very untrue. I've seen too many people who are not only oblivious to how bad they are, but even think they are quite good! (hey, for all I know, I'm one of them!)

    The only people who seem to know they stink are beginners. And of course they aren't any good.. they are beginners. They shouldn't have to be "good" yet.
  19. Zoopsia59

    Zoopsia59 Well-Known Member

    We are blessed with a wonderful pie shop here that has at least 7 different kinds of Apple pie on their menu. My way of getting the perfect pie is to go buy one!
  20. Zoopsia59

    Zoopsia59 Well-Known Member

    Most of the followers I know would be a lot more amenable to practicing if they hadn't had so much experience of leaders who constantly correct THEM as though the practice is only for her to be "fixed".

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