Ahem, this might ruffle a few feathers, but it just has to be said.
We hear a lot about the importance of ‘The Tango Walk’ (‘TTW’). Many lessons start with exercises explaining nuances of TTW according to the latest flavour. This video is the latest example that I’ve seen; it is explained well and clearly, and professionally filmed.
TTW uses strong energy from the leaders core to create powerful travelling energy for the couple, with the follower extending their legs beyond their natural stride. The thing is (and it’s a BIG thing) that you’ll never walk like that at a Milonga.
Encouraging people to use powerful and extended forward strides is quite simply a recipe for disaster. Just look at how much space the couple are using.
Yes, there are elements that are important Tango dancing technique, but trying to perfect your TTW is a waste of time, as you’ll never get to use that technique unless one day you end up dancing on stage, or teaching Tango to people who don’t know better. If you use TTW at a popular Milonga you’re going to crash and collide with a lot of other dancers. Quite simply, it is dangerous and anti-social so it beats me why anyone would teach this to people who want to be able to dance at popular milongas with limited space.
But then I’ve never understood the appeal of cheese & onion crisps, either.[Exits, stage right, with long, purposeful strides……]