Well, technically, yes. This wasn’t meant to be a “gotcha” headline so let me explain. When it comes to learning Argentine Tango, Strictly Tango NYC has some of the best dancers and instructors in the US. There is also an amazing community of people to learn from when dancing in the classes, or at the practica that the teachers host after class. With that being said, it doesn’t matter how amazing the teachers are, just like most things in life, you will only get out of it what you put in to it. This means you have to practice.
For most of us who can’t make it to class more than a couple times a week, it can become frustrating that we aren’t becoming as fabulous as we want as quickly as we want. I see those dancers at Milongas, gliding around the dance floor and flirting with the music with each step. I see them and think : “AHH they look so darn cool!!” I wish I had the time to devote every day to the art of dancing Tango. but alas, I do not. This brings me back to my original point. Do you really need two to Tango? Well, not to practice you don’t.
Going to Strictly Tango NYC twice a week will give you the foundation and guidance to be able to practice by yourself at home everyday. Take what you have learned and integrate in into parts of your daily routine. Here are a list of the top 5 ways that you can practice at home and that you do not need a partner for.
- Paso Basico- In the grocery store. The long isles are perfect for trailing down and practicing the basic step while picking out tomorrows lunch.
- Ochos- The subway! Why do you think they put those poles on each car. They aren’t just to hold on to they are for practicing Tango.
- Balance- A very simple but important one. I practice my balance while I’m brushing my teeth standing on one foot at a time. Ladies if you are feeling up to it, throw on those heels and practice balancing.
- Molinete – Can be practiced at home with a chair. I usually do this when I have put a kettle of water on to boil. I do a few Molinte around a chair in the kitchen until the water boils.
- Musicality- Listen to music at home in your car on your phone. Listening to music and feeling the pulse of the different types of tango music will help you put all those steps together and make it a dance.