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How many connections are there dancing Argentine tango?

How many connections are there dancing Argentine tango?

The reflection I would like to make with you today concerns the word and the concept of connection.

What do you think it means to be connected talking about Argentine tango?
 Usually we use the term connection to indicate a generic form of relationship... but reflecting I recognize different forms of connection.

1) Connection within our body
First of all, in order to be able to dance Argentine tango, whether I am leader or follower, I have to be able to put together all the parts of my body so that they all come back to my center. In other words, I must be able to create a healthy compactness that allows me to let the information flow without dispersing it.

2) Connection with the earth
Without rootedness we cannot dance, no matter what role we play, so we must be able to create a strong bond between our center and the earth that supports us.

3) Energy connection with the partner
The very first form of connection with our partner is energy. Each of us emanates energy and the subtlest form of relationship is generated at this level.

4) Visual connection with the partner
After perceiving our partner energetically I connect with him/her through my sight (obviously for those who have this sense as blind people can also dance tango). The eyesight, as I often say, is a very strong sense that, if used carefully, generates comfort and pleasure in dancing but if used badly creates immediate disconnection.

5) Body connection with partner
Body connection means listening through contact, beat after beat. Two-way listening obviously maintaining a high level of attention to the signals that the partner's body signals to us.

6) "Auditory" connection with the partner
Dancing tango, as I often say, means being perpetually in three: leader, follower and music. If you love geometry it's as if you created a triangle at the vertexes of which the above words are written: if it's equilateral it means that both leader and follower are taking care of both the partner and the music in a balanced way, if it's isosceles it means that either we are taking care of little of the music or little of the partner.

7) Connection with other couples
The Argentine tango is a social dance and so if we dance in milonga we have to take care of connecting with the other couples who occupy the dance floor. This means concretely recognizing the distances, the spaces and the type of "wave" that, at the precise moment we dance, the room offers us...Every night is different but it often changes during the evening and therefore a good connection between the couples makes the dance more pleasant for everyone.

If each one of us, leader or follower, could pay attention to all these forms of connection the dance, in my opinion, would certainly be more enjoyable, of relationship and everyone would benefit.

I don't know if I have forgotten other ways of connection... if you have other ways, that do not belong to the 7 types indicated, do not hesitate to tell me about them and I will be grateful!


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