TomTom Tango - navigating your way through the fusion jungleI want to...
- ...improve my connection / frame / dance technique in MJ
- ...add tango-y moves to my MJ
- ...learn a tango fusion
- ...master tango NOW!
- ...dance to modern music
- ...learn lots of cool moves
- ...learn technique
The perceived wisdom is that you should take up either Argentine Tango or WCS. Clearly it's half right...
Although there's overlap between AT and MJ there's also a lot of differences. This can mean that technique that works great on an AT follower will actually make things worse on an MJ follower. You probably need to look for a workshop along the lines of "Tango technique for your MJ" or a private lesson.
Tango moves look cool, have great musicality and can usually be done in a fairly small space.
However, there's a fairly limited number of moves that will actually work on a partner who doesn't already know them, and they take a looong time to learn in comparison with Modern Jive moves.
Full article: I want to learn Tango-y moves / footwork.
Don't want to dance all night to accordions huh?
Well, you'll need follows who know it, and somewhere that plays suitable music on a regular basis. And you're not going to learn a lot of AT technique and you'll probably skip the basics and go straight to the "advanced" tango; which can be a bit confusing if you decide to take up tango later on.
But, you get to dance Tango to Springsteen...
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"What's with all this "7 years to learn to walk" nonsense?!
OK, there's two ways to get really good at tango quickly: by learning walking, or by learning sequences.
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"- Is it really so much to ask?" Well yes - at the moment, there's very few tango clubs where modern music is played. You're more likely to find something suitable at Ceroc blues rooms.
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"Walk, walk, walk. Blah, blah, blah. Meh, where's the fun stuff?"
Coming from an MJ background, some people are naturally more move-focussed than others. But it's less easy to pick up a collection of moves from Tango lessons - you get taught less moves per class. Also, knowing moves without technique can be dangerous - poorly-placed ganchos can be painful.
Private, move-focussed lessons can help. Also, going to lots of different teachers' classes will expose you to a variety of moves.
Full article: Learning Cool Moves
If you want to learn technique, the most important thing is to find the right teacher for you, someone who fits with the way you learn; and you'll need to stick with that teacher. It may take a while to find this teacher.
You also need to be a good (patient) learner.
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