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  1. TomTango

    What do you expect from the men you dance with?

    I think learning a "figure" or a whole sentence is an easy way for them to get all of the positions contained in that figure in their body. I'm always working on my following, and I have pretty ok technique and sensitivity carried over from my leading. The one thing that doesn't carry over is...
  2. TomTango

    How do you answer this question?

    I was asked this the other day, and the truth was I had never seen her looking at me. So that's what I told her.
  3. TomTango

    Books for Tango

    "Tango Stories: Musical Secrets" "Tango Masters: Anibal Troilo" "Tango Masters: Osvaldo Pugliese" All by Michael Lavocah Also "Enjoy Getting the Dances you Want" by Oliver Kent
  4. TomTango

    Watching Yourself Dance to Improve

    @Zoopsia59 Totally agree; body alignment and arm positioning have taken top priority recently. What's weird is that it was so hard to uncover. It's not uncomfortable for my partners, at least not consciously so. None of them (or other random dancers at practicas) have mentioned feeling lifted or...
  5. TomTango

    Contracontrabody Movement Cross System?

    Hey @Tango Distance! Great job using contrabody movement to make your tango feel better. Let me try to address what you want from your post. I've been using "co-body" movement to denote the opposite of "contrabody" movement. Don't think it's the scientific term, but it gets what I mean across...
  6. TomTango

    Watching Yourself Dance to Improve

    The constant drive to improve one's tango never lets up, so that means it's time to evaluate myself again! I've been keeping up the trend of practicing 2 hours a week, socially dancing at practicas 4 hours a week, and working on lessons/teaching 7 hours a week. Also, I get to go to a festival...
  7. TomTango

    What are the 5 top reasons that make a man ask a woman to dance? Beauty comes first?

    From the "Here I am Nobody." article posted previously: It seems to me that sexiness is coincidentally correlated with dance ability. Those with lithe, athletic bodies tend to have better body awareness and balance due to other physical activities. Younger people are more flexible, and so...
  8. TomTango

    Cheapest private lessons in Europe?

    I've never done this, but here's an idea how I might go about it: Google the milongas in the city you're visiting/might want to visit Search youtube or google for performances this year at that milonga. Example "Tango Nou Mitte Performance 2017" (for Berlin). Local teachers often perform at...
  9. TomTango

    What do you think comes first...

    For me "passion" is just another way of describing intense focus on your partner. Working on technique also takes intense focus, and so can't be worked on at the same time. So you need to choose what you'll focus on at any given time. Spend some time focusing on technique, then lay it aside for...
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    Group Lessons vs. Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Learning

    The music cycle has to last 15 minutes, so I've been doing 2 Canaro, 2 Calo, 1 electro tango, then a cortina for people to bring their attention back to the center. The electro tango lets people know to wrap up whatever concept they're working on. Musicality is probably the biggest weakness of...
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    Group Lessons vs. Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Learning

    That's about right. The first tier is designed for people who haven't really danced at all before. It has things like a mirror game to develop body awareness and introduce the concept of leader's intention. It has side-by-side walking. It introduces the concept of learning footwork by ending...
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    Group Lessons vs. Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Learning

    Still going strong! I purchased some silicone wristbands to help people easily group together, and made some posters with the mission listings on it. We've worked out the kinks and things are streamlined. It's still popular, especially among the shyer dancers. There were some people who had...
  13. TomTango

    How do you compliment a follower

    My favorite compliment to receive - heights permitting - is the feel of a quick smile against my cheek.
  14. TomTango

    Group Lessons vs. Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Learning

    We did our first learning lab this past week, and I have to say I'm really liking the format. It's so nice to be able to accommodate all skill levels in a class. It's nice that the class isn't slowed down by late people. It's nice that everyone can learn at the pace they choose instead of a...
  15. TomTango

    Tango Metronome?

    I took a tango song and manually added a backing beat to help people like you. I use it in class now to teach musicality. They dance to a pure 60 bpm metronome, then the song with the metronome on top, then just the song. Let me know if you're interested in it.
  16. TomTango

    Group Lessons vs. Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Learning

    I've been working on this P2P stuff a lot recently and am really digging it. One of my big questions had been how to get experienced dancers to participate. The system I'm trying has the following setup: Beginners learn 100% of the time The leader teachers (aka, me and my partner), teach 100%...
  17. TomTango

    Good article on why leading in not more important than following

    I have a theory about this. I think a big contributing factor is that leads can improve via group lessons longer than follows. Not because teachers teach to the leads and leave the followers behind. Most of the group lessons I've taken give equal attention to the follows. I think it's because...
  18. TomTango

    Live music - not tango

    There's a group from my community who goes out and "tango bombs" live music venues (blues, rock, swing, whatever) after our practicas. It's not really my thing, but they seem to have a blast doing it.
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    Group Lessons vs. Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Learning

    As many of you pointed out, P2P learning is happening all the time in a tango community. Thinking about it though, this learning is often inefficient and unfocused. During a group lesson: some people are far too free with their feedback, some people are very wary about giving feedback and...
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    Group Lessons vs. Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Learning

    I've run classes like this, but more like 1/4 beginner, 1/2 intermediate, and 1/4 advanced (to reflect the skill level distribution of those in class). The advanced portion was presented during the last 15 minutes of class as a "dessert" that was optional. It was suggested to beginners to leave...