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The True Maestros

posted Jun 8, 2017, 1:47 AM by Malevos Tango   [ updated Aug 14, 2017, 10:41 PM ]
In love with tango, we are all tango students in our whole life, learn the tango endlessly. Therefore, how to choose a teacher or how to follow the teacher has become an important issue. I think, dancing well is just the most basic thing to a tango professor. One should be a good dancer first before he or she starts to teach. If one teacher is not able to dance like what they say, how do students learn? It's like a language teacher can't pronounce well... If I need to imagine how to do the movement, it might be better and easier that just watch some videos of good dancers to cultivate a good taste of tango. 

A good teacher dances well that people want to watch and watch it again, and again. He/she dance and perform with those techniques that they show you in the classes. A good tango teacher should be strict in a class, they do not please the students for business but has no hesitated to be applause while the students doing well. Good teachers should have systematic teaching, starting from the most fundamentals, cultivating and developing students' physical abilities, and gradually guiding and allowing students to have the greatest freedom students within the Tango framework. The framework could be like: when dance to "Di Sarli", the dance fit to "Di Sarli". Not whatever they know, nor what fancy steps for showing off.

The greatest dancers stand as the greatest dancers, walk as the greatest dancers from the first second the music playing. At the moment, you know they who not just great dancers but the true maestros can help to build your tango up much higher and much farther.
Good teachers should help students build the "sense of aesthetic".

Not everyone can distinguish the differences between "good" and "ordinary" if lacking experience or good observations; no mention those part of the inner charm, which can't be quantified. Thus, in the beginning of learning dance, it may not be necessary that one person just tries to copy or follow the steps or sequences of choreographies but to accumulate the sense of beauty.

With the instructor's guide in class, understand how to appreciate the beauty of the action and principles, establish a good foundation for the long term tango study career.

One might not become a great dancer or performer coz the personal physical restrictions, but it is possible that keep improving via the sense of aesthetic built up during the early stage of learning. Check the yesterday's yourself, today's, and tomorrow keep adjust, evolute, and re-evolute, even beyond the critical point of your own body limit which you thought it exists.

Then, you would never dance in any ugly way but dance in your own way nicely (instead of just the teacher’s way). And people see, dance with you and tell you, "Hey, I like "your" dance." -- That is what a good teacher shall lead you to; that shall be how you choose a teacher.