DELHI MILONGA BLOG
Tango and Milonga in Delhi
|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 27, 2014 at 1:05 AM|
Milonga in Sitges. Watch the subtle lead of the leader. He does nothing but he does it well. Observe the pauses.
|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.
|Posted by kiran.sawhney on June 25, 2014 at 1:50 PM|
The dancers have a lean and toned bodies. But every dancer has to supplement it with the right exercise and diet to remain in shape, keep fit and be flexible. The dancers do cardio, yoga and pilates to keep fit. So many dance moves are originated from yoga postures. They need strength and flexibility and of course agility. A dancer cannot afford to be in a bad shape. These days few workouts stem from dance based exercises like zumba, bhangra aerobics, dancercise etc.
For diet, they must have right amount of proteins for the muscles, calcium for the bones, have magnesium and Vitamins for the absorption of calcium. Specially Vitamin D (from the sun). The fat intake has to be low and carbohydrates minimum. Dancers need to avoid junk food. They need to have very healthy and nutritional diets
Do's and don'ts- For dancers, it is important that they do not get injured. Neither while dancing nor while working out. They must warm up properly to go into deeper stretches to prevent the muscle injury. They must wear the right shoes and attire. Their diet should be good. They should get sufficient rest. A dancer has to take care of his/her body like a temple. They should also keep themselves hydrated.