5 Beginning Tips For Tango

5 Beginning Tips For Tango

Dancing lessons are a great way for kids in to learn coordination, cooperation, and how to have a good time in a social setting.  Knowing how to tango might not come up every day in their adult lives, but it can come in handy on some of the most important days of their lives.  However, everyone has to start somewhere, and your kids will have to master the basics before they can move on to more advanced skills.  These basics can apply to any dancing style, and they can even become life lessons your kids can apply throughout their lives.

Listen To The Music

Every orchestra and performer adds their own personality to the music.  Two groups could perform the exact same piece but play it so differently that it carries a new meaning.  If you can pay attention to that meaning and change your dance to go along with it, you’ll be able to feel that meaning in a deeper place.

Dance With The Crowd

In the movies, the main couple gets a spotlight and the rest of the dancers back away to let them perform.  That doesn’t happen on regular dance floors unless you’re in a competition, so an essential rule for everyone who tangos is to respect the other dancers and move with the crowd so that everyone can have fun.

Dance Like No One’s Watching

Unless you’re in one of those competitions, there’s only one reason to dance:  so you and your partner can have fun.  If that means performing a showy move and you’re confident you can pull it off, then go ahead.  Otherwise, don’t feel like you have to impress anyone when you’re on the dance floor.

Embrace The Intimacy

If your kids aren’t comfortable with an intimate dance, there are styles like line dancing and breakdancing where the performers don’t have to get too close to each other.  However, tango is a very intimate style and that intimacy is part of the point.  The best moments of tango come when you’re comfortable with an intimate partner and let that connection guide you.

Personalize Your Style

Every person has strengths and weaknesses.  That’s just as true about tango as it is about life in general.  Your child will be better at some aspects of tango than others, and while it’s good to work on weaknesses you should also encourage them to build on their strengths.

Tango is about having fun on the dance floor, but it offers much more than just that.  When your child learns to tango they also learn how to work with a partner so closely that just a touch will get both moving in the same direction, how to do their own thing without bumping into anyone else in a crowd, and how to connect with music on a deep level.  Tango might not be a practical skill, but kids who learn the above lessons can use them for the rest of their lives.

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