Zen Tango Seminar

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New Delhi Tango Festival


           26, 27, 28  - 2016

Day 1 - Zen and Tango  *(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWNJ6YBywZs)

Ikebana as a metaphor….Essentialness, Simplicity, Elegance, Power

“making the simple complicated is normal...making the complicated awesomely simple is creativity"

Breathing and Visualization in Tango

  • powerful technique to help us become better dancers
  • what you visualize becomes reality
  • the power of breath…”if you breathe well, you will live long”. Sanskrit Proverb

 Being in the present...dancing in the present moment

  • Concentrate on a precise point on the forefoot

              ….here we seek perfect balance

          ...”there is no future, there is no past”

The physiological aspects of body movement

  • it is in the human DNA
  • learning body movement...an instinctive survival mechanism
  • we are already dancers inside….

The therapeutic power in rhythmic body movement (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuFjzXMpRhY)

Perfect Balance

  • perfect balance on the outside and inside *(psychological….serenity, self assuredness)
  • renders power and flexibility in dance - Like the weather vane of a house

The Basic Step - Interpreting the music

Dancing The Stillness - (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OA0GWaiO9c)

Create colors as you dance - the dance floor is the canvas...your body

is the brush…the color comes from the soul (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-ITajvIaZI)

Day 2 - The Power of The Tango Walk *(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtwPLzlTLYo)

Changing of Weight

  • the leg that sustains the weight is in the present
  • the free leg, totally relaxed, moves first with maximum extension
  • then we move the torso - perpendicular: clean movement, essential…always seeking that magical perfect balance

The Tango Embrace - a defined and secure structure

  • tight and secure
  • in the present moment
  • united with the soul of your dance partner…”the soul of your dance partner is your shadow”

The hand Clasp -

“Your soft hand is a woman of itself and mine the man’s bared

breast she curls inside” *(Robert Browning, 1846)

Walking - *(The Powerful Use of Empty Space)

  • body perpendicular….essential...simple...transparent...
  • with each step we seek the pause….” the pause is magical...feel the scent of life”

The Tango Walk With Your Partner  (consciousness raising !)

  • Comprised of two important elements...the pause and the present

“In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities….in the expert’s there are few”

  • With a tight and secure embrace
  • you lead with the proper psychological attitude….like actors on stage...the script says, “you are a tango dancer and you don’t doubt it”
  • you must enter into role and character of being a tango dancer
  • you lead by listening to the music..by immersing you soul in the music…in the present


Learning to give without expecting anything in return…

”The Key To Real Love” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZDo6fED4lk)


The power of dance to increase self esteem

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication“

Relaxed and a rigid structure are both present in the same moment

  • Heraclitus (495 BC) - ”all existing entities are characterized by pairs of contrary properties"

Exercises to increase awareness of your partner

”Possibility In Immobility”....Interpreting the music through delicious pauses….

Understanding your partner...listening to your partner (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSqwVYyrNwA)

Overcoming fear and doubt

Dancing in Milonga.A Spiritual Exercise (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idhp4eIZsc8)

  • above all we teach people  to dance in a manner which is  essential, transparent, powerful

  • the essential steps and figures necessary to dance in a milonga…

  • practical suggestions for having success in a milonga...Proper Etiquette

How to ask someone to dance….how to accept...how to refuse...proper conduct….how to dress...how to overcome doubt...how to attain self confidence...how to be successful in a milonga

 Full Details on Festival - http://www.delhimilonga.com/delhi-tango-festival