"Dancing Tid-bits" Issue #63, Thursday, August 9, 2001
Two Walks and a Link
Famous last words of Luca Baricci and Larrain winning the Championship Title
at Blackpool 2000. Indeed, it seems like every time I take a coaching lesson
in Tango the whole hour goes by and we do not seem to get beyond 2 Walks and
the Progressive Link. Why?
Why, because the whole thing about Tango is the Tango Atmosphere and Tango Movement of which these two steps are classical representations. So a few thoughts.
Two Walks: Everything in Tango is as a result of Tango Hold. As we know, knees are slightly flexed, the hold is more compact, lady is slightly more to man's right side, so man ends up holding her around waist more or less going across her spine with his right hand and therefore the left hand (R for the lady) is more acute angle at the elbow, etc., etc. Why this "HOLD" is so? They tell me that Tango goes back to it's ethnic roots of tribal hunting in Africa with stalking walks and then its development in the brothels of Argentina. It is because of this particular hold that the following characteristics apply to Tango Walks.
Even though the classical walks will turn to left but I guess we can also do these walks without turning if the situation calls for that.
Progressive Link: The problem with the link seems to be the technical descriptions of Feet positions which is really a topic by itself, so in order to keep things brief as I have promised to many readers let's discuss this in the next issue. Send me your comments and critique, that always helps. With Best Wishes, Max
Questions and comments to Dancemax@aol.com, thank you.