The usual way
I like very much reading and discussing your comments. We often don’t have this opportunity in a milonga setting. So… some time ago, a friend of mine commented on a post about tango being just fun with a short extract from Danny el Flaco. I already discussed the difference that emotion can bring to our dance when we allow it to enter our brief conversation in a tanda.
In this post, I want to focus on the way we learn Tango. Usually, we are impressed by the shows… we go to a school and start learning steps, sequences, techniques, etc. Then, some of us who are lucky to encounter an inspiring teacher, start to get more into the music. If we are lucky and willing enough, we start getting even deeper into learning about stories, history, orchestras, etc. What is actually hidden behind the music… what was the inspiration? There we discover the biggest secret of Tango. The emotion. The missing link… the heart in what Dany el Flaco mentions.
A new suggestion
A lot of people are getting lost in this process and either lose interest, stop caring, start caring for the wrong superficial stuff, etc. Now imagine if there was a way… a teacher… a mentor… a school… something that would approach teaching tango differently. What if instead of learning to walk first you learned about the song you are walking on… its story… its orchestra… its lyrics… etc. Then after analyzing and finding the emotions that it creates in you… you simply start walking on it.
Things would get complicated the more you progress… every time a new orchestra… a new era… a new voice… whatever. How many people would get lost in their path in discovering the hidden treasure of Tango? Wouldn’t that way make more sense and give a bit more of a purpose to our Tango journeys? In many lessons in Universities, you have a theoretical and a practical part of it. Why not in Tango too? Would this make it more boring and uninteresting or exactly the opposite?
Tonight’s Goodnight Tango
Tonight’s Goodnight Tango is a song that we certainly encountered early in our tango journeys. How many of us learned what this song refers to? Why is it named like that?… when was it written?… what was the orchestra like at this time? If you knew that this song is named after the place where DiSarli was born and raised… transferring the feeling of the sea… the sense of the ocean waves hitting the shore… and that it was recorded during the last years of his life… almost like he was trying to get back to his childhood memories just before the end. Wouldn’t that change even at the slightest our very first steps in Tango?
How about you? What do you think about the way Tango is often taught today? Would learning more about the music help? Would it send people away quicker? How would it affect the end result… the dancers that would come out of it? Let me know with a comment below, an email, or a PM on Facebook… oh… and if you liked it… don’t forget to share it with your friends.