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Tango Zen: Walking Dance Meditation

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Chan Park

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Would you like to meditate while dancing Tango? Yes, Buddha can teach you to dance Tango through Zen. You might ask, “How does Tango have anything to do with Zen?”

TangoZen is an innovative yet natural way of meditating while dancing Tango. Referring to striking similarities between the two, this book will introduce methods through which Tango dancers and non-dancers can practice TangoZen to experience and enjoy the wonderful benefits, which both Tango and Zen have to offer.

Everybody knows meditation is a good thing. For example, Zen meditation, if practiced properly, can create balance, calmness, groundedness, centering, and harmony in mind and body. However, it is difficult to meditate for many reasons. Meditation is mainly practiced while sitting with legs crossed to support and ground one’s body. Unfortunately this sitting posture can create uncomfortable feelings and even pains before you benefit from the meditation practice. In addition, despite the importance of practicing meditation regularly, it can be difficult to stick to it with regularity due to the hectic life style we live every day.

Can one meditate while moving around instead of sitting down? Although it appears to be sedate and passive, Zen meditation can also be practiced in more active ways than the sitting posture. For example, walking meditation has been practiced among Buddhists since the Buddha himself practiced it. Other forms of Zen meditation in motion can also be found in sports and performing arts.

Tango is a walking dance—a special gift from Argentina to the world. Unlike the Tango images of sexy and provocative movements commonly featured in the media, Tango is a social dance that should be danced while walking. Of course, one embraces a partner and listens to music while walking. Tango dancing has the potential to positively affect various social, physical and emotional aspects of our existence. What is more, the effects and benefits of meditation are experienced and shared among avid Tango dancers.

The main goal of meditation is to discover and reconcile one’s own nature. To reach that goal, Zen teaches us to devote 100% of our attention to what we are doing Here Now. Tango is a dance of connection, uniting one and one’s partner while walking and listening to music—together. Tango can be fully enjoyed only if one completely surrenders to and connects with one’s partner, both physically and emotionally, while dancing. Therefore, once recognizing similarities and benefits of the two, one can truly unite and practice Tango and Zen. One can meditate while dancing Tango, experiencing deeper appreciation of physical, emotional, and even spiritual aspects of inner-self. That is, one can practice TangoZen: Walking Dance Meditation.

Tango, Tango, Tango. . .

Chan Park

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The Tango Scene. Swing in

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Sonia Abadi

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“El bazar de los abrazos”, written by Sonia Abadi, takes us through the world of dancing tango where men and women are the main characters of this universe of dreams and reality. Through its pages we travel to the milonga, “a permament emergency room for those who suffer the lack of tango, life and acquaintances”.
The book is an invitation for a trip around “that underground Buenos Aires social web”, a ride through the channels of “this hidden city, so asleep, awaken and sleepless”. It is about a series of chronicles that border with a tango sociology theory made up from the very swinging and swaying of tango, and “not from the cold and objective investigator’s point of view but from experience”. “Pure scence of life, everything is condensed in a small room in the milonga, and details are enhanced: characters, differences, social tensions, the men-women relationship”, the author says.
Different feelings come up as we go through the pages of this book that portrays the archetypical characters that dwell in this tango place impeccably accurately, with their codes, stories, feelings, secrets and tales. Through its lines, any reader will see themselves reflected in some of the characters’ profiles, which are, in fact, a picture of ourselves. Love and betrayal, passion and drama, realism and the grotesque fill these pages just as they do in tango or in real life.
Sonia Abadi invites her readers to this embrace “with the mischievousness of the milonga, the passion of the tango and the vertigo of the vals”, which like tango “it gives away the chance of a live gathering (…) and at the same time a place to experience an array of emotional, sensual and artistic feelings”.

“As knowledge key to the local dancing network in this city, this collection of descriptive pieces by a medical doctor/psychoanalysts seems like a psychoanalytical research into it’s hidden mysteries.” “.The result are these ‘milonga’ chronicles surely bringing up many a memory in old and new dancers, and arousing the curiosity of newcomers.”

Buenos Aires Herald, October 19, 2003

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Tango Awareness

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Mauricio Castro

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Learning to dance tango.
Looking and feeling great is only the beginning.
Find out how some dancers learn faster and better than others.

Understanding the solid principals of Tango Awareness will make your mind drift away into the comfort zone. Being yourself while you learn is easy.
As you read and slowly drift, you gain the power of understanding your unconscious. Propel yourself to the future of faster learning.

It is time to change to Tango Awareness.

  • Release who you are.
  • Express yourself through movement.
  • Open up to new possibilities.

You are in the future, looking back at yourself… Tango Awareness was the best decision you ever made.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mauricio Castro is a renowned dancer and teacher of Argentine Tango and the founder of Tango Discovery. He created and developed a personal style of dancing and teaching tango in Buenos Aires and then, through Tango Discovery, he brought it to the rest of the world.

To his solid musical education at the prestigious Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA), he added contemporary dance and movement technique studies (Laban Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals and The Skinner Releasing Technique, among others). In addition, he also studied Human Sciences in Neuro Linguistic Programming, Design Human Engineering and Human Ecology.
The joining of these disciplines and influences allowed him to create his particular and unmistakable style, systematizing it into an innovative method to accelerate the process of learning to dance.
Breaking out from rigid sequences, his focus is to develop improvisation skills through a simple and dynamic technique where students discover not only a relaxed and released style, but also a new way of expressing and communicating with their bodies.

The synthesis of his method, recognized worldwide by hundred of dancers, is available not only by attending his classes but also in his books and cutting-edge multimedia CD-ROMs, available in several languages.

“From the beginning, Castro insists that the tango may and should be for anyone, something so pleasurable and common like breathing”.
From a review of “Tango, The Structure of the Dance Vol. 1”. In the newspaper “La Nación” (10/07/2001). Argentina.

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Tango Passion and the Rules of the Game

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Margareta Westergård

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In this book, the strict rules, códigos, and behavioural patterns at the traditional milongas (dance halls) of Buenos Aires are described. They constitute a frame around the tango, which in its unique embrace, el abrazo, is danced here with more devotion and passion than in any other tango environment in the world. Interspersed with the running text are the author’s personal diary notes from her intensive tango dancing sessions in Buenos Aires during the first decade of the twenty-first century. These diary entries add immediacy, local colour, and capsule descriptions of the capricious life lived in these tango salons, where circumstances can produce both tears of disappointment and intense pleasure.Margareta Westergård is a sociologist, based at Bjärred, outside Malmö, at the southern tip of Sweden. She started studying tango in 1995 and began making trips to Buenos Aires in 2000. Since 2003, she has taught Argentine tango in the coastal town of Simrishamn in southern Sweden. Her published writings include Swedish translations of Sonia Abadi’s El bazar de los Abrazos, Milongan – omfamningarnas basar (2003) and Graciela H. López’s Secretos de una Milonguera, En tangodanserskas hemligheter (2005). Among Margareta’s previous writings are poetry and prose published in the anthologies Träffpunkt Balzác (1990), Skåne tur och retur (1993), and Timmar i Köpenhamn och Malmö (2009). Earlier in her career, she served as secretary general of Barnfonden (the Swedish branch of the Children’s Fund, in Malmö), as personnel manager at Bilia, a Volvo dealer in Malmö, and as a researcher both at the Institute for Social Research in Copenhagen, Denmark, and at the Department of Sociology at the University of East Africa in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.Extracts from the review of the Swedish version by Swedish Library Service:The author succeeds, largely through her diary notes, in mediating a strong and private picture of the dance culture of Buenos Aires. The passion for the dance and of the individual participants is visualized, as are the rules which frame the passion and govern the dance scene – the codes of the milonga.
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The book describes the author’s journey into a foreign culture, and may well be of interest not only to tango enthusiasts, but to a general readership.From the review in TangoNotiser of the Stockholm tango association Tango Norte:“Margareta Westergård pilots the reader into the borderland of inner experiences and the external form of the tango, especially the social codes at the milongas in Buenos Aires, to which she has made many journeys during the past decade.

The feeling of peeping into someone’s diary doesn’t become uncomfortable; on the contrary, one may expect more private confessions. But a balance is maintained, and the passion in this book is mainly directed to dance experience.

In the balance between rules and passion, she succeeds in being both objective and personal. This book belongs in every Swedish tango friend’s home, whether a commuting tango tourist or simply someone who wants to understand more about what tango really is.”

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New Glossary of Tango Dance

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Benzecry Sabá

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The New Glossary of Tango Dance is the result of a 10 years long thoughful research. Its first edition, published in 2004, was an outstanding success. Its demand all over the world made it be re-printed several times.

 

new glossary+DVDNew Glossary of Tango Dance. Key Tango Argentino dance terms + 1 DVD showing 285 Tango words and movements

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In this New Glossary of Tango Dance,   Benzecry Sabá sets out   with approximately 390  terms;  he  digs deeper  in  the description of Tango Styles and  adds  illustrative  pictures of significant  importance. He  has also included from the oldest to the  newest  expressions rooted  in Buenos  Aires that build up the vocabulary of the tango  dancer. He has also increased   the number  of  professionals that had been asked about different subjects.

This time the book is presented exclusively in English with a neat, reader-­friendly design.

Thus, this is a book that is useful both for teachers and students,  as well as for the versed dancers that had been able to witness   the world-­wide development of the dance that has been captivating the world ́s attention for over 150  years.

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I wanted to dance. Carlos Gavito: Life, passion and tango

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Ricardo Plazaola

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CARLOS EDUARDO GAVITO (4/27/1943 – 7/1/2005) was born in La Plata, Argentina. He spent his youth in the barrio of Avellaneda (to the south of Greater Buenos Aires) and the rest of his life circling the globe.

He traveled for more than forty years and visited more than ninety countries. He spoke English, Italian, French and Portuguese fluently and could make himself understood in German, Russian and Japanese. He was a universal man who took the tango from the barrio to the world.

He began dancing not too long after he started to walk, and then there was no stopping him: tango, rock, folklore, Latin rhythms, swing. On stage and off, there was no dance he didn’t try. Over the years, he searched for his own place in the dance world, and then his own tango: the absolutely unique style that brought him to fame.

In the mid 90s, after being out of Argentina for many years, he gained international renown with the company of Forever Tango and word got back to Buenos Aires. From then on, he was an important and imposing figure in the porteño milongas. Julio Fernández Baraibar, who wrote the prologue of the first Spanish edition of this book, said that any milonga that Gavito went to became “the milonga to attend,” and that when Gavito got up to dance, “the dance floor became transformed.”

Gavito8The life of this absolutely unique dancer (“the motionless dancer”) is a never-ending list of fascinating –if not astonishing– stories and surprising statistics. Some test the imagination: the number of times he traveled around the world, the number of women he embraced on the dance floor, the number of people that were deeply moved by the grace of his steps. And perhaps another statistic: the number of those people who, when they witnessed him dance, decided there and then that they too wanted to dance the tango.

Life cheated Gavito of the few more years he would have needed to achieve the vast recognition he fully deserved. But there are videos and books like this one that will ensure his place in tango paradise. Five years after Gavito’s death, this English translation of Ricardo Plazaola’s new Spanish edition coincides with the year that Argentina is entering into its tricentennial.

RICARDO PLAZAOLA (2/4/1951) had a successful career as a journalist. He began in the mid-70’s, working for the newspaper La Calle and then wrote for magazines such as Goles and Siete Días. He then worked for the newspapers Tiempo Argentino and Página 12 and wrote the news for Radio Mitre (that he directed for 12 years) and Canal 9. He teaches in the school of journalism TEA. On the radio, he directed the program Bailo Tango [I Dance Tango] dealing specifically with the world of the milongas. When he met Gavito, his admiration was immediate. Soon after came his affection for the dancer. One day, Gavito knew that he didn’t have much time left to relate his ideas and his adventures, and thought that Plazaola was the ideal person to listen to him and to understand him. This book is the result of long conversations (“insufficient, rushed”) that Plazaola had with him in the small apartment on Lima Street where Gavito took refuge at the end of his life.

KAREN SIMON is a Canadian-trained translator, with a Ph.D in French literature. She has taught translation at McGill and Concordia universities in Montreal, Quebec and has also been teaching Argentine tango since 1992. She met Carlos Gavito in 1996 and took classes with him for several years.

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TANGO – an anxious quest for freedom

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TANGO – an anxious quest for freedom

Gloria and Rodolfo Dinzel

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For the first time a literary work on tango dynamics attempts to dialogue about the technical and theoretical aspects of this dance, that is ¨porteña¨, and shows us to the world.

Gloria and Rodolfo Dinzel have investigated for years in an endeavour to contain the driving ideas of tango, and have come up with this synthesis. If the reader happens to be a tango dancer, he or she will be able to corroborate and raise awareness as to the internal processes that take part during his dancing performances. If the reader is not a tango dancer, this book will help understand why it has been said that tango is the deepest dance in the history of human kind.

It is far from the authors intention to teach any figures, sequences, or “choreographic” secrets through this book, but to fathom the depths of this wonderful dance, its history, and its expressive capacity, penetrating the anatomic attitudes and psychological postures of the individual dancer as well as of the couple, dealing in detail each topic in each different chapter.

The authors disclose the techniques that, as Rodolfo Dinzel states, make the amateur and the professional dancer observant of posture, gesture, air, attitude, character… of the overall manner that constitute tango-dance as opposed to simply moving to the rhythm of tango.

This new turn of the century sees tango widespread throughout the world; its figures and names, sequences and choreography are what we first and faster catch on. This is only tango’s form. But Argentineans and not-Argentineans alike know, as we step into the pleasure of this dance, how arduous to reach the appropriate manner is; as we also know that only through manner can we dance tango and inspiringly transmit its essence, each time the music plays and two dancers embrace into a tango couple.

Gloria and Rodolfo Dinzel travelled all the world around dancing tango as members of the company “Tango Argentino”, putting up performances as dancers and choreographers, one of such made Mikhail Baryshnikov say that tango “is a dance of indescribable beauty, with the finesse of ballet and the fire of flamenco.”

Tango, an anxious quest for freedom, first published Argentina in 1994, was translated to German and published in 1999. Gloria and Rodolfo Dinzel are also authors of The Dinzel System of Choreographic Notation, a work that covers over 3,600 tango figures, and they are presently devoted to teaching and to the study of improvisation, mechanics technique, and a theory to practice, all of these issues that await publication soon.

Press Release

“Rarely did a book, whose presentation did not promise much, move me so deeply.”
Claudia Tiemann,
Tangodanza magazine, Germany

“The Dinzels danced tango drawing the purest and finest aesthetic lines. Thus they awake the deepest feeling that nostalgia could make claim on.”
Clarin Newspaper, Buenos Aires

“The fleet-footed Dinzels dance as if the stage were burning.”
Jennifer Dunning,
The new York Times

“Tango as you´ve never seen before.”
Michael Kuchwara,
Associated Press

“And the Dinzels lacked nothing in fast-flying spiffiness.”
Los Angeles Times

“And how Gloria and Rodolfo Dinzel keep the tango from becoming a tangle during the intricate El Entrerriano is a mystery.”
Kyle Lawson,
The Phoenix Gazette

“The Dinzels display a different way to dance tango,… feeling in dance…in the words of Enrique Santos Discepolo. They dance tango in its differente styles, modern, arrabalero and cayengue, always supported by an excelent technique.”
Geral do Brasil

“Devislish dance, witchcraft music where haughtiness and passion rule. Tango marvelled the audience at the theater yesterday evening.”
Arts et Spectacles,
Quebec

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