Slow but confident ?

I’ve always been into subtleties and surprises. It is if of no surprise then that I normally enjoy more dancing with followers that enjoy the pauses and musically driven movements in our share of tile. I take great pleasure in finding how honest and real the connection is, how much both of us are in sync. I’m a fan of less is more. Lately, I’ve been finding that I must lack the ability to transmit confidence and serenity to my followers. They often ask me what they should have done or they should do while I am pausing. Some have even confessed that sometimes they feel awkward because they’re afraid of not being able to follow what I am trying to lead. In reality, I’m just pausing for a bit.

That has got me thinking for a while. Either I am not dancing with followers that enjoy some pausing or slower movements – which are notoriously harder because they actually require both dancers to have good balance and grounding – or I am lacking the skills to convey confidence and the feeling of just enjoying the pause or slower movement. I believe it’s more of the latter and I have been trying to find how I can improve it. A lot of it is a mental mindset. Some friends tell me I can lead them much better after the Denver festival, noticing an improved sense of confidence and certainty in the movements. That, though, is not enough to convey calm and serenity in slower movements and pauses. I know practice will help but does anyone have insights on this?

Here’s a video of two dancers I admire. A while ago I took a milonga workshop with them. Clearly above what I danced then, it was nevertheless useful. They are dancing an exquisitely slow dance that looks (to me) beautiful. Enjoy it!

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  1. I am looking forward to the day when we can meet on the dance floor!

    My thoughts on slow movement and pauses: I need my leader to continue conveying something to me, even if we are not taking steps. Projecting energy, breathing in, suspending … these are all things that tell me to pause with him (and not just worry that I’m missing a lead into something else). You have to keep dancing even when you aren’t moving. A similar thing happens with slow movements, where you can’t just let the energy drop – you need to sustain energy and intention as you move slowly through a step.

  2. Hi mt!

    I’m going to think about what you said: “keep dancing even when you aren’t moving”…

    thanks! 🙂

  3. Hi tango padawan:

    I remember when I asked Rodolfo Dinzel how he thought tango differed from other dances. His reply was very curious, “Tango is the only dance in which stillness is a move”.

    Don’t forget of a tool which we, leaders tend to ignore so often – breathing. It helps wuite a lot on pauses!

  4. Tango Padawan

    Thanks koolricky, that’s a nice insight 🙂

  5. Thanks for this video. That’s incredible! Their foots are amazing!

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