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Beautiful show tango (Fernando & Sol)

7 videos showing beautiful tango walking!

posted Jan 4, 2017, 10:03 PM by Sophia de Lautour   [ updated Jan 4, 2017, 10:23 PM ]

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Jesica Arfenoni & Maximiliano Cristiani - this pic captures their beautiful walk!

Sharing this article by US based Tango teacher 
Ney Melo

Back in the early stages of my tango life I hosted Ney Melo's Sydney / Australian tour twice. On the second visit he was accompanied by his beautiful dance and life partner Jennifer Bratt. I always enjoy Ney's musings on tango, and this one particularly struck a chord. A good walk is so essential to tango! 

"MY TOP 7 FAVORITE “WALKING VIDEOS
          December 28, 2015  - Ney Melo

“The Walk”….”La Caminata”….since I was a tango beginner, it has fascinated me. Back then, I just wanted to be good enough in tango to embrace a woman and walk beautifully with her. As the saying goes “if the walk is good, the woman dies in your arms, if the walk is bad…..the woman just dies.”
So here are 7 of my favorite “walking videos”. By no means am I saying that these are “the best”, these just happen to be ones that I look at when I am in the mood for some “good walkin'”.

1. Jorge Dispari and Samantha DispariJorge and La Turca were very important teachers for me. They really say what is on their mind and were the most critical teachers I ever had. In a world where many teachers adapt to the different trends in the dance, it was nice to have teachers who were fixed in their idea of the aesthetic and musicality of tango. This is a class demo on walking and musicality that I organized for my Buenos Aires tour group back in 2008. Here is Jorge with his daughter, Samantha.
  

2. Javier Rodriguez and Andrea Misse
Javier, my maestro, and Andrea were such a beautiful couple. What struck Jennifer and I right away about the classes with Javier is how he looks at you and it is as though he sees right into your soul; he is so intuitive. It has taken me years to get to the point where I can teach and live with such an open heart and, even then, it is nowhere near how Javier is. As for Andrea, I will retell my story of our last interaction: The last time I spoke with Andrea Misse was during the 2011 Firenze Tango Festival, during the breaks in between the workshops or during the teacher dinners before the milongas. I was about to be a dad later that year and we spoke about that a bit. I remember her looking at me with those beautiful eyes of hers and she told me (in Spanish) “It’s all going to work out.” and whereas I might have heard that same sentence from other people many times in my life, when she said it, it was as though time stood still.

3. Marko and Maja
Stylish and elegant. I love these guys:

4. Neri Piliu and Yanina Quinones
I first met Neri and Yanina during the 2013 Firenze Festival and they did an amazing “tango show” choreography. Here they are showing their roots in “salon puro”:


5. Pepe di Gennaro and Adelma Rago
Improvisations are a funny thing: no matter how much you practice, the way to take a performance from “good” to “great” almost relies on the planets aligning (the partners feel good, the crowd has energy, etc etc). In this performance, all of that seemed to happen and Pepe and Adelma really nailed it, especially the walking that starts at 0:56.


6. Sebastian Misse y Andrea Reyero
Another beautiful and stylish couple and really nice people. I look forward to seeing them in Firenze 2016.

7. Carlitos y Noelia
Working on my dance with Carlitos this past summer helped me rediscover the beauty of “changes in dynamic”. Here is a beautiful interpretation of “La Tupungatina”.


BONUS:
Here is my contribution to the beauty of walking in tango:

Have copied this out in its entirety instead of just the link to article to keep these great videos for posterity - just in case this link breaks or disappears off the net over time.
You can see the original article here.

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One of my favourite Chicho & Juana performances...

posted Feb 4, 2015, 1:58 PM by Sophia de Lautour   [ updated Feb 4, 2015, 2:04 PM ]

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Chicho & Juana

I never get tired of watching this clip! Virtuosity and musicality to die for!



How do I love La Cumparsita? Let me count the ways...

posted Jan 6, 2015, 9:56 PM by Sophia de Lautour   [ updated Sep 2, 2017, 2:07 AM ]

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Melina and Claudio

In my post Has tango changed for the worse? - Part 1, I used two interpretations of La Cumparsita (probably the most famous and often played tango song ever) to illustrate different interpretations to the same song. The theme of the post was how style diversity was important to the vitality of tango as a dance form.

One display was by the iconic Juan Carlos Copes and Maria Nieves; the other was by Melina Brufman and Claudio Gonzalez. The post prompted my teaching partner Paul Wagner to share interpretations by Geraldine Rojas and Javier Rodriguez, and Lucia Mazer and Chicho Frumboli.

So I'm now counting four beautiful ways to love La Cumparista, but there are of course many more beautiful interpretations of this great song. 

Which one is your personal favourite?

Maria and Juan Carlos

Geraldine and Javier


Chicho and Juana

Melina and Claudio

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Noelia and Carlitos - "Milonga Querida"

posted Nov 11, 2014, 2:38 PM by Sophia de Lautour   [ updated Nov 11, 2014, 2:40 PM ]

Love the way this couple dances milonga...well, actually, i love the way they dance tango and vals too! 
Enjoy then dancing here to D'Arienzo's "Milonga Querida" sung by Aberto Echague...


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Noelia and Carlitos "No Vendra"

posted Nov 11, 2014, 2:29 PM by Sophia de Lautour   [ updated Nov 11, 2014, 2:29 PM ]

Always love this couples's style and musicality. Look at Noelia's footwork at 1:20!


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The 'gift' of having parents who are tango teachers

posted Nov 5, 2014, 11:03 PM by Sophia de Lautour   [ updated Jun 12, 2017, 8:27 PM ]

This video of a young boy dancing with his mother captured my attention...


Their display was filmed in 1991 at the Teatro Regio in Buenos Aires. The boy is Pablo Pugliese. His mother is Esther Pugliese. Esther and her husband Mingo were among the most influential figures in the contemporary history of Argentine tango. I remember taking classes with Pablo's father Mingo about ten years ago in Buenos Aires. This highly respected teaching duo taught an entire generation of social dancers. Further, many of today's internationally renowned tango professionals have at one stage been taught by Mingo and Esther.  

Pablo was born in Mar del Plata, Argentina and began learning Argentine Tango at the age of nine with his parents. He began performing professionally in Argentina when he was ten years old and, by the age of fifteen, had gone on to teach and perform  across the United States, Europe and Asia. He continues to teach and perform tango and is currently based in Montreal. 

So cutting forward 22 years - here's footage of Pablo with his dance and life partner Noel Strazza. Here they dance the vals Pedacito de Cielo ( Denver 2013).


Watching these videos made me think what a gift it was for Pablo to have parents who were tango teachers and how lucky he was to start learning tango so young!  

This naturally made me think of my own children. As some of you may know, my children (formerly known by many in the tango community as 'the tango twins') were also given the 'gift' of tango teaching parents... but they perhaps do not consider this a 'gift'. They are certainly in no way as fascinated by the dance as young Pablo was! 

I started teaching my children tango with some of their school friends when they were in year 5, at the request of their friends' parents. My children (at the risk of bragging) were clearly the best dancers and I would not attribute this to genetics or extra effort on their part or mine, but rather to the 'osmosis effect' - the result of having tango music playing in the background for the (then) ten years of their existence; and having watched their parents and countless adults dance tango.  

Who knows, maybe my children will be drawn to tango in their later years when they understand and appreciate the emotional and sensual nuances of tango, and how enjoyable it is to embrace the opposite sex! At this stage their passion is soccer (futbal) and I have to be content with watching them perform on the soccer field rather than the tango floor.

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 'the tango twins' in Glebe 2012

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Tango in small places...

posted Oct 13, 2014, 6:47 PM by Sophia de Lautour   [ updated Aug 22, 2017, 6:38 AM ]

Ever thought you didn't have enough room to tango? Too crowded the milonga? Too little space? Well then, watch this and be inspired!

Dancers are Ricardo Viqueira and Fish.
Location: Seoul Tango Festival - 6 Dec 2011

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Want to see some amazing tango?

posted Jul 24, 2014, 1:36 AM by Sophia de Lautour   [ updated Sep 2, 2014, 1:30 AM ]


This display by Mariela Sametband and Guillermo Barrionuevo is truly virtuosic!

They are one of my favourite tango couples. What I particularly like about Mariela and Guillermo's dancing is that they always seem to be able to bring something new and fresh to their performances. 

Enjoy!

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Just because it's World Cup...

posted Jun 15, 2014, 2:57 PM by Sophia de Lautour   [ updated Mar 20, 2015, 8:56 PM ]

                          image source: www.soccerbible.com

All the soccer fans of the world are enjoying FIFA frenzy right now, and I'm just about to watch Argentina play their first game in the World Cup in Brazil! 

If you're also passionate about both futbol (soccer) and tango you'll love this!  It's an Argentinian commercial which unites Argentina's two greatest passions - futbol and tango.


The commercial was conceived in 2010 as part of Argentina's campaign for the World Cup in South Africa. 

image source: www.toonpool.com

image source: http://lefunny.net


Chicho and Juana - milonga

posted May 25, 2014, 2:32 PM by Sophia de Lautour   [ updated Dec 9, 2014, 2:09 PM ]

Here's Mariano Chicho Frumboli and Juana Sepulveda milonga-ing at Viva La Pepa on 16/2/14. 

Song: 'Milonga del 900' 

Enjoy!




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