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Why they love tango

Posted by kiran.sawhney on June 4, 2015 at 9:05 AM

I sometimes wonder why Taliban banned dancing? Why are they so anti dancing and see dancing as a threat? In many religions, cultures and traditions dancing is prohibited. Why is a curb on dancing similar to curbing your freedom and cutting your wings. Why do people fear dancing? Why did Nazis prohibit dancing? Dancing represents freedom of human spirit, emancipation of soul, achieving new highs. They say in Tang...
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Imageries, that are helpful to teach tango.

Posted by kiran.sawhney on September 29, 2014 at 7:15 AM

 Embrace, Connection, Disassociation, Axis, Contra body movement, Musicality- all these terms refer to Argentine connection. I would draw one more parallel to Argentine Tango. That is the movement of the swans.

Just as swans waddle their feet and keep their upper bodies calm, so is tango. Yes, you lead from your chest. You do not maneuver with your hands. The chest...

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My interview with So Delhi

Posted by kiran.sawhney on August 8, 2014 at 10:45 PM

My interview in So Delhi. Read it online here.

Tango/milonga rock step- How to teach it the Indian way

Posted by kiran.sawhney on August 3, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Whenever I taught rock step (la cadencia) to Indian men, they would never get it easily. NEVER. They would find it difficult to not commit the weight and rock.

Then I formulated the technique and it is 100% successful. I would tell them, lets do signature moves of Amitabh Bachchan and then they would get rock step instantly.

Try it. I do not know whether Amitabh Bachchan got rock step from tango or tango got rock step from...

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Styles of tango Music Orchestras

Posted by kiran.sawhney on August 3, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Some of you get confused with the terminology-

The Old Guard

The Golden Age.

To make things simple, here is how the orchestras are classified.

The Old Guard—Firpo, Lomuto, Orquesta Tipica Victor, Carabelli, and Fresedo

The Early Golden Age—Canaro, De Caro, and Donato


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Quantity vs Quality

Posted by kiran.sawhney on July 30, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Today I was leading a follower, who had not learnt Tango from me. She has been learning tango for some time, with some teacher. I was quite dissapointed. She could not even do basic ochos. She could not go into a cross. It has not happened for the first time. I am in no way, criticicising or comparing any other school or teacher. I am also not trying to promote my school or my method of teaching. But here I am interpreting few common flaws that teachers make. 

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Understanding musicality in Tango- 2

Posted by kiran.sawhney on July 29, 2014 at 12:50 AM

Porteño milongueros have grown up listening to tango music. Just as we have grown up listening to Bollywood music. They know the beats, the pauses, syncopation, accent, etc.

If you pay attention and listen to the same music again and again, you can also get familiar with it. Understanding the lyrics and its meaning also helps. Spanish is not my mother tongue. But ever since, I started understanding the lyrics and its meaning, it helped. Do remem...

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The State of Embrace

Posted by kiran.sawhney on July 28, 2014 at 10:30 AM

 Article written by Mark Word, for Delhi milonga blog. Written for the New Dehli community by a man who has a high esteem of Indian spirituality.

 Mata Amritanandamayi, known as Amma has hugged more people than anyone in human history. She knows something about the embrace that even tango dancers need to learn.



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Carmencita Calderon

Posted by kiran.sawhney on July 27, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Some of you saw the image of Carmencita Calderon with Daniel Trenner and asked me who she is. Some of you googled.
Carmencita Calderon (1905 - 2005) was partner of “El Cachafaz” ( Ovidio José Bianquet, nickname Benito, 1885 - 19...
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Understanding musicality in Tango

Posted by kiran.sawhney on July 27, 2014 at 1:10 AM

I have a background of fitness and Indian classical dance. Both in aerobics and kathak, we count the beats to the T. Counting beats and phrases of 8 came naturally to me. In fact, I used to wonder, when people struggled with musicality in Tango. But when I taught Tango, I had to make my students aware of the beats- the up beat and the downbeat, the pauses, the instruments.

These pointers really help.

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