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Do you agree with the Bill Crosby Approach to learning tango?

we don't really need much technique because tango is based on movements that are natural and intuitive to the body. (terpsi) Now, this may be true when you are walking forwards in flat shoes, but walking backwards in high heels is most certainly *not* a common or intuitive action. (terpsi) But it's not just "doing what comes naturally". It's a language that needs to be learned. Technique is a shortcut to learning it in the same way as playing scales will help you with the piano or learning grammar will help you master a new language. (terpsi) Most adult learners need structures, they need analysis, they need technical guidelines -- or, at least, their learning will be much more efficient with them. Moving is natural. Moving to music is natural. Embracing is natural. We can harness and use our natural relationship with those things when learning to dance tango. But dancing tango is not natural, it's a learned application of certain natural impulses and ways of moving. It's about choosing some and discarding others. We have to chisel at the rock to get to the sculpture within. Speaking, listening and communicating are also natural. (terpsi)


If we relied on natural abilities alone and not give technique classes a go, we would most likely end up looking like Bill Cosby trying to tap dance: (Monica Camara )


 video shared by Monica Camara 

Jorge Vulej Walking and embrace are, separately, two natural activities, but walking while embraced with another person are not! And then we can add doing this with elegance, musicality, expressing the emotions of the music, etc. And now about the non-natural elements of "acceptable" Argentine Tango dancing: the dissociation between the lower and upper body, keeping my own frame and creating a common frame and axis with my partner, pivoting without loosing balance, leading with my upper body and not with my arms, etc. etc. etc. If we use the "Language" metaphor I would say that dancing Tango without knowing technique will be like enjoying a good book written in Morse code.

Kris Tengo Teng How the bloody cow can anyone call an enrosque or a dissociated pivot natural? 

Shmuel Ur I am not sure that the problem is analyzed correctly. Both my martial art instructors and my Tango instructor told me to just walk naturally. Observing them, they do not walk naturally. I think after many years of practicing they forgot what walking naturally means... So they may mean it when they say walk naturally, but what they should say is walk the same way I am walking


Linda Doerksen Tango may -start- with walking, but have you seen "natural" posture? So many people have hunched shoulders, swayed back, shuffling walk... Then add another person, in an embrace, and it's awkward, clumsy, even painful. We need to learn what we didn't learn as children... and that will be a different style of learning. Not much "natural" about it.

Andrew Gauld IAnd, for people who have put in their hours, its easy to mis-remember what it was like in the beginning. It's easy for them to convince themselves that they always walked that way.But take a few master classes or privates with good instructors in a couple of different dance styles, and you'll likely discover, quite quickly, just how many different "natural" ways there are to walk. Or save some money: sit on a park bench and look at the various "natural" walks used by the people passing by.

Irina Anissimova I'd say in some places walking WAS natural 20 years ago. When I look at people who come to beginner classes in my corner of the world, I cannot decide who has more trouble walking - 50+ people who spent the last 30 years sitting at their desks or 20-somethings who grew up sitting in front of TV's & computers. Inactivity has made natural movements pretty difficult.

Tango Brian I thought every tango leader walked down the street in a series of grapevines and enrosques...?