6241  Smooth Tango - feeling - style

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Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2009 12:51:19 +0000
From: Sergio Vandekier <sergiovandekier990@hotmail.com>
Subject: [Tango-L] Smooth Tango - feeling - style
To: Tango-L List <tango-l@mit.edu>



Damian,

Tank you very much for your gracious note.

My intention was not to criticize your dancing at all. I thought that the use of those videos, already presented and discussed by other members of the list, was a good oportunity to show what '"feeling" in Argentine Tango is.

You are entitled (as you explain) to your own style.

The only purpose of comparing those two videos was to discuss "feeling" and connection.

It certainly would be very unfair otherwise, to compare somebody in an exhibition situation with somebody in a teaching situation.
Also it is obvious that you and Osvaldo dance different tango styles : zotto dances "Traditional Tango" and you have a lot of influence from "Nuevo tango".

IMO you already dance better than most people I know, please continue the good work.

Going back to you style, out of all the instructors you mentioned, perhaps Chicho had the most influence.

As to feeling, you frequently do show a special feeling and connection at your exhibitions.

Good luck, I hope to meet you sometime,

Sergio

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9VyFqQkznk&feature=channel_page Damian

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8TKp4ech7Y chicho frumboli

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGZv6rSRvTo&feature=PlayList&pd2FCECA51E2D428&playnext=1&index=5 chicho close embrce


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Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2009 03:27:22 +1100
From: Noughts <damian.thompson@gmail.com>
Subject: [Tango-L] Smooth Tango - feeling - style
To: tango-L@mit.edu
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Thanks Sergio ;-)

Nice that you say I dance like Chicho. He definitely has had the most
influence in his tempo, timing and footwork. :-) I had students
come back from BA recently who saw him dance, but did not know who he
was. Then they had enough naivety to say, "that dude dances like
Damian" when it is 100% the other way, but it was a great compliment
for me anyway :-) Chicho laughed when I told him ;-)

The video that you picked out, our most recent was after Julz and I
had not danced together for about 6 months. I now live 2 hours flight
away from her, so we were very very rusty - I still prefer an older
one to Malena (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtC274rrGSk) when we had
had more time dancing together regularly.. once every 6 months is not
enough at the moment...

"I agree
that open-embrace adopts an expanded set of (usually rote-learned)
figures comprising a number of steps, mostly adaptations of
performance or demonstration (no judgement intended here)"

I would disagree with this. Open, learned correctly is the same as
closed, but open.... sorry but for me, it's that simple. Both have
their own axis and both work with chest leads....

Damian





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