Tango Vals

JohnEm

Well-Known Member
#81
Oh...beautiful!!! Love his musicality--the smoothness, the changes in tempo, everything! *bookmarking that video as one of my favorites!*
For once(!!!!!) I agree with you.

One of the surprising disappointments in BsAs milongas so far, is the wish
of the porteñas to step only on the one in Vals with no change in tempo
at all. The more known milongueros varied their tempo so I have no
explanation other than it must be what some dancers are used to.

Similarly in tango, no quick steps even if the music moves me to
dance some. This is less of an issue to me than a strict tempo Vals.
 

Peaches

Well-Known Member
#82
After watching it a few more times... There is something mesmerising and stunningly beautiful about his footwork. I keep trying to figure out what it is. Perhaps the way he seems to be playing with the timing with his feet (rubato, which I'm always a sucker for)--there are times when it looks like he delays a step until it's almost too late, but also looks like his foot arrives either just on time or even slightly ahead. And the slight rise and fall. I can't put my finger on it, and it's driving me crazy (in a good way). It also look just so smooth and so clean, and no matter what his feet do his body is so smooth and still...and it looks so effortless.
 

AndaBien

Well-Known Member
#83
...there are times when it looks like he delays a step until it's almost too late, but also looks like his foot arrives either just on time...
I was noticing this delayed impetus about her footwork. I LOVE it when a partner does this, because it allows for so much more expression in each and every step.
 

Subliminal

Well-Known Member
#84
After watching it a few more times... There is something mesmerising and stunningly beautiful about his footwork. I keep trying to figure out what it is. Perhaps the way he seems to be playing with the timing with his feet (rubato, which I'm always a sucker for)--there are times when it looks like he delays a step until it's almost too late, but also looks like his foot arrives either just on time or even slightly ahead. And the slight rise and fall. I can't put my finger on it, and it's driving me crazy (in a good way). It also look just so smooth and so clean, and no matter what his feet do his body is so smooth and still...and it looks so effortless.
Hmm. Kind of reminds me of something Sharna once shared in a class. I believe she studied CE with Tete, among others. The idea is that the leader can use his step to re-energize the follower's movement. For example, holding over your step until she is actually shifting weight, then stepping into her as she collects and takes her next step. In CE turns, you get that swooshy she-goes-he-goes effect. I haven't practiced it in a while, but it's a cool effect, and followers seem to love it when it's done well.
 

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