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Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2008 12:49:19 -0800 (PST)
From: "Trini y Sean (PATangoS)" <patangos@yahoo.com>
Subject: [Tango-L] Assessing tango (was Serpentine youth in
Zagreb..look out!)


--- On Wed, 11/19/08, Myk Dowling <politas@gmail.com> wrote:

> I was replying to Anton's comments, not Mario's.
> Anton was expressing a desire for some potent authority to define Tango and make it easier to assess.

I didn't read that in Anton's statement, but I did read a reflection of what I do see happening. That people are too willing to have an "anything goes" philosophy about tango without really thinking through the implications. Inexperience? Laziness? Excuses?

Tango is a dance that anyone can hang up a shingle and call himself/herself a teacher. There's no qualifying exam or regulations. So it depends on the voices that are heard to help define what it is. I think that too often the voices that are supportive of new things in tango, such as nuevo, are misused. Others take the support of nuevo to mean "anything goes". But the best of the nuevo practitioners would not advocate that. In fact, they look for the same qualities that traditionalists look for, too. Elegance, connection, musicality.


Trini de Pittsburgh













Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2008 21:09:05 +1100
From: Myk Dowling <politas@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Tango-L] Assessing tango (was Serpentine youth in
Zagreb..look out!)
To: Tango-L <tango-l@mit.edu>

Trini y Sean (PATangoS) wrote:

> I didn't read that in Anton's statement, but I did read a reflection
> of what I do see happening. That people are too willing to have an
> "anything goes" philosophy about tango without really thinking through
> the implications. Inexperience? Laziness? Excuses?
>

I'm not one of them. I think there is range of styles that can currently
be called "Tango", and I think that range mutates over time, and trying
to prevent that _gradual_ mutation is impossible and undesirable.

That doesn't mean I feel free to dance however I want. My desire is to
dance in a way that seems very traditional, when dancing to traditional
music. When dancing to nuevo/fusion music, I like to get a bit more
experimental, but only a little.

> Tango is a dance that anyone can hang up a shingle and call
> himself/herself a teacher. There's no qualifying exam or regulations.
> So it depends on the voices that are heard to help define what it is.
> I think that too often the voices that are supportive of new things in
> tango, such as nuevo, are misused. Others take the support of nuevo to
> mean "anything goes". But the best of the nuevo practitioners would
> not advocate that. In fact, they look for the same qualities that
> traditionalists look for, too. Elegance, connection, musicality.

I agree entirely.

Myk
in Canberra



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