"Make the impossible possible, the hard easy, and the easy elegant."
Tango should be a pleasure.
Nevertheless the first thing we find out when we go to a Tango-class is that we actually can not walk.
Eventhough Tango is based on the most "natural" motion a human can think of, Tango is a complex and elaborated dance which requires a high level of body awarness and coordination.
In my own practice and in my transmission of this dance I therefore look for simple and clear explanations, and take special care of the precision of my language, in order not to create confusions. I want to pass on what I found out to be most useful and universally aplicable in practice.
The base is always a good posture and clean movement mechanics.
Good posture means that our squeletton is aligned in a way that the weight can drop in a perpendicular line to the flor and that we can stand firmly with a minimum of muscular tension, pushing the flor to stand upright.
Clean movement-mechanics means that we use fisical mecanism to generate movement in order to, again, reduce muscular effort to a minimum. Tango should be easy and elegant.
"Form follows function": also true in Tango and an excellent guideline in the learning-process (an endless process; every three years or so I find out that I can not walk and I start over again).
It also points to the fact that we need to look for how it feels (not how it looks) in order to learn how it works.
Our body is dancing with another body, the communication works over the sense of touch and proprioception. Our body-intelligence works much faster than our mind, if we just let it work.
This is where I find the pleasure and the sensuality in this dance: the pleasure of not thinking, the pleasure of feeling my body and some one else's body, moving in harmony (in the best case :).
Aside from the pure movement-technique, these three aspects are essential to this beautiful dance in my understanding of it:
1 - IMPROVISATION: the main essence of Tango, it makes the magic of this dance because there is no predicted pattern, we are free to play with our partner, our mood, the situation, the music. The aspect of playfulness is intimately linked to the concept of improvising.
2 - CONTACT / CONNECTION: The fisical contact ist not only the channel of communication with my partner, but also a connection to reality. The fact of dancing with a partner (no matter if I am dancing the leader's or the follower's role) provides me imediate feedback and endless surprises.
3 - MUSIC: What would be Tango without its music?
Endless source of inspiration and (hopefully) unifying factor for the couple. I love to play with rythms, patterns and textures of sounds in my movements and body-tonus.
To me, these three points are equal in importance. It is not possible to me to concieve Tango without one of them.