New Book by Lidia Ferrari - Tips&Secrets for Dancing Tango. Lead&Follow

This book clearly and closely examines six indispensable techniques for dancing tango: posture, embrace, connection between partners, leading and following, improvisation, and musicality—those key things that differentiate tango from other dances. There are useful tips for dancers of any level, from absolute beginners to seasoned veterans. The text deeply explores contemporary tango at the basic level: as a dance where two embraced bodies improvise with their feet to the beat of the music. Here all the complexity and intimacy of the dance will be demystified, with suggestions on how to learn and advice for the leader and follower. We also discover how the therapeutic benefits of tango can contribute to personal well-being, and read about the history of the dance.

A product of Lidia Ferrari's two decades of experience teaching tango, this book will show you how "to begin and continue with the best available resources to advance into the delicious terrain of the dance of tango, which will never let you down."

Every dancer will find elements in this book that will deepen their understanding of tango and the culture that created and continues to sustain it—keys that cannot be seen in videos and that many teachers do not know or do not confess.

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Table of Contents - Tips & Secrets of Dancing Tango by Lidia Ferrari



By Lidia Ferrari
Based on the results my students have achieved I have been able to observe which are the most productive ways to learn tango, both in the quality of learning and in the time it takes. A subject as flexible and non-academic as dancing tango admits many possible ways of learning and teaching. We should never lose the unique experience of transmission from teacher to student.

Consistency with a Teacher
First, the variable of consistency is precious, even when it is not necessary.
Consistency with a teacher over time allows the teaching to be more fruitful, since one methodically acquires the tools with growing complexity (if the teacher’s didactic style is like this).
Since each teacher has their own method, personality, way of teaching, and theirown desire to transmit things, staying with one teacher avoids the chaotic confusion of learning from several at once.
Of course, this requires that you find the appropriate teacher. Perhaps beforehand you should search. Since students and teachers are different, there are certain didactic methods that work better for certain students. Some students may prefer more authoritative teachers, and some may need a teacher who observes and corrects their mistakes, but there are also students who do not like to be corrected because this wounds their pride. Once one has found a teacher, whether through references, trial and error, or through good luck, it is advisable to stick with them for a while.

Consistency Over Time
Consistency over times allows the student to constantly and gradually improve.
This can take weeks or months. But a certain consistency is necessary for a gradual, progressive evolution. Once one has acquired a certain level of dance, one can try other teachers and experiences.

Suggestions for Learning Tango at Different Levels

Beginners need the most help from a teacher, since acquiring a good foundation is the best way to begin dancing tango well. At first everything is important, since we have to understand the structure of the dance, acquire good posture, work on the embrace, and begin to learn this physical language (like a foreign language), so that we can begin to communicate with our partner and make a connection with the music. This is the most difficult moment, where we mostly clearly need concentration and hard work, since we do not yet possess the necessary tools to allow the dance to carry us away.
Another reason we need a teacher’s guidance is because when we practice without help, we run the risk of repeating mistakes, which are difficult to correct once they become habits. This is the moment where the guidance of a good teacher is most important.

(fragment of book: Lead & Follow: Tips & Secrets for Dancing TANGO by Lidia Ferrari)

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