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    If you receive a 503 error, nothing is broken. There is just too much traffic at some point along the route between you and here. I find that waiting 3-5 minutes and then reloading is adequate. Any other errors, please bring to my attention. 
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These courses are designed to increase your body control and readiness so that you can dance with confidence.

For best results, please spend at least 20 minutes on each exercise and repeat each session before continuing to the next one.

You have the option to download a pdf of the text instructions for any lesson. The button for this is at the bottom of the sidebar on the right.

We use the name ‘Mark’ for the leader and ‘Revel’ for the follower. Here’s why.

We use the term ‘base leg’ for the leg that is in contact with the floor and supporting your weight and ‘free leg’ to refer to the leg that is not supporting weight and is thereby free to move. We’ll also use the terms: ‘external rotation’, ‘internal rotation’, ‘flex’, and ‘extend’.

You can read details about any of these biomechanics or any unfamiliar terms in the KnowledgeBase, which is included with your course. (You can navigate there any time by clicking the icon in the sidebar.)

If you feel something is missing or unclear, you can use the chat icon at the bottom right of every page to ask questions




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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