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How to practice without a partner (for leaders)

posted Aug 14, 2017, 9:35 PM by Sophia de Lautour   [ updated Aug 15, 2017, 9:51 PM ]


The dancer in this video certainly has a novel dance partner!  But it's not just a 'party trick'. I  once knew a dancer who practiced his tango for many hours with two sticks in the absence of, and as a supplement to, a female practice partner. 

Practicing one's walk can be done solo, and in fact it's very useful to practice walking on your own, as well as with a partner. But a leader also needs to develop a very good understanding of  the geometry of the follower's moves in relation to his own. The broomsticks can help with this.

There are limitations with this practice - the obvious one being that, unlike a piece of wood, a tango dancer's upper and lower body frequently twists and disassociates. This can't be replicated by a piece of wood that only moves as one block! 

However, if  a leader lacks a practice partner to work on this, teaming up with a pair of broom sticks is definitely better than nothing! 

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