Hi, I’m Tom. Ever since I started learning Tango Argentino I’ve always felt that the process of teaching and learning tango through dancing lessons, practicas and milongas could be made more efficient. I noticed that the teaching of fixed steps by copying a teacher is imported from studio dancing forms like Ballroom, Jazz and Street Latin.
Over the years I’ve also been exposed to different approaches to teaching and learning in movement disciplines such as the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method, Contact Improvisation and Body-Mind Centering. I’ve also studied cognitive psychology and educational theories which offer further interesting perspectives on teaching and learning. I have also invested more time in learning about the history, music and culture of Argentine Tango.
These ideas have influenced my own approach to the practice of tango. However, when I started trying to teach tango, like everyone else, I fell back on the standard approach of teaching rigid patterns. Seeing that the results were as always disappointing I asked myself whether it is possible to learn tango more naturally without the roundabout way of practicing fixed patterns.
I came to believe that focusing on the embrace, walking and music provides for a more direct process as an alternative to the more standard model in dancing classes of memorising set patterns. The question then is: if we don’t learn set patterns, what should we study?
The answer that I arrived at was quite surprising: the things that people study in tango lessons actually prevent them from dancing well by forcing them into rigid and mechanial movement. Therefore, what we want to study instead is how to free up our natural movement through improvisation and movement exploration.
On this site you will find my hacks for learning the skills and concepts key to mastering Tango Estilo Milonguero which is characterised by an unchanging close embrace and constant connection at the heart. This approach to dancing tango is natural, improvised and allows the dancers to express the feeling and emotion of classic tango music.