The history of tango is fascinating, and knowing that much has changed from the time when tango began, I was wondering if there's a gallery, or an archive, or just individual photos I should look at to give a better sense of what it was like. Film recommendations would also be nice. Thanks!!
I’m not talking about the performance style videos, but rather I recently discovered tangostudent on YouTube and also TangoForge, and those have been the most helpful I’ve found so far. Also those simple howcast videos when I was a bit newer have helped me as well. Following the various tango hashtags on Instagram have also allowed me to see different patterns/styles too.
Are there any video series (that are free) that really helped out your tango skills?
I’m still a beginner so perhaps this question is a bit silly, but is there a move as lead that’s your bread and butter that you really enjoy leading? Or as a follower it’s your favorite figure when someone leads it really well?
I used to do lindy for a bit, and in that dance pulling off a really good swingout (and it’s variations) was the best feeling.
For tango so far, I just really enjoy a good walk + embrace (hence why this question can be silly). Although I just learned sacadas and the turning nature of that if you string them (similar to swingouts) are quickly becoming a favorite of mine.
My legs are killing me. I guess I should fly next time (ba-dum-bump!).
I asked a few weeks ago if anyone else was planning to attend and had no responses so I was taking notes for this short report with suggestions. There were 12 of us from our local western German community, organized by a Portuguese woman who now lives in our area.
First up, if you're planning to go next year and would like nice accommodations? Book early. The entire area around the Lisbon Opera House, within walking distance, was booked solid. My guess is that there were over 1000 active dancers around at various times.
The organizers themselves were great. Friendly and organized to the point that you could sign up for workshops and Milongas online and make payment online too. They had signs up giving directions to all the venues and lists of names of workshop participants, and they even had people checking names. You could pick up your Milonga entrance tickets on arrival and they had lists for all that too. All of them spoke English fluently. Most could speak at least Spanish as well, and Italian and French was reasonably common.
Workshops (all of them 90 minutes long) started in the early afternoons and the quality of the teaching skills was bit variable, and a certain arrogance started to show up at the Advanced level classes. To give them credit they had some fairly large classes and didn't have time to give 1-on-1 instruction to everyone. Also, at that level a lot of dancers come with some baggage from former teachers and as one instructor said, "Tango doesn't have a book!". There are no rules.
Still, it seemed a bit rude at times and I heard a few people muttering that. The last workshops of the day started around 5:30pm.
There were two milongas most days, the early one starting typically at 5pm, and then a late night Milonga/show typically starting at 11pm until very late (or early depending on how you see these things). During the late Miionga there was live music concert dancing most evenings as well as show dances from the professionals that you were welcome to film.
Otherwise, I've got to say I haven't seen such poor dance floor etiquette in a long time. Even the main ballroom was packed! Holding your line and "direction of the dance" seems to be a foreign concept to some gentlemen. Also, "take your talking off the dance floor please". At one point in an afternoon milonga we had five couples form a semi-circle around a guy who was talking with his partner and he still didn't get it until one of us tapped him on the shoulder. Ok, that's rude too, but the music is playing so please move...
The last thing I would like share is a highlight that I had no idea would happen. My wife and I have taken part in two workshops led by Carlos Perez and his wife Rosa, when they travel through Europe. I think I've watched every video I can find that feature them and there are a couple of documentaries floating around too. As you can imagine, Sebastian Jimenez plays a part of their recent history, so I've been watching his video performances too.
It was a real treat to watch Joana and Sebastian give a live performance, and yes he does that toe stand move. Now imagine my mind being blown when those two show up to teach an Intermediate Vals Sequencing workshop that we had signed up for, not knowing who the teaching couple would be.
In summary, not all good, but not all that bad either because every time you learn something is a good time, and we got a nice surprise.