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Posts By Veronica Toumanova

Why leading and following actually work

February 5, 2017 | 1

Did you ever ask yourself how it is possible for two people to coordinate their movements to tango music so precisely as to practically become one constantly shape-shifting entity? Have you ever watched a particularly skillful tango performance and been … Read More

Why tango teachers ask you to imagine things

September 29, 2016 |

Think about the last tango class you went to. There is a fair chance that at some point the teacher said: “Now, imagine that…”, followed by a mental image. Maybe it was directly related to tango culture (“imagine wearing a … Read More

Why tango dancers lose interest in improving their skill

March 22, 2016 | 1

Dancing tango starts with learning it. Tango is not a dance of free expression, it has a complex vocabulary and a rather sophisticated technique. It is a skill that needs to be perfected over time. We all have heard stories … Read More

Why we believe technique kills emotion

January 29, 2016 |

There exists a belief that focusing too much on technique will put you at risk of becoming an emotionally detached dancer. In tango, this is a very serious risk. If saying about someone “this dancer is not very accomplished technically, … Read More

Why your dance does not look good despite all the practicing

September 15, 2015 |

Once, in a class, a woman asked me: “How can I dance beautifully?” It would have been easier for me to tell her right there how to be happy or what is the meaning of life. Beauty in dance is … Read More

New book “Why Tango” by Veronica Toumanova

September 15, 2015 |

This month Veronica Toumanova has released a new book “Why Tango – Essays on learning, dancing and living tango argentino“.

If you are interested in Argentine tango you know that, as Veronica writes in one of her essays, “Tango, no … Read More

Why musicality is hard to teach, but not impossible

June 1, 2015 | 1

One of the most difficult topics for teachers as well as for students is musicality. It is fairly easy to explain musical theory, the rhythmical structure of a tango song, how to identify the strong beat, follow the melody, recognise … Read More

Why most advice you get about your dancing is wrong

February 2, 2015 |

Sometimes a student would tell me during a class: “You know, a dancer I danced with recently told me…” and then follows some kind of feedback, criticism or advice. For followers some recurring examples are: “You are too heavy, be … Read More