La Academia objectives

The original tango is that of the dance hall, where it is still danced. This tango has to do with a passion that is awakened in the couple, with a particular use of space and with a special combination of beats. The tango of the dance hall is danced for one’s own delight, not for show. 

The tango that is taught in La Academia enables us to dance socially, with the use of a simple, unmistakable, and universal code of signals. This code permits us to establish a ‘body to body’ dialogue.  Like with any code there is a message: sentiment, a transmitter and a receiver – the man and the woman. 

This method of learning is based on relaxation, acceptance of errors, the knowledge thus gained and good breathing.

The following cycle feeds back upon itself, and in its evolution sees us relocate the body’s axis and establish a different consciousness of our own identity. 

Acceptance of the error –> Breathing –> Relaxation –> Concentration –> Equilibrium –> Self-esteem –> Efficiency –> Acceptance of the error

The method assuages our worries about dancing well or better, and stimulates an attitude of ‘here and now’.  By not worrying we occupy ourselves fully and avoid the anxiety of ‘there’s so much still to learn’ and we are happy with our achievements, at whatever level they may be. The next step simply comes to us, ‘when the time is right’. 

Tango is easy.  It requires desire and training.  Muscular memory is very active, but has a different dynamic to intellectual memory, because of the difference between cerebral intelligence and corporal intelligence. Repetition accelerates knowledge.  Nobody has ‘two left feet’; we can all dance.  Teachers and performers were not ‘born dancers’ they travelled the same path and had the same difficulties as those of us learning today. The tango does not have a ceiling, only a path, which we aspire to enjoy. 

Creativity and movement are human traits. Given ‘permission', the body releases energy.  If the mind does not create pressure, the body frees itself.  This alliance between body and mind breaks down our barriers.  Without this alliance, the body is a no-man’s-land. Technique and method help us condense in two years some of the experience that elderly milongueros developed in thirty.

At times we feel that we’ve come to a standstill; that everyone else advances more quickly. To surpass this frustration is to understand that, like all learning, this process passes through periods of attention, oversight, obsession, oversight and at last final incorporation. 

At times we feel that ‘the tango is not for me’.  And at other times, that the tango is the best thing that could have happened to me.

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