Monday, June 30, 2014

Event with little black book Delhi

Yesterday there was an event organized by Little Black Book Delhi. It was done in Delhi Rock. The event had rock climbing, Tango and organic food. It was so very well attended by enthusiast crowd. Some of the pictures below are taken from little black book.

I am in a different zone when I am teaching Tango. Look at my expression below.

Friday, June 27, 2014

How do dancers keep themselves fit

The dancers have a lean and toned bodies. But every dancer has to supplement it with the right exercise  and diet to remain in shape, keep fit and be flexible. The dancers do cardio, yoga and pilates to keep fit. So many dance moves are originated from yoga postures. They need strength and flexibility and of course agility. A dancer cannot afford to be in a bad shape. These days few workouts stem from dance based exercises like zumba, bhangra aerobics, dancercise etc.
For diet, they  must have right amount of proteins for the muscles, calcium for the bones, have magnesium and Vitamins for the absorption of calcium. Specially Vitamin D (from the sun). The fat intake has to be low and carbohydrates minimum. Dancers need to avoid junk food. They need to have very healthy and nutritional diets

Do's and don'ts- For dancers, it is important that they do not get injured. Neither while dancing nor while working out. They must warm up properly to go into deeper stretches to prevent the muscle injury. They must wear the right shoes and attire. Their diet should be good. They should get sufficient rest. A dancer has to take care of his/her body like a temple.  They should also keep themselves hydrated.

Milonga in Sitges tango festival 2014

Milonga in Sitges Tango festival 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Tango practice on your own

Tango is a very difficult dance to learn. Most of the times, people give the excuse that they do not have a partner to practice. When I was learning from my teacher, Daniel Trenner, he made me very independent. I was taking privates and doing apprenticeship as a Tango teacher. Daniel did not partner me from day one. He told me that I had to learn on my own and then he would dance with me. I was given two sticks. He also had a name for those sticks. They were my partners. I had to lead them and follow them. The drill initially felt so cruel. But today I thank him. It made me self sufficient to practice and dance on my own. It made me confident to face the cruel tango world.
This is how you can and should practice
  1.  As a warm up, put nice tango music and do your basic exercises- walk forward and back, ochos, etc.
  2. Now bring in more technique- Disassociation, contra body movement, pivot, etc.
  3. Listen to a song and carefully apply what you have learnt- both the leaders part and the followers- one by one.
   4. Watch some videos on the same song and see how someone else ha interpreted the same musicality.
   5. Start all over again.

It is very important that you understand both the leader’s and the follower’s role. I just wrote that there is a “cruel tango world”. Why I said that, is because tango is a social dance, you tend to seek other’s approval about your technique. You practice so hard. Invest so much but rarely you are told that you are so good. Specially if you a beginner or a new comer, who is new to this cruel world, you are judged and sometimes pulled down. You come back from a milonga feeling frustrated. But let me tell you, here rarely you will be complimented and told how good you are (specially in your home country amongst the folks you know and dance with). Art of living has taught me- Do not be a football of other people’s opinions. So stop getting demotivated. Yes, you do not have a partner. Yes, tango is very difficult dance. Yes, you are not an Argentine. Yes, the small community never has a word of praise for you. But once you have practiced your technique on your own, worked on your musicality, the foundation is rock solid. You will step on the dance floor with confidence and will shine. Other people’s opinions will stop effecting and bothering you. You will set your own standards of perfection. You will get less hurt. You will have less need for acceptance and approval.

Start thinking and operating like Howard Roark from Fountainhead. Have unshakable belief. Persistence, perseverance and dedication will pay.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Milonga in Delhi Rock on 24th June. 2015

This is our weekly milonga in Delhi. It happens every Tuesday. It is called milonga de mis amores.
On some Tuesdays we skip it if we do not have enough confirmations. Delhi has small tango community and the milonga happens when we have enough confirmations.