Oct 272017

I went to study with Pablo and Dana because they promised precise technique.

I left for the same reason.

Afterwards, I worked with Sebastian Arrua and we agreed that the DNI technique was at times too detailed and must be distilled. I embarked on this project, seeking to refine what I had learned there.

Within a few years I realized that many of their concepts were vague and hallucinatory. No one could figure out what we meant by “push the floor”. I embarked on what would be a 5 year journey to anatomical precision. Now I describe tango action by motion of joints and contraction of muscles.

The distillation project took the form of seeking a compact toolbox of technical concepts which could be used to explain the constitutive technique in any movement, and resolve any disfunctional one. The contents of the toolbox changed a few times, but they remain:

  • Arch of Connection
  • Intention/Projection
  • The mechanism and process of transfer of weight
  • Power/Co-contraction
  • Changes of Embrace

TangoForge biomechanics is the consistent and honest use of these tools, and refinement when necessary. Our biomechanics courses train dancers to have awareness and control of their bodies so they can execute any movement. We learn the terms of motion for the major joints of the body so that we can communicate instructions in the most clear and direct way possible. We train key muscles with isolation exercises and then learn their correct application in the dance. We use anatomical terminology to precisely specify tango’s unique techniques for building shared balance, communicating direction, and moving as one with the partner.

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photo by Vikas Narula, photo editing by TC

To show you how we teach, we invite you to try a typical week's classes.

We start with a Biomechanics class to build the technique skills we need for the week's Improvisation theme.

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 27 October 2017