6132  What to do when the floor is tight

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Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2008 08:09:20 -0400
From: Martin Waxman <martin@waxman.net>
Subject: [Tango-L] What to do when the floor is tight
To: tango-L@mit.edu
Cc: "larrynla@juno.com" <larrynla@juno.com>

View Ney Melo and Jennifer Bratt improvising in a small space:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elMyNZId4Zc

At 11:25 PM 10/16/2008, you wrote:

>I went to the welcome milonga held here in Portland Oregon at the
>Tango Fest. There were several hundred people so, despite the large
>floor, the crowd was tight. Not as much as the most popular milongas
>in Buenos Aires, but not much looser.
>Which brings up the question - what can you do to make a dance
>interesting when the floor is that tight?
>Larry de Los Angeles





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Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2008 23:04:24 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jack Dylan <jackdylan007@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [Tango-L] What to do when the floor is tight
To: tango-L@mit.edu

> From: Tango Society of Central Illinois <tango.society@gmail.com>
> For the crowded floor:
>
> - Hold your partner close.
> - Take small steps.
> - etec, etc >

Since Larry has had 20, or is it 30, years experience of Tango,
I would assume he already?knows these simple rules and is
looking to be more?inventive with his steps and figures.
?

> From: Martin Waxman <martin@waxman.net>
>
> View Ney Melo and Jennifer Bratt improvising in a small space:
>
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elMyNZId4Zc
>

I admire Ney Melo and Jennifer Bratt?very much, so no disrespect
to them, but, IMHO,?dancing in a small, fixed space is completely
different to dancing in a small space, which is always changing?as
it moves along the ronda and as other dancers close in and move
away. Some dancers seem to have a 6th sense about this and
always seem to have space, or are able to make space. I suppose
it comes with experience. Nevertheless, this video does show some
nice figures to dance in a small space. But, IMO,?the key is never
to assume you'll still have space to complete any figure you start
and always be prepared to improvise.?
?
Of course, you still have 2 other alternatives - either sit down and
watch or go find a place with more space. Personally, I can only
take a crowded dance floor for so long and then I need to stretch
my legs. That's the great thing about BsAs - if you don't like one
milonga, you can always move on to another.
?
Jack











Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2008 10:45:49 -0400
From: Martin Waxman <martin@waxman.net>
Subject: [Tango-L] What to do when the floor is tight
To: tango-L@mit.edu
Cc: "larrynla@juno.com" <larrynla@juno.com>

Dancing on a baldosa (floor tile).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJcvrw7Nic8

Marty





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