Learning Tango

21st February 2009

"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die, so, let us be thankful" ~ Buddha


Different people learn in different ways.

Some people need it broken down into steps and they learn step 1, then 2, then 3.

Others prefer to see an overview of how it all fits together first.

Some prefer to see the concept demonstrated, others to hear or feel it.

No one way is "better". But knowing what works for you is important.

It's also worth knowing that on the whole, for the leader the information is first given visually with some verbal explanation.

Followers get it rough

Followers tend to get a bit of a raw deal.

The problem with most classes is that the verbal information from the follower's viewpoint is rarely mentioned. I've spoken with a lot of followers who consider themselves lucky to come away with one piece of info from the entire class and that includes workshops!

Some teachers will specifically teach the follower's part separately. However, followers tend to learn more from being moved (physical) and then have it explained as to why they moved the way they did or what they need to change (verbal).

So you often see the teacher lead a move on a follower and say "No, you need to relax your hip", lead it again "No relax it more", lead it again "Yes, that's it".

How to learn

Find the way that works best for you. Then find a teacher who teaches that way.

- Christopher O'Shea, 21st February 2009

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