Our Advice for people new to Argentine Tango
- Tango is very diverse, everyone has his/her own way of dancing. Almost every genuine(!) tango maestro has his/her particular understanding on tango. Regardless of any difference in style, good dancers always dance to the music rather than focus on completing certain 'moves'. Their movements look elegant and/or pleasing to the eyes, they will make sure the embrace is comfortable for both parties and their balance are generally very good. Trust what you see and feel on the dance floor.
- For the leaders (usually but not exclusively boys), Argentine tango is more about feelings rather than 'steps' or 'moves'. Don't be embarrassed if you cannot do any of the complicated figures. Keep it simple, don't fall over, focus on the quality of the movement and dance to the music. Your followers would be very happy.
- For the followers (overwhelmingly girls with a few exceptions), trust you own feelings and ask the right question. A genuinely good leader can accommodate followers of any levels and abilities. You should be feeling comfortable and secure when dancing with them. If you don't feel good, it's always the man's fault in tango!!
- Here is a piece of advice exclusively for the ladies. Many men are simply too eager to teach the ladies on the dance floor!!! Ask these men 'Do you really able to dance the follower role?'. If he says 'Yes', tell them to do it for real but not just demonstrate the 'move' on his own. Genuinely good dancers are, of course, up to the challenge. Others would just fade away from your request. Stop listening to these so-called 'teachers'.