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1. Refusing to surrender
For two people to dance as one coherent body, one of them must take the lead and the other must follow. Otherwise the two will be conflicting with each other and impossible to reach oneness and harmony. The woman must overcome her ego, surrender to the man and follow his lead. Novice women often have a strong ego and refuse to surrender, just like a young bride still so accustomed to her single status that she needs some adjustment before becoming a qualified wife. It is often more comfortable dancing with a married woman than with an unmarried girl, because the latter is still too self-centric. For a woman, learning tango is much more than learning steps; it is also learning to surrender and be one with the man. Women who focus on themselves and do not surrender cannot dance tango well. 

2. Leaning backward
A woman not surrendering often tries to keep a distance from the man by leaning
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As a drop in the ocean of human civilization, tango reveals both its beauty and its pollution. The problems in tango are not the problems of tango alone, but those our civilization is facing as well.

Just like how we see tango affects how we dance it, how we perceive ourselves affects how we behave. In the course of human evolution of the past millions of years, mankind has gradually separated itself from the beast. The distinction between man and animal can be summed up in one word: humanity. Our understanding of humanity has reached maturity in the Renaissance of 14th–17th centuries. Contrast to the twisted and demeaned image of man in today's arts, his beauty, dignity and nobility were the dominant themes of the Renaissance. The consequent sublimation of human spirit formed a powerful force, which eventually led to the rejection of all forms of bondage, oppression and violation of human liberty, the establishment of democracy, the discharge of
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(2020-08-11 23:38)
Someone asks me to compare Euro-American tango and BA tango. Though a short essay cannot cover such a big topic, I am willing to make an observation from one perspective.

Those who see tango as a skill often think that once they mastered the skill they mastered the dance. Such people often disrespect the culture, ignore the codes, pay no attention to the conducts, overlook the relationships, care little about other people's feelings, regard others as rivals, are indifferent or even hostile to others, not surrendering themselves in the dance, and focusing only on personal performance. This kind of attitude and behaviors are more visible in Europe and North America where there is a strong standing of individualism, which is incompatible with tango. 

Tango is not a solo dance, it takes two to tango. Not only so, tango is not a show dance performed by a fixed couple only, but a social dance that involves a large group of p
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Various body parts, including the head, the arms and hands, the torso, the hips, and the legs, play different roles in tango. Dancers need to understand the function of each body part and properly allocate the attention in order to use the body correctly in a controlled and coordinate fashion in the dance. Incorrect use of the body parts is a common problem in tango.

In close embrace, the woman may rest her head on the man's temple, cheek or chin depending on her height. It's fine if she chooses not to do that, but if she does, then the touch of the head must be gentle and comfortable. Some women use their head to prop against the man's head in order to avoid the chest contact. Beginners tend to draw support from the head when they are in action. Such practices reflect a misunderstanding of the function of the head. The touch of the head is a sign of intimacy and must be very gentle. Dancers need to dissociate the head from the body and not use it agai
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One hundred years ago when immigration to Argentina was at the peak, the gender ratio in Buenos Aires was five men to one woman. In other words, fifty men would compete for dancing with ten women in a typical milonga. The situation was so unfavorable to men that most men did not even have the guts to invite women. They would only spy at a distance and wait for women to nod at them, only then dared they venture to dance with the goddesses. That was the origin of cabeceo. Before a man was able to dance with a woman for the first time, he had to spend years to practice with other guys and did not dare to try for real until he had completely grasped the craft. He had to be extremely careful with the woman in the dance also, fearing to lose the favor of the goddess if she felt slightest discomfort. Men's cherish and respect for women has sin
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The body produces continuous lilt due to alternate weight changes from one foot to the other. The lilt can be enhanced by accelerating the motion of the body. This technique is called cadencia. Dancing with cadencia feels like fish in the water is driven by the waves or baby in the cradle is swayed back and forth, which is a cozy feeling for both but especially for the woman, as she is the one nestling in his arms and enjoying the ride.

Cadencia is usually done diagonally to one side of the man and then to the other side of the man alternately. After each swing the woman needs to swivel her hips to allow the man to swing her in the reversed direction. Therefore cadencia and dissociation often go hand in hand. The sequence is like this: He swings her torso sideways to bring her leg to swing to one side of him. As that leg lands on the floor she transfers weight to it and instantaneously pivots and swivels her hips 180 degree. He then swings her torso to
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Dancing tango is not just stepping on the beats of whatever songs played - that perhaps is how disco is danced, but not tango. Dancing tango is dancing the feelings of the music. This dance, created by early immigrants to Argentina, contains the homesickness and nostalgia of its creators and reflects their thirst for love and longing for a better life. Good tango music is very sentimental, which is a notable feature of classic tango. Modern rock bands with electronically amplified instruments might be able to create a more majestic sound, but they could not replicate the lingering sentiment of the classic tango. That is not only because electronic instruments are short on expressing the mood of tango, but also because the contemporary rockers lack the experiences of the early European immigrants. Classic tango is a product of that particular era. The environment of its mass production has ceased to exist in modern times. But, the human feelings expressed in classic tango are unive
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Tango only happens when both partners are immersed in the music and find the connection between them. There cannot be tango between two beginners who do not listen to the music, are emotionally detached, physically disconnected, focus only on themselves or the steps, and are unable to communicate what they feel. They dance like two individuals bickering and disagreeing with each other. In contrast, mature dancers are mutually committed and emotionally connected. They focus on the music, which stirs up their emotions and enables them to identify with each other's feelings and find the connection. As a result, they dance like two soulmates in perfect understanding and agreement. This agreement is what makes tango intoxicating.

What we look for in tango is the affinity and harmony between the partners. A good tango partner does not have to be good-looking, but he/she must be a good match to you so dancing with him/her makes you feel the chemistry. Novice
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Unity of content and form is an important proposition in tango. Tango is created out of a human need. From that need comes beauty, which then results in a tendency to deviate from the need and only pursue beauty, hence the alienation of tango. The admiration for beauty is not an unjustifiable one, without which there would not be art. But, in the pursuit of art it is easy to forget that in the end beauty cannot stand alone and must serve the content. A watch that cannot run properly is not a good watch, though it may look exquisite. A selfish woman is not a good wife, though she may look beautiful. It is same with tango. You may invent fancy steps, but without the essence of tango it is not a good tango.

People new to tango tend to focus on the look and neglect the feelings, just like those who are not worldly-wise tend to use external standards to measure success. Warren Buffett said, 'The truth is, when you come to my age you will understand, success
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(2020-07-13 00:01)
As an intimate dance involving intense physical contact and emotional exchanges, tango can affect dancers deeply on many levels, thus should not be taken lightly. The enjoyment of tango relies not only on dance skills but also on the relationship of the dancers and the environment of the milonga impacted by each and every participant's conducts. With the development of tango, codes of conduct have also been established and become an important part of tango. Learning these codes and mastering the proper way to behave and treat each other in the milongas is an essential part of a dancer's education. The following are things you must know when you go to a milonga.


Part One: Preparation and Seating

1. Personal hygiene
Tango involves close bodily contact between the dancers, therefore personal hygiene is important. You need to take a shower, wash hair, brush teeth and change cloth befor
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