Videos of the Maestros

Videos of the Maestros

Your brain is wired up to master movements from watching other people. These are your mirror neurons. Watch videos of the maestros. When you find someone you like, watch them over and over. Absorb how they move and then imagine their dance in your mind when you are dancing. I’ve done moves that I had no intention to do and had never tried or practiced, just because I had absorbed the gesture through watching.

There are so many great videos; I’ve just put a few favorites here to get you going. Below I’ve organized the videos into four sections: Leaders to watch, Followers to watch, Milonga, and Vals.

It’s great to watch demonstration videos that maestros allow students to shoot at the end of classes, because they tend to show lots of variations on an idea. Homer Ladas includes a little explanation along with the demo.

Leaders

Chicho

For how he goes to the ground and the economy of movement. The first two videos are my favorites in which he is dancing to new music. He also dances incredibly to very traditional music, so the third one is that.

Practica X 2009

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNdezMXlZgM

Bajofondo in Mantova 2008

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga1dUZm6lbc

Sunderland 2009

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDX1NS_4MFc

Pablo Villarraza

For flexibility of the body, use of contra rebotes, softness of leader’s free leg.

Florianópolis 2007 class demo

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ccsAIEAwgE

Ostertango 2009 class demo
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=u44vqyN-abM

NYC 2007 class demo

//www.tangoforge.com/videos/Pablo_Dana_NYFEST07_Working_off_axis.m4v

NYC 2007 performance

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-LOEpFlXJg

Sitges 2008 performance

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxAQjxHsds0

Pulpo

soft hip ultra wrapping

Pennsylvania 2006 class demo

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIVU5ZfD2H4

Luis Bianchi

for colgadas

Krakow 2007 class demo

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LE1pswthCE

Pablo Rodriguez

(with Natasha Lewinger) for suspension

Milonga 10, 2011

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtQj8SYNM38

Followers

Dana Frigoli

for strength of the base and relaxation of the free leg

Salon Canning 2007

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ovk7GU1rV4c

NYC 2007 class demo

//www.tangoforge.com/videos/Pablo_Dana_NYFEST07_Gancho_Boleo.m4v

Eugenia Parrilla

for happiness and how she uses her head

Practica X, 2008

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2aM8ThGYok

Juana Sepulveda

(if Chicho’s dancing with her, she must be doing something right)

Practica X 2009

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNdezMXlZgM

Ariadna Naveira

Mantova 2009

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFRYt1DfCak

Milonga

Horacio Godoy y Cecilia Garcia, Brussels Tango Festival 2008

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LlQw2Mtggc

Oliver Kolker & Silvina, Chicago 2008

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqjOlV-_b9A

Sebastian Arce y Mariana Montes, Sardegna 2009

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyfNa1lCh4k

Vals

Ariadna Naveira y Fernando Sanchez, Bologna 2011

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nx7XlJN5O00

Chicho y Juana, Amsterdam 2009

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fMTR94pg-I

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