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Who Should Choose?

This post is about Finnish social dances called ”lavatanssit”, but I am sure some argentine tango dancers will find it interesting as well. The traditional custom in these dances is that men invite women to dance, and that women should … Continue reading

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Masculinity in leading

I learned some very interesting things during a group class by Sergiy Podbolotnyy and Elena Sergienko on our yearly tango festival, Tango Frostbite. Their idea is that connection is formed when center of leader is connected with the center of … Continue reading

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On Natural Movement

English word ”aim” does not translate easily to Finnish. Expression ”direction towards a goal” comes close, but if you have processes where the ultimate goal is unattainable, how would you expess it? The direction towards natural movement is an example … Continue reading

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On Traditions

Everybody is of course familiar with the excellent Tango Cynic videos. I was reminded of this video when reading about traditions in completely different context. The same two sides repeat in all of such discussions with such accuracy that is … Continue reading

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On Roles

This is a third part of three part series. Previous parts were Love Languages of Dancing and Egoless Dancing. The traditional view of dancing is that the leader (typically man) should control everything in the dance. The progressive view is … Continue reading

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Egoless Dancing

In the previous post I wrote about different love languages of dancing, and how they relate to two views of tango, which I called traditional and progressive. This post is continuation on that theme, and you should read that post … Continue reading

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Love Languages of Dancing

Most discussions about leader and follower roles are mostly views from these two camps: Firstly, there are the traditionalists. There is a Finnish saying which can be roughly translated as “men lead and women whimper” which describes this mentality quite … Continue reading

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Why do I dance?

I have not felt like writing to this blog for a long time. My latest writings were rather cryptic, because I tried to write about subjects that I felt were taboos. I was not happy about the results, so I came … Continue reading

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Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, ou la Mort

According to Wikipedia, the title is the original formulation of the motto of the French revolution, which later became the motto of France. I believe understanding it actually helps us to overcome some common disagreements about tango! This motto does … Continue reading

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Richness of Tango

These are some often recurring tango discussions. One recurring discussion is about “active following” versus “passive following”. What people typically mean by these expressions is that in “active following” the leader gives an impulse to the follower, who then decides … Continue reading

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