I will call the foundational movement awareness training for tango the ABCD Method which stands for:
A – alignment
B – back release
C – coordination
D – direction
Our practice begins with alignment. This includes our posture and an expanded chest. These exercises provide an easy way to bring awareness to the body and the correct alignment.
The spine is at the centre of the body and it provides the central path for the coordination of movement. These exercises explore the range of motion that the spine allow between the head and shoulders at one and of the pine, and the pelvis and legs at the other end. This exploration fecilitates releasing and lengthening of the spine and further facilitates awareness of good alignment.
Good alignment facilitates efficient and coordinated movement. These exercises help us to develop an awareness of the coordination between the upper and the lower body.
In dancing we want to develop the ability to clearly communicate the direction of the movement. These exercises help us to develop the awareness of initiating and communicating the direction of movement in a coordinated way.