from salsa to tango

Discussion in 'Tango Argentino' started by olamalam, Nov 28, 2016.

  1. olamalam

    olamalam New Member

    We started tango as a wife&husband activity in order to have a new hobby that we both haven't done before (I do salsa, she does ballroom).
    I feel like I ruin other girls intermediate classes (because I can't lead intermediate steps properly yet) , also I will learn bad habits since I haven't learn basics yet. so I don't wanna do Intermediate classes yet.
    She stopped doing beginner classes since she thinks these classes are easy for her.

    So at the end of the day we won't be able to do the same classes. Which was not the point! If we can't spend time together, I could continue my contemporary classes, she could continue ballroom
    competitions.

    This is how I dealt with it: I said I'll quit tango because its getting away from our initial purpose. Agreement is going back to basic classes :cool:
     
  2. Mladenac

    Mladenac Well-Known Member

    Do your classes independently and dance together at milonga
     
  3. olamalam

    olamalam New Member

    No, in that case I would rather go to gym or contemporary after work if we are not going to take the classes together.
     
  4. Mladenac

    Mladenac Well-Known Member

    Is she still going to intermediate class?
     
  5. olamalam

    olamalam New Member

    I dont think that she will until we reach intermediate level.
     
  6. Mladenac

    Mladenac Well-Known Member

    This doesn't smell good.
     
  7. dchester

    dchester Moderator Staff Member

    If one of the goals is for them to spend more time together, I don't see another solution. And there's more than likely some "beginner" stuff that his wife could benefit from. Fundamentals are always good to practice.
     
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  8. itwillhappen

    itwillhappen Active Member

    If we gently assume that she's right that the beginner class is boring, then is it quite simple:
    You talk with the teacher not to switch the partner in the intermediate class until you got some private lessons to catch up.
    And "bad habits" - if there should be some - get renamed to "individual style".
     
  9. Lilly_of_the_valley

    Lilly_of_the_valley Well-Known Member

    Keep in mind, that even when the spouses are on the same level, a tango class is not an easy breezy conjugal pass time. Far from it. :)
     
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  10. itwillhappen

    itwillhappen Active Member

    Astonishing - all my married class and workshop mates have been quite easy-care. ;)
     
  11. Lilly_of_the_valley

    Lilly_of_the_valley Well-Known Member

    That is true, they seldom present any problems for their classmates. :)
     
  12. olamalam

    olamalam New Member

    Yesterday we attended to the classes that we were supposed to attend. We learned something called giro (or jiro or hiro whatever). It was fun. And we both did it comfortably. Without sabotaging class of other people when we changed partners. It's a beginner stuff but I can't imagine building something on top of it without learning the giro itself.
    And we didn't do the next class which was advanced.
     
  13. newbie

    newbie Well-Known Member

    Makes sense. Sounds reasonable.
     
  14. Mladenac

    Mladenac Well-Known Member

    Manipulative behaviour :eek:
     
  15. dchester

    dchester Moderator Staff Member

    The Giro (A.K.A. Molinette, or Turn) is one of the fundamental moves / sequences in tango, along with walking (to include rock steps), the cross (cruzada), and ochos. Some also say that the boleo is a fundamental move, (although more the pivoting aspect, rather than the decoration the follower typically would do with it).

    When you can do (lead) all of these, to include going from any of them, to any of the others, you are no longer a beginner, and can dance at a milonga pretty much anywhere, (assuming you can lead them reasonably well).
     
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  16. Lilly_of_the_valley

    Lilly_of_the_valley Well-Known Member

    Good news about tango -- there are very few things you need to know. The dance mainly consists of fundamentals. Once you are familiar with the basics, you can go to a milonga and dance.
    Bad news -- it takes time to learn to do them well. For example, 10 years into it, I am still not happy with my giro. :)
    In tango it is a lot not about what you do, it is about how you do it.
     
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  17. Zoopsia59

    Zoopsia59 Well-Known Member

    I WAS happy with elements of my dancing... until I saw them on video...

    REBOOT!
     
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  18. Lilly_of_the_valley

    Lilly_of_the_valley Well-Known Member

    That is, by the way, why some of us chuckle when we hear that someone is "bored in a beginner's class". :)
     
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  19. Lilly_of_the_valley

    Lilly_of_the_valley Well-Known Member

    There is also plenty of what I am happy about, I have come a long way. It is just that I know I can do more, and better. :)
    That is, probably, another characteristic of Tango -- dancers are able to improve their dance constantly, significantly, and for many decades.
     
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  20. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    Salsa to tango????? Don't do it!!!! Jk;)
     

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