Biomechanics

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.

I want you to know that you are not alone…

… neither in your dreams for tango nor in your frustrations.

My deepest desire is the same as all my students and friends … those who have yet to start dancing and those who dance a lot.

It’s partnership.

One thing I’ve learned on this quest, we need to:

Stop Waiting for Partners, and start Building them.

I’ve written a 10-step Action Plan.

Are you ready to find the Partners you want?

 

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2019 TangoForge

March 14-April 11, Thursdays: TRYST .Berlin

April 19-21 Rome NeoTango Marathon

May 3-5 Bologna Seminar

May 10-12 Frankfurt Seminar

July 5-7 South Sweden Seminar

September 7-9 Athens Seminar + NeoTango Marathon

October 18-20. Berlin Seminar, simultaneous with the Tangoloft Festivalito Farbenspiele with Tanguerilla Visual Poetry and DJ Elio Astor.