Integrating Technique: A Natural Approach

Recently, while assisting another teacher in a beginning tango class, the students I was working with were trying close embrace for the first time. The teacher prompted them to find a comfortable hug, then gradually introduced variations to make the embrace work for tango. Both of the students I was working with started with a very comfortable […] Read more…

The Right Way to Teach a Styling Class

Most of us remember the first dancer who inspired us to want to express ourselves through the form of dance, who awakened us to the possibilities for communication and expression that dancing promises. When I started learning salsa, my first partner dance, I remember very vividly the first salsera I looked up to. Her name was Katya. Every dance form […] Read more…

Mickey Mousing: Too Much Musicality?

Tango Immigrant’s recent post, Musicality: Description or Empathy?, reminded me of some thoughts I’ve been wanting to share in the ongoing debate about Mickey Mousing and musicality. Mickey Mousing, Tango Immigrant reminds us, means “mimicking the music while dancing, but in a superficial and automatised way.” In Simba Tango’s 2010 post on the topic, she describes how the term Mickey Mousing […] Read more…

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