Dancing with Presence
Dance opens us to a loving alignment with all creation. We move in response to the ever shifting, ever spinning motion of the cosmos. Our being resonates in consort with the divine Presence that brings life and form to all. And as we move we enliven and co-create with all that is in our energetic sphere. We never act in isolation and we are never alone.
Join Aydan Dunnigan-Vickruck in this exploration of myth-making as we seek ecstatic connections between movement and music, flesh and spirit, dance and relationships.
The thrumming begins.
Music saturates the spheres -
to the key of B minor, so physicists say -
the invitation to dance emanating from deep within Creation's womb.
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What makes for a memorable tango dance, something you take home with you and warms your heart for a day or two after, maybe even gives you some insights into the subtleties of relationships?
Tango is about feeling and sensitivity, otherwise you are just doing gymnastics. You can do all the steps but it has to have the feeling and sensitivity of authentic tango.” — Carlos Gavito
This is how we dance in Buenos Aires, in the small clubs, where the lights are dim and the floor is crowded and you are dancing with a stranger. There you do not care how it looks. No one is watching.
You care how it feels. Feeling is more important than form, than fancy steps. You go with the feel of the music, the flow of the floor, the warmth of your partner’s body against yours. This is milonguero. This is tango.
An excellent list of practices to keep in mind when dancing tango. The goal is always to make this a pleasurable experience for yourself and partner. Compiled by Ilona Milonguera with input from other instructors in the Toronto area and beyond.