Geeks make good dancers


geeks make good dancers

I’m not a proper geek (I don’t code), but I’m fascinated by problem solving, and elegant solutions. And I like geeks. Smart is very sexy to me, as is enjoying the act of work.

Geekwork is delightful beause we solve problems by SYSTEMS-THINKING. There’s pleasure in learning and wielding a system, a logical structure. And it’s fascinating when we are dealing with overlapping systems whose logic in combination we have to sort out. The puzzle takes us to flow.

FLOW is a psychological state in which confidence and challenge are balanced just right – too little of either and you don’t get there. Flow is not some kind of hippy flowing along, or going with the flow. It is active, focused, work. We feel purposeful, effective, and engaged. There’s so much pleasure and satisfaction in this that we may lose track of other aspects of life – like the sense of time, or being hungry.

I dance Argentine Tango, which is so precise, serious, and technical that it compels dancers to flow. It’s not like other dances which are mostly about “hitting the beat”. Tango dance doesn’t have a musical structure, which means it can be applied to any music. Tango is just a movement language. There’s a vocabulary of 24 elements. Each element has permutations on a 6×6 array. And each permutation can be tweaked dynamically with range variables (speed, intensity, trajectory). Every leader improvises from his growing mastery of this language to express the music the way he hears it. So every leader dances differently.

The follower is the front-end. The movements of her body make visible the clever back-end design. For her, it’s delightful to experience the leader’s expression of the music, which is totally different than how another guy expressed the same song last week. Because she is committed to give full concentration to perceiving and manifesting each instruction, the leader feels encouraged to experiment and play.

Geeks tend to believe that they can’t dance. They’re dead wrong. The geeks I’ve trained have big advantages and learn tango much faster than other students. There are two reasons for this. First, their memory and analytic skills enable them to grasp and manipulate the language with ease. Their second advantage is that they tend to see their bodies as hardware. They see errors as just necessitating calibrating the CONTROL SYSTEM. Even athletes and professional dancers learn slower than geeks, because they use their bodies by muscle memory, visualisation, and brute force. This makes it difficult for them to master the very precise joint motions that make Argentine Tango possible.

But why would you want to dance? The big SECRET of tango is that if you are good at this, which you very likely will be, you will have your pick of the attractive and intelligent women of all ages who are attracted to tango because it’s safe, respectful, and interesting. Prove this to yourself by dropping in at any “milonga” in your town just to watch. You’ll see that the most of the men with whom the women obviously want to dance, are not necessarily young, fit, or handsome.

Women love to dance. You love music. Tango is a way to hack this situation to improve your life.

As a geek myself, what I love about tango is that I can have a really satisfying social experience without small talk. If I feel like drinking, chatting, or developing a romance, that’s always possible at a tango event. It’s also possible to go out alone, any night of the week, in any city of the world and feel a nice sense of connection with a diverse group of people, just enjoying smile, touch, music, and expression.



Getting Started

Are you ready to start dancing Argentine Tango?

Of course there are courses in almost every town where you can meet other beginners. In case you are a bit shy and you’d like to start training and learning first at home, we have a beginner’s package. It includes 10 practice sessions, a book to get you excited (print or e-book), and a home page here at TangoForge with all of our resources for new dancers as well as a forum to ask questions. The practice courses are also useful in case you get very busy or need to travel for work and can’t make it to class. They’ll give you a way to continue improving steadily with or without group class.


Begin Tango Package


Power is the courage, confidence, and competence to make things happen. I want to create in a way that’s incomparable and define my own compensation package. You too?

Syntax of Power is a raw, potent, and spare revelation of how I got to where I am and how I take on the struggle every day.

This book is not about tango, it’s about everything else.

It’s about stepping into the darkness of change, learning how to take care of yourself, and making things happen.

Dyv stands for Duro y Vio. We were inspired by a 2007 conference at Harvard University about tango as a transnational culture. Also we wanted to create something that would help people to imagine a queerer tango. We forbid ourselves to use the word ‘passion’ and instead tried to articulate the experience more precisely.

Argentine Tango is more than an elaborate and difficult dance, it is an international culture of intimacy, desire, and dignity. No mere romance or memoir, the intricately woven stories evoke tango’s true mysteries … the elation, the frustration, the compulsion…

We published the book in 2009. Dancers asked “how did you know what I was feeling?”

Silences in history. Silences by code. Silences of fear. You already know that Tango’s silences can be sublime and they can be devastating.

What I do in my blog is use myself as a lens – sometimes a microscope, sometimes a telescope. I try to be as honest with myself and you as words concede. Then I try to find a deeper meaning and imagine a pathway for us.

A blog post can be a fragment, a wisp of inspiration, an outline for thinking. A book must complete and reconcile it all. Now I drag the social scientist to the scene to enumerate the facts of the case, the mystery which brought both stardom and tragedy to my life.

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