In Quebec we have a high record of adults going back to school. In Tango, the tendency seems to be reversed. Many dancers stop taking classes, often after 3 or 4 sessions. It is so important to continue to take classes, ll pros continue. In all walks of life be it painting, theatre, business, people take classes. Look at ballet dancers, they continue all throughout their career.
A century of Tango in 6 months?
Do you think that you can learn everything from a dance that has been brought into our cultural heritage by UNICEF? Do you think that a short trip to Buenos Aires will give you all you need to teach?
Malcolm Gladwell put up a hypothesis that said : to learn a new skill one needs 10,000 hours to master it. If you dance an average of 5 hours per week for the last 5 years, that makes 1300 hours. We are a nit far off the 10 000 mark no?
Homer Ladas of San Francisco had an interesting viewpoint. He envisioned a cycle of tango in 3 successive steps: : Student – Ego – Apathy. We go through these cycles several times, it is just a question of knowing where you are stuck.
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Keep in mind that if you are stuck at one level, other dancers continue to take classes and evolve, taking advantage of the richness of Tango in Montreal.
You think that some are snobbing you by not dancing? Could it be because they see no change in your dance? Perhaps they are pushing their limits, are you?