Leaders’ turn

After my last post on what not to as a follower, it would be remiss of me not to address leaders as well.

If you attend many different milongas you will notice varying degrees of floorcraft i.e. how you successfully navigate the floor while being conscious of the other dancers and the dance in general. You may be oblivious to this or you share my frustration with attending numerous milongas.

This is a good video outlining some of the problems leaders face:

Any other problems you can think of? Let us know in the comments below!

Tango Quote #3

Tango is danced closely. Sometimes even very close. It certainly looks very intimate. But not necessarily should be. Dancers, especially men, should not abuse the intimacy. A woman is a queen, and should be respected as such. For a man, it is most important to respect and protect, and even follow his partner… Gentlemen, it is not good to drag your partner, even if she is a beginner. YOU MUST FOLLOW YOUR PARTNER, EVEN IF SHE DANCES WRONG!!! Yes, leaders must follow. That is the greatest paradox of a good dancer – men are leaders, but they follow women. That is a woman who defines the style of dancing, distance, intimacy, speed, and rhythm. You do not agree? Then you will never be a good dancer with whom every woman would love to dance. This and only this defines who is the best dancer in Argentine Tango.

Igor Polk