About La Academia
Tango, at its origin, was tango de salón (ballroom tango), and it is still danced in this type of venue. This tango is focused on the passion with the partner you are dancing with, an awareness of floor space and a special combination of steps and figures. Tango de salón is danced for one’s own pleasure and enjoyment, not for showing off. The tango taught at La Academia allows students to dance socially, using a universal code of signs, which are unmistakable and simple. This code allows one to establish a dialogue in the “body to body” stance. As with every code, it has a message: a feeling, which is conveyed via a transmitter and a receiver – the man and the woman.
This learning method is based on relaxing, accepting error, learning through error and good breathing. The following system forms a continuous circuit, with each element reinforcing the other. While it evolves it helps relocate one’s own body axis and get a different perspective of one’s own identity.
Acceptance of error -> Breathing -> Relaxing -> Focus -> Balance -> Self-esteem -> Efficiency -> Acceptance of error
Instead of worrying, I can focus fully and I don’t become anxious thinking about how much longer the process will take. I simply realize what I can achieve, regardless of how important it may be. I’ll handle the next step as it comes.
Tango is easy. It just requires effort and training. Muscular memory is very active, but it works differently from intellectual memory, since there is a difference between brain intelligence and body intelligence.
Repetition speeds up the process. No one is hopeless; everybody can dance. Teachers and dancers weren’t born knowing how to dance; they followed the same path and had the same problems beginners are having today.
Tango doesn’t have a finishing line. It’s an endless road, one that we look forward to enjoying. Creativity and motion are part of the essence of human beings. Our body releases energy if we let it: If the mind isn’t struggling, the body is set free. The bond between body and mind ends the struggle. Without this bond, we cannot control our body. This technique helps accomplish in only two years part of the experience that ballroom dancers develop over thirty years.
Sometimes we feel stuck and observe others who are moving forward faster.
Overcoming this frustration is being able to understand that like in everything else we try to master, learning means going through periods of attention, forgetfulness, fixation, forgetfulness and finally definitive incorporation. Sometimes we think that “Tango isn’t for me”, and sometimes we think that tango is the best thing that could ever have happened to us.