DELHI MILONGA BLOG
|Posted by kiran.sawhney on July 2, 2014 at 2:50 AM|
Leather or suede soles
Suede grips the floor better, and is particularly good on slippery floors. Suede will need to be brushed every now and again to keep its surface optimal.
Leather soles are more resilient, and slide better.
The most important difference however is that because of its flexibility and softness, suede soles will make the entire shoe much more flexible, and your feet will have a more intimate contact with the floor. The flexibility is great, but means that the shoe will offer significantly less balance to the foot. We personally prefer and recommend leather soles, but that said, many women enjoy the flexibility and contact that suede provides.
|Posted by kiran.sawhney on July 2, 2014 at 1:30 AM|
Daniel Trenner, my teacher told me a a follower, " One look at him should be enough to tell you that he is an idiot. That you should not trust him. Because if you will trust him, he will fail you. Don't you know that he is an idiot? But shhh!! he cannot know. This is a secret. Because if he knows, he will be very upset. "
His words resonate in my ears whenever and wherever I am dancing as a follower. I could dance confidentally with best leaders in top most milongas in Buenos Aires and do well. I only had my teachers words echoing in my ears.
Further, Daniel added, "And if he says- you are wrong. Say- Yes Dear. Then do exactly what you want to do."
Recently at a milonga in Delhi, I was dancing with a leader, who was fighting more than dancing. The feeling was of tug of war. He was pulling, pushing, trying to imbalance (very deliberately), just so that he could make a fool of me (a well known tanguera and a teacher in Delhi- falling on dance floor would be a sight).
That was the time my teacher's words came so handy- Don't you know that he is an idiot. You are not supposed to trust him. He tried super hard to make me fall. I could have stopped the dance and say, "thank you". But I rather accpeted the challenge.
In between, while dancing, he even whispered, "balance". And I retorted back, " Do not bother about my balance. I will be on my axis. Take care of yours." Needless to say, it was not pure Tango we danced but was more of a fight. But like Daniel said, "Play chess not checkers". I did play chess very well.
When I finished, someone said, " Hey Kiran, you were good." I was not good. I had danced only with my teacher's words in my mind.
Note to all the followers, if you want to dance well, remember what Daniel said.
|Posted by kiran.sawhney on June 30, 2014 at 1:20 AM|
Yesterday there was an event with Little black book Delhi. It was in Delhi Rock. People who came did rock climbing, tango and enjoyed organic food and juices freshly prepared on the spot.
Here are some pictures of the participants.
|Posted by kiran.sawhney on June 26, 2014 at 2:10 PM|
Numbers- How important are they? Quantity- Does it really matter. As a milonga organizer, should my thoughts be about number of people attending the milonga? Does that solely make a milonga successful? To achieve numbers should I adopt gimmicks?
Big debate. There could be a milonga, where 90% of people do not dance tango or know how to dance tango. It would play salsa, swing, bachata, etc etc. The entry is free. It is more for socializing. There is another milonga, which plays pure tango music, sticks to the rules. It has paid tickets. 100% people present (in less number) dance tango and know the floorcraft and the rules well.
Which kind of milonga would you prefer going to if you are a tango dancer?
What is more important for you? Quantity or Quality?
|Posted by kiran.sawhney on June 26, 2014 at 11:25 AM|
Tango is a very difficult dance to learn. Most of the times, people give the excuse that they do not have a partner to practice. When I was learning from my teacher, Daniel Trenner, he made me very independent. I was taking privates and doing apprenticeship as a Tango teacher. Daniel did not partner me from day one. He told me that I had to learn on my own and then he would dance with me. I was given two sticks. He also had a name for those sticks. They were my partners. I had to lead them and follow them. The drill initially felt so cruel. But today I thank him. It made me self sufficient to practice and dance on my own. It made me confident to face the cruel tango world. This is how you can and should practice
1. As a warm up, put nice tango music and do your basic exercises- walk forward and back, ochos, etc.
2. Now bring in more technique- Disassociation, contra body movement, pivot, etc.
3. Listen to a song and carefully apply what you have learnt- both the leaders part and the followers- one by one.
4. Watch some videos on the same song and see how someone else has interpreted the same musicality.
5. Start all over again.
It is very important that you understand both the leader’s and the follower’s role. I just wrote that there is a “cruel tango world”. Why I said that, is because tango is a social dance, you tend to seek other’s approval about your technique. You practice so hard. Invest so much but rarely you are told that you are so good. Specially if you a beginner or a new comer, who is new to this cruel world, you are judged and sometimes pulled down. You come back from a milonga feeling frustrated. But let me tell you, here, you will rarely be complimented and told how good you are (specially in your home country amongst the folks you know and dance with). Art of living has taught me- Do not be a football of other people’s opinions. So stop getting demotivated. Yes, you do not have a partner. Yes, tango is very difficult dance. Yes, you are not an Argentine. Yes, the small community never has a word of praise for you. But once you have practiced your technique on your own, worked on your musicality, the foundation is rock solid, you will step on the dance floor with confidence and will outshine. Other people’s opinions will stop effecting and bothering you. You will set your own standards of perfection. You will get less hurt. You will have less need for acceptance and approval.
Start thinking and operating like Howard Roark from Fountainhead. Have unshakable belief. Persistence, perseverance and dedication will pay.