Pablito Greco BlogDress & Tango Impress. (2)

 Continued... Christina: I think it is possible to dress for tango on a budget. For one, some milongas often hold second-hand sales, where you can find great shoes and outfits for a reasonable price. Otherwise I do most of my tango shopping online. There are plenty of online shops with vintage style dresses with a wide range of prices, and most of them also have frequent sales.

 Pablito: How do you decide what to wear?

Christina Pablito Greco Blog Christina: This is tricky. I am still discovering my style, as well as what works well for tango and what doesn’t. I’ve become much more aggressive at trying out new outfits, which has resulted in quite a few fails as well. But you don’t grow without trying new things :).

I mostly like vintage style A-line or wrap dresses that have lots of room for movement and are very flowy. For flow I find crepe material is the best. Silk looks beautiful but beware sweat stains as you dance the night away. Also, I find velvet to be a material that is beautiful on all body types, and looks very elegant.

After studying the lady dancers Ι notice the most on the dance floor, I also tried to invest in costume jewelry with lots of bling. Big earrings, a sparkly ring or bracelet go a long way. Hair accessories always look nice on the dance floor and add a bit of glamour, just make sure they won’t be in your partner’s face during closed embrace.

 Christina: Some of my favourite links:
(1) Trashy Diva
(2) Unique Vintage
(3) ModCloth
(4) GatsbyLady
(5) Loco Lindo
(6) The Pretty Dress Company
(7) Lisadore shoes
(8) Turquoise shoes
(9) Dance shoes online

 Pablito: Do you have tips for ladies dressing for a milonga?

 Christina: Uff do I ever… I am still learning all the do’s and don'ts that seem obvious but you stumble upon with experience...
• Bring a safety pin, you never know what might pop open or rip even with the roomiest of outfits.
• Assume tight dresses will ride up. Tight dresses should either be made of lycra, or a slit to allow for wide leg openings, because otherwise you are setting yourself up for very embarrassing and very public wardrobe malfunctions.
• Bring mints or mouthwash with you; it’s awful to spend the night worrying if your breath still smells of garlic from lunchtime.
• Wear your hair in a way that won’t flop in your partner’s face in a closed embrace, as that can get quite uncomfortable for both.

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Dress Pablito Greco Blog• You are bound to rip your stockings. Either get accustomed to dancing/dressing without them or bring a backup pair with you. If you prefer wearing tights you can always find toeless tights, ankle length tights or three quarter tights. With a bit of detective work you can also find tights with pretty lace detail at the bottom.
• Most lady tango shoes are open toe. While nail polish isn’t everyone’s deal, at least well manicured toes are worth your time, as your feet are basically on display.
• Unless you are a master of makeup, I would say the simpler the makeup the better. If you are lucky to spend the night on your feet dancing, you will get very hot and sweaty, and layers upon layers of foundation is anything but a good thing when you’re cheek to cheek…
• It is worth experimenting with new outfits in a smaller setting, like class. Some dresses that are very flattering in other social settings might not be as comfortable on the dance floor (e.g., tight fitting clothes ride up, droopy skirts or pantaloons might get caught in your heels or, etc.). I’ve had a couple of occasions where I regretted my choice of outfit halfway through a milonga...

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Pablito Greco BlogMerry Christmas & Happy New Year!

 Christmas is an excellent time to restore our faith and express our love towards people and the creation. Tango is a culture based on love; so tango and Christmas go together like peanut butter and bread. :-D Let us open our embraces and share our kindness and respect, fulfilling the word of God.

 My dearest people of tango, I am sending you my best wishes!JesusChrist

Pablito Greco BlogInterview by Joe Yang.

 There will always be minds that work collectively towards knowledge and the archive form of it. These minds are securing clusters of information for the next generations too. They are important, and tango needs them.


 Recently, I had the pleasure to give an interview to one of these beautiful collective minds like Joe Yang about the Xtango method, ways and means to tango, performance, students' learning tools and more, with a lot of exciting details and news about the Toronto Tango community. It will be very smart NOT to miss it! :-)

 Listen to the interview here and stay tuned for more! Comment below!

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Pablito Greco BlogDress & Tango Impress. (1)

 Tango is much more than a dance, it is a culture. It has a rich history, unique music, award winning literature, tasteful gastronomy, and an incredible dance; which is surrounded by a complicated set of social rules, a range of sounds, emotions, and melodies. Tango is a dance in a social setting, which apart from the obvious social rules of cleanliness, good breath, and pleasant body odor, dancers are encouraged to dress up for the occasion. One particular student of mine truly celebrates the tango experience every chance she gets. For this post I want to show her perspective on ladies wear for tango.

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 Pablito: I take great pleasure in seeing milongueros and milongueras dress the part in milongas. I noticed you really put an effort in your presentation, both in class and at social dances. What inspired you to do so?

Christina Pablito Greco Blog Christina: I would say the motivation is twofold. I started learning the tango and going to social dances when I was an undergraduate student in Chania, Greece. Despite it being a very small city, it has a very vibrant tango community, with a milonga for almost every day of the week. I used to watch some of the ladies dance mesmerized, because apart from being quite skilled social dancers, they also mostly came impeccably dressed, with beautiful outfits and shoes that really framed their dance beautifully, and also made the tango socials held in small cafes or city squares feel quite festive.

Then I came to Toronto and was exposed to the tango community here, with some milongas in large ballrooms and saw the diversity in dance styles and dresses. It is rather difficult getting dances in the larger events, as people tend to dance with partners they already know and like to dance with. I realized the more you stand out for a unique style, the more noticeable you are and the easier to get dances.

 Pablito: Where do you get outfits from, accessories, price range?

 Christina: I think you can mix and match many different styles in tango. You could just as easily go for a princess vibe or more rock and roll. I have admired everything from conservative and demure looks to sexy and seductive. I also like it when ladies combine very different styles. One lady in a milonga was wearing what looked like a bright red sash from a traditional Chinese outfit as a belt on otherwise modern clothes. Another had a wriggle dress on and featured a gorgeous bejewelled “slave” bracelet on her left hand (which was draped across her dance partner’s back and therefore very visible and eye catching).

 The outfit I remember liking the most was a sort of deep sky blue vintage A line dress with a white tiki pattern. The dancer wearing it really stood out in my opinion in a sea of mostly black sexy dresses.

 Stay tuned for the juicy part 2! Comment below!

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Pablito Greco BlogThe body of Tango. (1)

 Xtango teaching method is one of the most rational and easy to comprehend - participate projects I have ever created. It skips the nonsense of the tango "energy" and the "secret magic" (notions coming from SouthAmerica 's "maestros"...) and goes straight to fun, which is at the same time the point. In Xtango we have the body and the soul (the mind is part of the body). It is physically impossible to dance the tango without the body.

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 To test my own theory I organized a large tango seminar in the U.K. for the purpose of an applied dance experiment (in which I measured much more than the following). I went and chose randomly a dancer from the crowd, and asked one simple question "How do you dance the tango?". The dancer took a very little time and replied "With my soul". I said "Great! Let us test it and come into an undisputed conclusion together". I revealed from my inner pocket a 2 meters long rope, showed to the crowd and wrapped his ankles together really tight. I then said "Ok, now if you can please dance with your soul". The crowd laughed and so the wrapped individual, while trying unsuccessfully to move around the floor.

 That small part of the experiment lasted less than 5 minutes but the most useful outcome was embedded in the mind of the crowd: If you want to advance your tango skills you must first advance your physical skills, the body of tango. Which means making your body more flexible, stronger, and agile.

 And before you start thinking that this applies only to younger ages thus younger crowds, I will stop you there and tell you that it does apply to ages up to 100. Whoever has a body, can advance it to the level that nature permits. You can stretch and strengthen yourself for free, even in your room. There is no excuse. In my next post I will share with you few exercises to expand your skills fast and secure! Comment below!

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Pablito Greco BlogAirbnb 's Tango Nights Secrets: The Story.

 I love the global tango community. I am always working towards worldwide projects that promote tango culture and bring new masses into this captivating lifestyle, online and offline. The creation of the Pablito Greco brand and its sub-brands like the Xtango method-classes, Tango FAQs Facts ebook, e.t.c. are working en route to this vision and are experiencing a success for the last 5 years, +12-14% in revenues/year and popularity, with hard work and consistency.

In early summer 2017 I participated into a fantastic small (small in the eyes, big in the heart) charity Toronto tango event called "Tango Tea" organized by the local café and Mr. Dionysius Prakash Sarvesvaran, aka Dion. Long story short, I was instantly inspired by the atmosphere, purpose, and execution of this event from the candidly straightforward Dion, and a new idea was born that matched my hospitality experience as a professional hotelier; taking this to the next level.

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Shortly after that, I started working with Airbnb on creating and developing a singular, fun, and genuine tango culture event that everyone can book online and enjoy, the Tango Night Secrets experience. The success of this experience speaks for itself, but what I have to mention is that Tango Night Secrets brought more BRAND NEW people closer and into the tango culture (from U.S., Canada, and Europe), than the last 3 big Toronto tango events combined.

All things considered, I want to give public credit by saying "Thank you Dion for being an inspiration", but also to state that we should support similar events like "Tango Tea" that are actually widening the Toronto tango community quantifiably. A sub-culture develops when the incoming numbers are larger compared to the outcoming (loses) per month, quarter, and year. You can build this kind of projects, and better, I am sure of it. What do you think? Comment below!

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Pablito Greco BlogWhy learning tango?

 Like I wrote few years back, "Dance shapes your soul forever". This is a timeless constant. Beyond the "soul", you should learn tango dance for numerous and specific reasons. You will find the main below. :-)

 (1) Social. Everybody in tango dance is becoming more social, more open, and more pleasant to others. Due to the nature of the dance you will meet new people and make new friends. Your social skills will develop and your network will be broaden.

 (2) Physical. Tango dance will help you understand more about your body, the way it works, and how you can relate it with a body of a stranger. Ultimately, you will be able to fathom what the bodies can do on a dance floor, which are the limits, and how you can extend those. Your physical skills will develop rapidly and you will feel much better.

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 (3) Artistic. You do have an artist inside you, which hides until there is the right opportunity. Tango dance is the right opportunity for you to honestly express yourself, and let your inner creator free. On the dancing floor and through your partner a new era of conveying your thoughts, feelings, and ethos will arise.

 (4) Mental. The relating to the total emotional and intellectual response of an individual to external reality, is called mental health. Tango dance does affect the mental process of the person, and builds a better acuity and ability to broader calculations, among other capacities. Its effectiveness is no secret to the scientific society since it is already being used for experimental purposes on Parkinson's and Alzheimer diseases.

 As one approaches the tango as a culture (including of course the dance and the music from 1900-2018), will find more than an ordinary or stereotypical community of people and skills-to-develop. What he or she finds is more like an exciting adventure which includes countless of experiences. A culture with real benefits. Why are you dancing? Comment below!

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Pablito Greco BlogHospitality & Tango!

 My dearest All, moving fast forward into 2018 I want to make crystal clear that Toronto tango organizers and the rest of the awesome and kind world, perspicuously fathom the basic concepts of Hospitality; ladies and gentlemen this is the actual industry in which you are doing business.

 As a passionate hotelier, I cannot refrain myself from honestly expressing that shameful, racist-like, humiliating, and offensive actions towards guests, visitors, or strangers, shouldn't occur into a developed tango community, that exist in a society that has as city motto the "Diversity our Strength".

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 Although Saturday's, December 30th 2017, events painted total-black a page of Toronto 's tango history, I do have hope and know for a fact that people will understand, protect, and respect humanity today and tomorrow.

 In the near future I will share the story with the corporations I work with (including Airbnb Inc.) as an example that will lead to proactivity in hospitality; which means "service with heart".

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Pablito Greco BlogMerry Christmas & Happy New Year!

 Christmas is an excellent time to restore our faith and express our love towards people and the creation. Tango is a culture based on love; so tango and Christmas go together like peanut butter and bread. :-D Let us open our embraces and share our kindness and respect, fulfilling the word of God.

 My lovely Xtango students please remember that classes resume at January 8th, 2018 at 9PM; same amazing place!JesusChrist

Pablito Greco BlogWhat's milonga 's etiquette? (p2)

 • Respect the ronda (the cyclical line of the dance).
• Do apologize if there is a collision with another couple; even if it was not in your fault.
• Never stop dancing during a song.
• If you are sweaty take breaks to keep from overheating; or consider bringing a change of clothes.
• Generally dance the entire tanda, unless the skills are widely varying.
• At the end of a tanda, when you finish dancing, say "Thank you".


• If you do not wish to dance further, thank your partner. "Thank you", signals an intention to end the dance and the tanda.
• When you finish dancing, leave the floor quickly assuring those on it are given their space. Learn the etiquette here!
• The gentleman must escort the lady on and off the floor.
• When entering the dance floor, dancers have a right of way.
• Respect your partner’s body-language regarding the kind and use of the embrace.

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Pablito Greco BlogWhat's milonga 's etiquette? (p1)

 The etiquette is a sum of behaviours, manners, and protocols that exist to help milonga function as an organized social event. Some of them are more serious and basic than others. Participating actively in a milonga means that you have knowledge of the main parts of the etiquette:

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• Ensure personal hygiene (bathe, protect your breath, remove odors). I cannot stress enough how important this is socially.
• Dress appropriately (avoid extremes). You should remember that first impression is important.
• Gentleman and lady behaviour are always expected. Politeness is always a winner and it always will be.
• If you want to dance do not spend your time talking. Dancers are not inviting people who are constantly discussing with each other, due to the respect towards the discussion.


• Understand the code for a polite dance invitation. Verbal or non-verbal, dancers should know the process.
• Milongas are not for practicing nor teaching. We don't talk during dancing or do anything other than try to communicate with a non-verbal connection.
• Never correct your partner while dancing.
• Do not chew gum while dancing. It's not only distracting for both partners but also bad for the empty stomach.
• In between songs, talking is fine but do not leave the embrace locked.
• If not dancing walk clockwise the dance floor, not through it. The second part is coming! Comment below!

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Pablito Greco BlogWhat's a tanda?

 A tanda is a turn of dancing in a milonga (one-night tango events), and by association, a set of pieces of music, usually among three or four, that is played for one turn.

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 Tandas are normally arranged by feeling, orchestra, lyrics, and/or year of the recording of the music. A traditional order of tandas is: T-T-V-T-T-M (T for a tanda of classic tangos, V for a tanda of classic valses, M for a tanda of classic milongas). A contemporary order of tandas include music genres other than the above, and its structure differs a lot by having many variations: T-V-T-M-T-E or A (E for a tanda of electronic, A for a tanda of alternative).


 Between tandas a cortina (Spanish for “curtain”) is played, a musical pause (not related to tango, ±30sec) to allow dancers to leave the floor and to serve as a short break between tandas. Long cortinas signal the announcements, during which the floor must be cleared from dancers. Stay tuned for more! Comment below!

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Pablito Greco BlogWhat's a milonga?

 The word “milonga” has three meanings:
 (1) Music. Milonga is the music genre created originally by the mixture of quick pace (mainly) music genres like the Cuban Habanera, Mazurka, Polka, Brazilian Macumba & Candombé, and Payada. It precedes the classic tango music genre in history.

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 (2) Dance. Milonga is the dance genre that uses the milonga music genre to function. No, it is not a fast tango dance; milonga has different movements, role, and purpose.

 (3) Event. Milonga is a one-night organized social event where people gather to dance together with tango related music. Participants pay an entrance fee to the organizers to join the event. It is one of the most precious aspects of tango as a culture.Tango Buenos Aires

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Pablito Greco BlogAll-things-Tango videocast.

 One project that really pushed me even further into tango culture was and is my Tango FAQs Facts videocast. I gave the videocast the same tittle as my ebook, because the first was a product of the latter. I believe that eduction is a solution for many things; therefore combining multimedia with great intentions, you create a wonderful result from which everybody can benefit.

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 • Gardel was French?
• Is Tango a Latin Dance?
• Is Tango Dance a Language?
• What is Tango Dance?
• Tango and Unesco.
• Tango 's birthplace!
• What is Tango culture?

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Pablito Greco BlogTango Nostalgia.

 Let me confess to you what I feel... I want the tango, I need the tango, I love the tango. Every now and then I sit back and rethink about the relationship between me and art. I go back to my old notes, some very innocent tango pictures, projects that have been fulfilled and others that have never surfaced, old videos, and old versions of everything. In short, I collect my self and reposition my artistic emotions.

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 Because it is a pattern in my life, I do this every time I prepare a new big artistic project. Something that has my attention and my excitement. I use the past to learn and achieve more and faster. After all, this is exactly what "experience" means.

 One of the easiest and more effective way to travel in a blink of an eye into my past is, music. Music forgotten, and tunes that have fallen deep down into my cerebrum cortex playlist. Music that I used to love, dance, and connect with other people. Melodies full with emotional memories; the strongest bond I can create between creation.

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 When it comes to tango music, my earliest memories (thank the Lord) in my tango career are from the Electronic Tango genre. I remember the excitement, the raw passion, and the need to listen more, dance more, and learn more. I was blessed to begin my dance career with such an open mind.

 Tango Nostalgia comes often and usually with happy memories and useful lessons to teach my present. As I am growing younger by the day, I realize how my past should be protected and nurtured, rather than deleted and forgotten. Stay tuned for more! Comment below!

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Pablito Greco BlogThe Essential Tango Check-List!

 I want a quick fix! To loose weight faster, get ready for the beach just before the summer, get rich in one week, learn to dance in zero time... Wow! Hold on a moment. Let me give you the news. Nobody can buy experience; you have to live it to gain it. That said, take a look at the below tango check list, since it is the closest thing to a quick tango fix you can get online (or just buy this ebook)!

 • Sort out your intentions. Ok, so you like dancing the tango; great! Do you have any specific goals? How much time and money you are going to spend? Does the tango makes you feel good? Do you like socializing and have fun?

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 • Master the dance invitation and declination. Nothing says more about yourself from the way you interact socially in the tango community, even before you dance on the floor.

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 • Perfect your ronda use. Even if you know a ton of tango moves and you are so eager to do them on the dance floor, they will mean nothing if you lack the understanding of how to follow the line of dance, and how to stay in your lane.

 • Develop a firm floor relationship. Security and trust inside the tango couple starts from beneath. Feeling the floor under your shoe soles increases the confidence to move.

 • Create a solid embrace. Embraces tend to be overcomplicated. You just have to embrace the way it makes sense for dancing, and feels comfortable.

 • Train a basic musicality. Both partners should have trained a basic level of musicality for their steps in reflection with the different tango music genres. Stay tuned for more! Comment below!

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Pablito Greco BlogHow to become a social dancer. (p2)

 ...So my tango goal was certainly clear; to dance with as many ladies as I could, in as many cities and countries as I could visit. I had to make a plan that will be cost, time, and effort effective. I opened Google Maps and pin pointed the closest countries that had developed tango communities. Quickly this whole plan became a vast project; an exciting tango adventure. My boys thought I was crazy, but I was just having a huge crash with tango. I proceeded blindly and passionately towards in what was later going to be called PALOTO (Pablito 's Loco Tour) by my boys in the hood.

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 Six months later I had managed to visit 12 countries and 20 cities by land and air, spend thousands of euros (hear me out it was a lot), participated in 120 milongas, practicas, festivals, and foremost danced with more than 900 singular ladies (my bet was 500!), and over 300 hours of social tango dancing. I was living in a different nebula, and my name was Astrotango. I returned almost broke, and with my three pairs of shoes ruined from excess tango dancing. I think I was not able to move properly for 3-4 days in a row. My family was very worried but I was sleeping for endless hours with a fixed smile on my face!

 As you can imagine, I brought a lot of things with me from all these trips. But the most precious thing, that until today I value the most (as a huge return on investment), was a bulky leather notebook in which I wrote everything. EVERYTHING. Places, names, phone numbers, emails, movements (hundreds of movements), styles, feelings, opinions, observations, tips, tricks, secrets... ALL-THINGS-TANGO. Needless to say, that bold, age-smelling notebook is just getting bigger and bigger and most of its pages are now digitized using the latest and greatest tech (an Archivist Quill which is a high tech book scanner).

 That massive experience shaped forever the way I see the world, its people, and the dance; beyond tango. A quite different person came back from that tour. A social dancer. More to come so comment below!

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Pablito Greco BlogTOP5 Nutrition Tango Tips.

 A healthy lifestyle for a tango dancer is all about balance. It is important to enjoy food and to recognize how important it is to allow space for everything in moderation.

 (1) Tango dance is an activity in which the body relies heavily on carbohydrate as a source of fuel. Therefore, about half of a tango dancer’s daily intake needs to be from carbohydrate-containing foods, such as whole grains, rice, potatoes, fruit, vegetables, milk and yogurt.

 (2) The tango dancer’s plate also needs to include lean protein and healthy fats. Protein-containing foods, such as poultry, beef, fish, eggs, beans, nuts and dairy products help with repair and recovery of muscles after intense social dancing or practicing. Foods, such as avocados, olive oil, nuts, seeds, tuna, salmon and walnuts, are examples of sources of healthy fats that support healing and growth.
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 (3) Minerals (like Calcium, Iron, Zinc - maintain strong bones, transport oxygen, support immune system, e.t.c.) and vitamins (like A, B, C, and D - growth, development, release and use energy, absorb minerals, healthy body tissue, e.t.c.) provide the frame of the dancer's body. They are needed in small amounts and are required to maintain health and prevent disease. Fibre will help to keep things moving through the digestive system. Soluble fibre is found in oats and pulses, as well as all the fruits and vegetables we’ve been talking about. Insoluble fibre, which helps alleviate constipation and bowel upsets, is also very important and is found in bran and other wholegrain cereals.

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 (4) Water is necessary for the metabolic process (converting food into energy) and it transports glucose to the muscles through the bloodstream. It also gets rid of the body’s waste and toxins and is an essential means of transporting nutrients around the body. Consume plenty before class, practice or the milonga.

 (5) The most successful, safe, natural, and timeless way of managing your nutrition is the Portion Time (POTI©, see image above) rule which only focuses on healthy portions at the right time, containing all the above. Stay tuned for the part2 and comment below!

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Pablito Greco BlogHow to become a social dancer. (p1)

 "What you see is what you get". I think you can relate by saying that I was raised believing that the above phrase was true. Growing older so many standards or truths came into oblivion in my life. This is a sweet story of how I became a true social dancer. :-)

 I participated into my first milonga (tango social) after my very first group class, back in the days. The memories of me wearing those brown heavy cowboy boots while trying dancing are so vivid (and scary!), even today. It was a great and fulfilling year. Needless to say, that first group class was enough to shape my horizons for ever; I fell in love and there was no escape.

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 At the milonga and in the ones that followed a senior gentleman, named John, was there kindly motivating us by saying "Dance, dance. Get up and dance". How much do we own to this guy I wonder. That external push was enough to fire my already internal overflowing volcano; so I got up and danced with every lady that I could find in front of me. Those were the pure dances, innocent. I sat down five (5) hours later. Yes, you heard me right. Of course back then, milongas in my home town were starting at 10PM and ending at 4AM. People were thirsty for tango.

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 That experience was the start of my understanding on how to become better and better as a social tango dancer. The following months me and the boys were putting numbers before each milonga; "I will do 10 tonight" one was saying. "Hah! I will surely do 18" said the other one. I was always trying to beat their numbers... "Wake up guys, I will do at least 30, and that's a promise". Those numbers reflected the amount of tandas we were targeting to dance. It was a simple but yet effective way, to dance as much as we could with a focus on quantity... Comment below!

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Pablito Greco BlogBest Tango Tips!

 "As long as I live I will learn" (Γηράσκω αεί διδασκόμενος). Do you think ancient Greeks had tango in mind when they said that? :-) A very tango-relative quote, I will say. I have gathered below some of the best tips for tango dancers, from my continuous learning experience. Enjoy reading!

 Ask. If you don't dig you cannot find! I was always the nerd student... I was asking so many questions for everything. Eventually and promptly, this strategy helped me develop my skills rapidly. So I know by experience that as many questions you ask, the quicker your learn.

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 Participate. "Nothing happens if you are not there", said a friend of mine. In tango, If you show continuity with your presence to classes, you will surely avoid learning gaps. Nothing substitutes your own practical experience to these learning events.

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 Insist. Most things in tango dance would not come with the first try... It took me months to nail the relationship of my feet with the floor! Your body and mind need time to absorb and adapt.

 Write. Yes, I left the million dollars tip for last! This one saved me TONS of $ and time from day-one. Writing down everything is your best tool. I can show you classes that I took back in 2004 when I started dancing. Honestly, you will be amazed. Suggestions for future posts? Comment below!

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Pablito Greco BlogTOP4 tango mistakes!

 I know. You love dancing and you want to be better fast. You see, I can read your mind. :-) Fear not, because I have done all the hard work for you. This is the list of the TOP4 most common tango mistakes (and you are going to love them!).

 (1) Pushing! Oh yes, this decades-old remnant way of giving energy to your dancing partner has ruined so many good dances! In tango dance we embrace, not push. We connect and share, not devour or conquer. So next time you go to the practica or the milonga, forget about using the arms to move your partner, focus on your chest and have your arms as an extension of it. Buttery smooth!

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 (2) Not Breathing! Have you seen a dancer over-sweating during a milonga? Bingo! A study we did back in 2014 showed that, more than 65% of the people in a milonga are not breathing properly. This lack of oxygen decreases their ability to move or perform correctly, and induces other cooling mechanisms like sweating. So breath normally!

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 (3) Not Pausing! I see so many couples dancing the tango with only "one breath"; they forget or do not know the significance of a pause. Just like the pause in music synthesis, the pause in tango is part of the dance. It serves many purposes, but mainly to sustain the sentimental connection of the partners, to let them take a breath, and to recharge their "batteries". Try it next time!

 (4) Looking down! Been there and done that, true! A nasty habit for both partners that is caused by insecurity and can level the beauty of the dance couple. Looking down messes with the posture, thus physics, thus balance, and thus result... The solution it to look at the normal level of your sight. Heads up!Suggestions for future posts? Comment below!

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Pablito Greco BlogHow to stay... tango cool!

 Summer. It's been sweaty, exhausting and not to mention we are all a bit lethargic after a long day. What can you do to stay cool on the tango floor?

 Sweating! I know we all kind of hate it but we all have it! The body 's natural cooling system is our own AC system. I would highly recommend to have a small portable deodorant in your dance bag and bring a towel too!

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 Hair up! I have to say, majority of my lovely female tango students always have their hair up. But for those who I have to keep reminding, our long hair is like a coat. Having your hair up and off your neck will help your skin breathe and keep you feeling cooler.

 Hydrate! Replace your fluids with water. Carbonated drinks don’t work so well and the health benefits aren’t so good. To make it easier for you, bring a water bottle and refill it up so you can drink between dances.

 Cool-down! Stretch a little, drink plenty of water, change into something cool and out of your sweaty dance wear. Too hot? Run your wrists under cool water.

 Light clothes! Wear clothing with lightweight fabric. Wearing singlets or tops without sleeves can be cooler. Gentlemen keep in mind wearing clothing that is light and breathable. Suggestions for future posts? Comment below!

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Pablito Greco Blog10 milonga 's essentials! (p2)

 Welcome back! Let us continue from the previous blog post for the 10 essential things for the milonga:

 (6) Dance with as many people as you can! Take advantage of the variety of tango levels, body types, and feelings that each individual can offer. Always remember that the more diverse experiences you have the better dancer you will become (and faster).

 (7) Network like there is no tomorrow. Tango is social, so you have a first class opportunity to socialize, meet, and connect with a lot of tango people. You never know which contact will land you a new friend, lover, or even a job.

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 (8) Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS)! Simplicity is always a winner. Simplicity in tango movement and a focus on the feeling is always the best way to impress and elevate your social reputation. You will not believe how many social dancers prefer this path in a milonga.

 (9) Always know the milonga 's etiquette. It is imperative to be aware of the know-how so you can maneuver better than everybody else and have the advantage. Even if other tango dancers are not aware of these codes, it doesn't mean that you shouldn't.

 (10) Be YOU. Last, but foremost, is that you should behave as yourself; leave the mask behind milonga 's entrance. People should get to know the real you, and the real you is always the best you. Anything to suggest for this blog post? Comment below!

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Pablito Greco Blog10 milonga 's essentials! (p1)

 The milonga (tango socials) is the basis where tango and its culture develop. As a social event, the milonga is surrounded by a wonderful and well thought etiquette, which prevents several discrepancies and clarify interactions between the tango dancers and the environment. These are the 10 essential things you should do or have when you are participating in milonga:

 (1) Prepare a small bag and include your deodorant, perfume, an upper body change of clothes, your shoes for dance, and something for a pleasant breath (not a chewing gum!).

 (2) Dress up, if you feel comfortable by doing this. You cannot imagine how important is the first impression you make to people, and how that first impression will follow you as your reputation grows.

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 (3) Always smile! Smiling can make you and others happy, it makes you more attractive and help you de-stress.

 (4) If you really want to dance, arrive early and seat at a table around the ronda (if you don't know what ronda is, buy the Tango FAQs Facts ebook) so everybody can see you, and you can approach everybody with ease.

 (5) Start dancing with other people as soon as you arrive. The body needs time to prepare itself (lubricate the joints, increase internal temperature, increase cardiovascular activity, prepare the muscles, e.t.c.) before you can reach your best condition and performance in that particular event. The body is the vessel for tango!

 (6) To be continued! Comment below!

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Pablito Greco BlogSummer & Tango!

 Summer time provides to tango and its culture a unique opportunity. Good weather and open hearts are all tango needs to promote itself in open air spaces and places; contrasting the common dark indoor events throughout the rest of the year.

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 Organizers have to step up and take advantage of the evening breeze, the gentle emotions, and happy atmosphere that summer is creating, to attract more people into this unique culture. Every day during the hot months, without open air milongas or similar tango events, is a lost day towards the progress of the tango community. Actually, summer days are by far the best time for tango organizers to spread their work to the bigger public and gain more customers for their events. How do you think a community can grow? By making your "product" (tango culture) available and appealing to the large masses as effective as possible. This is the way.

 I am sure you will agree that during the cold or winter months tango culture is becoming more like a "ghetto" thing; isolated into low light places that are hard to find, segregated from the big crowd action. I would not be surprised if the tango organizers around the world start a community-development research to see that during the summer NEW people are more likely to participate in such events, than during the winter. Communities are not built into the dark but into the light.

 There you have it. Promote heavily tango culture during the hot outdoor time and enjoy your hard work during the cold indoor time. Could not be simpler! Agree or not with this blog post? Comment below!

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Pablito Greco BlogCanada 150 & Tango!

 The 150th anniversary of Canada, also known as the 150th anniversary of Confederation and promoted by the Canadian government as Canada 150, occurs in 2017 as Canada marks the sesquicentennial anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Fantastic times to live in really!

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 Canada reminds a lot the beginning of tango culture, at the Río de la Plata region. Millions of immigrants, dozens of cultures, and a unique mix. Actually Canada has almost the same age with Tango and its culture, and that is amazing! That explains a lot how come Canadians (wonderful people) love and embrace the Tango, from East to West.

 If I had to do a safe projection I will say that Canada will be in the next few years the tango destination of North America. Just wait and see! It is already happening! Festivals, marathons, and even milongas have always a lot of foreign guests. The difference between USD and CAD assisted Tango in Canada, and boosted tango tourism in the country, especially from the United States.

 Enjoy Canada 150 and the love it has for Tango! Comment below!

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Pablito Greco BlogLet's tango blog!

 I always had the urge and need to write things down. Personal thoughts, ideas, schedule, new tango movements (waking up in the dark!), or even food recipes. So writing was never something new to me. At this point you will normally think that I have done a blog in the past. NOPE! For a gentleman that loves writing this seems a little bit strange... Right? I guess, but life as we know it can be several times this way.

 So here we are, me in front of my computer writing down words of meaning in a blog... my FIRST blog! Who would have thought. So many surprises. Of course another question that always emerges in these kind of initiatives is the context; the subject of the blog. What we are going to actually talk about in here? Is it Tango? Or maybe play with several subjects all together? Well, we have to nail it or it's not worth doing it so!

 Just as my Xtango tutoring method, I have decided to proceed by following the holistic approach. We will be talking about everything, but with one common pillar: our beloved Tango! :-D

 So you should definitely stick around as we are going to rock this tango blog; and always Comment below!

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