the magazine in 2017
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merry Christmas 2018
dec 25Christmas 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!
dec 21• 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 experience 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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dec 8The 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 odours). I cannot stress enough how important this is socially.
• Dress appropriately (avoid extremes). You should remember that first impression is important, and that changes the dance experience.
• Gentleman and lady behaviour is 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!
what's a tanda
dec 1A 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 and change of the dance experience, during which the floor must be cleared from dancers. Stay tuned for more!
what's a milonga
nov 26The 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, and a unique dance experience.
nov 19One project that really pushed me even further into tango culture was and is my tango q&a 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.
• 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?
What do you think?
nov 19Let 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.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 " dance 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!
essential tango check list
oct 14I 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? Is dance experience what you are looking for?
All the tango tips and tricks here!
• 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.• 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!
top5 nutrition tango tips
aug 23A 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.(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 to better your dance experience.
(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.
best tango tips
aug 8"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 will not 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.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 dance 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?
top4 tango mistakes
aug 1I 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 experience 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 dance experience!(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!
how to stay tango cool
july 24Summer. 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. I would highly recommend to have a small portable deodorant in your dance bag and bring a towel too!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. Following simple guidelines you will surely elevate your dance experience!
milonga essentials 2
july 16Welcome back! Let us continue from the previous magazine 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 dance 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.(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 magazine post?
milonga essentials 1
july 10The 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; thus creating an immaculate dance experience. 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.(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 Q&A 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!
summer & tango
july 4Summer 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.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. A poor dance experience. 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 magazine post?
canada 150 & tango
july 2The 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!
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 host many foreign guests. The difference between USD and CAD assisted tango in Canada, and boosted tango tourism and the dance experience in the country, especially from the United States.
Enjoy Canada 150 and the love it has for Tango!
dance & business magazine
june 29i always had the urge and need to write things down and provoke discussions with people from whom I can learn and be inspired. luminaries, experiences, business, dance, entertainment, and so many more. so writing was never something new to me. at this point you will normally think that I have done a magazine in the past. yeap! for a gentleman that loves writing and discussing this is the Holy Grail... right? i guess, and life has brought in front of me several opportunities and people so I can fulfill this need.
so here we are, me in front of my computer writing down words of meaning in a magazine... my first online magazine! who would have thought. of course another question that always emerges in these kind of initiatives is the context; the subject of the magazine. what we are going to actually talk about in here? is it tango? dance experience? luminaries and interviews? 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 education method, I have decided to proceed by following the holistic approach. we will be talking about everything, but with one common pillar: dance and business! :-D
so you should definitely stick around as we are going to rock this Magazine.
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