Tango Quotes & Insights by TangoILONA 2012


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Collection of quotes and ideas used in my Tango Classes. Feedback is welcome & appreciated! tangoilona@gmail.com

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Tango Quotes & Insights by TangoILONA 2012

  1. 1. Tango Insights“Tango must feel great for both partners.” Tango ILONA http://tangoilona.goglepages.com TangoILONA@gmail.com
  2. 2. “Perfect Harmony!” The goal of Tango is Perfect Harmonywith partner and with music! TangoILONA@gmail.com
  3. 3. Bio: Tango ILONA•  Dancing since age of 5 – ballet, modern, jazz, ballroom, etc•  Dancing Tango since 2001•  Studied Tango with 100+ teachers in Argentina & worldwide•  Performing & Teaching since 2004•  Tango tourist: Danced in 16 countries and 44+ cities•  Music training - classical piano 10 years•  Day Job – University Professor & Technology Consultant TangoILONA@gmail.com 3
  4. 4. Tango is a Language•  “Tango is a non-verbal intuitive language that cuts through barriers of nationality, age, social boundaries and backgrounds.” TangoILONA@gmail.com 4
  5. 5. Tango is Magic•  “A feeling that is danced.”•  “A secret danced between two people.”•  “A walking embrace.”•  “Its not in the feet, its in the heart!”•  “Its about the connection with your partner and the expression of feelings rather than about the choreography.” TangoILONA@gmail.com 5
  6. 6. Historical Tango Quotes"Let us read and let us dance - twoamusements that will never do anyharm to the world." Voltaire 1694-1778“Tango is the most profound dance inthe history of humanity.” Waldo Frank,1889-1967 TangoILONA@gmail.com 6
  7. 7. Inspirational Tango Quotes“Tango is a Journey not a Destination.” Alicia Pons“Tango Begins when Movement Ends…” Carlos Gavito“When you Master Tango you Master Life!” Oscar Casas TangoILONA@gmail.com 7
  8. 8. Cautious Tango Quotes"Beginners want to dance like intermediates; intermediateswant to dance like advanced dancers; advanced dancerswant to dance like the greats; but the greats always goback to basics.”"You know what we call dancers who do a big finish onthe last note? Tourists." Kelly Posadas“There will never be a step, sequence, or trick in tango thatwill come close to matching the power of the embrace.”Ney Melo TangoILONA@gmail.com 8
  9. 9. Good Dancer Quotes"A good tango dancer is someone who has rhythm andwho has a good musical ear. He also has respect for thewoman; to know what to do at the right time with the rightpartner. He adapts himself to the woman. He makesher feel that she is the best dancer. He dances forher." Pablo Veron TangoILONA@gmail.com 9
  10. 10. Warning Tango Quote"Warning: tango contains highlyaddictive ingredients, such as pain,pleasure, passion, excitement,connection, freedom, torment, and bliss.In seven out of ten cases it takesover a persons life." Naomi Hotta TangoILONA@gmail.com 10
  11. 11. Feeling Tango Quote“I think those who say that you can’ttango if you are not Argentine aremistaken. Tango was immigrant music...so it does not have a nationality...It’s only passport is feeling.”Carlos Gavito TangoILONA@gmail.com 11
  12. 12. Tango Advice“My advice is - walk, walk… always in themusic, walk and practice to be yourselfand not a copy of anybody else.”Ricardo Vidort TangoILONA@gmail.com 12
  13. 13. Tango for Good Health•  Dancing reduces your chances of dementia by 76%, especially social dancing with different partners. Stanford & Harvard Research•  Hugs & physical contact are important for reduced stress & improved health TangoILONA@gmail.com 13
  14. 14. “Tango fills your soul!” “Salsa is like Aerobics. Tango is like Yoga, except Yoga clears your mind and Tango fills your soul.” Ricardo Vidort, 1929 - 2006 Milongero, Teacher, Gentleman Buenos Aires, Argentina TangoILONA@gmail.com 14
  15. 15. Tango Math1+1=1 TangoILONA@gmail.com 15
  16. 16. TANGO CONNECTIONS Music   Partner   Vocabulary   Surroundings   Self   Prepared  February  2011  by   TangoILONA@gmail.com   Inspired  by  Murat  Erdemsel  
  17. 17. TangoILONA@gmail.com 17
  18. 18. Ten Golden Rules for Tango Dancing TangoILONA@gmail.com Feb 2011Ten Golden Rules for Tango Leaders Ten Golden Rules for Tango Followers- by Tango ILONA von Toronto, Feb 2011 - by Tango ILONA von Toronto, Feb 20111.  Delight your partner - Remember you are dancing 1.  Delight your partner - Remember your partner is not to amuse yourself, or to show off, but to delight trying to delight you, enjoy & allow this to happen. your partner. 2.  Magic Dance – Cherish each dance. Dance each2.  Magic Dance – Cherish each dance & your partner. dance as if it is your last dance ever! Dance each dance as if it is your last dance ever! 3.  Relax & Don’t Stress - If you are stressed your3.  Relax & Don’t Stress - If you are stressed your partner will not enjoy the dance. Let your brain rest. partner will not enjoy the dance. If you perspire, your Allow yourself to be led. partner will not notice if the dance is great! 4.  Don’t Over Do It - The goal is to stay connected to4.  Don’t Over Do It - The goal is to stay connected to the partner and music at each second of the dance. the partner and music at each second of the dance. 5.  Stay Controlled – Your balance and technique are5.  Stay Controlled – Dance at the level of your partner, your job. Train to improve your technique so you do not push beyond this comfort level, the goal is to can keep up your side of the dance. please her not stress her. 6.  Less Is More – Adornments should be used6.  Less Is More – No one ever complained that some sparingly. Less is better. Too much is amateur and complex move was missing. They complain when interferes with the lead. your showy tricks flop! 7.  Effortless for Leader – Allow your leader to guide7.  Effortless for Follower – Allow your follower to you effortlessly. Move yourself, don’t wait to be enter a trance, do not disturb her flow until the end of moved like a sack of potatoes. the song. 8.  Follow Your Leader – Make your contribution to the8.  Follow Your Follower – Allow her to contribute to dance gentry and without interrupting. It is a polite the dance. It is a conversation not a puppet show. conversation.9.  Push The Limits – musically, emotionally, 9.  Push The Limits – musically, technically, expressively, and not physically by using force! emotionally, expressively, not forcefully!10.  More Great Dances – Dance with different ladies, 10.  More Great Dances Avoid bad dances. Encourage but avoid bad dancers. Encourage those who try to those who try to learn. Refuse to dance with bad & learn, but don’t teach at the milonga. Follow these pushy dancers who try to teach you at the milonga. rules to become the darling of followers, and enjoy Follow these rules and enjoy many great dances! many great dances!