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Welcome to the Wisconsin Tango Blog page!

Started in 2013, this blog focuses on the non-technical side of Argentine Tango. We all know how enjoyable the dance can be, but it's full of challenges as well. In class, we focus mainly on technical aspects, such as leader/follower connection and how to do specific figures.

But that's only part of tango.

The mental/psychological side of tango, although not as tangible as learning steps, is just as important. And as a teacher, I don't often have the time to talk about this aspect of the dance during lessons. My hope is that this blog will be helpful in covering the less technical topics, and that they'll be a valuable resource you as you continue your personal tango journey.

This page will be updated regularly, and access to the complete blog can be found at: wisconsintango.wordpress.com.

Thanks for reading!


June 2017
Don't skip details (June 23, 2017)
A good turning exercise (June 20, 2017)
A good balancing exercise (June 19, 2017)
It's simple, but... (June 16, 2017)
When we don't connect - 5 things to keep in mind (June 11, 2017)
Nothing Stands Still (June 6, 2017)


May 2017
Effort vs Power (May 30, 2017)
About to mess up? Don't hold back (May 25, 2017)
Just go where it takes us (May 17, 2017)
Tango is not a hiding place (May 11, 2017)
Helping others learn: 3 things to keep in mind (May 5, 2017)


April 2017
The Search for Happiness is Misleading (April 28, 2017)
Dealing with the unexpected (April 27, 2017)
Without the music? (April 24, 2017)
A lot of people are ahead of us, and why that doesn't matter (April 19, 2017)
The more we achieve (April 13, 2017)
Control yourself (April 11, 2017)
Problems vs Worries (April 4, 2017)



March 2017
How do we focus mentally? (March 30, 2017)
On the Hook (March 27, 2017)
Tango Pet Peeves (March 23, 2017 - opens in new tab)
A Sense of Accomplishment (March 21, 2017)
Pick One (March 17, 2017)
Don't forget hard lessons (March 14, 2017)
You might feel this way at a milonga... (March 10, 2017 - opens in new tab)
Take the time (March 8, 2017)
A Good Walk (March 6, 2017)
Taking Control (March 2, 2017)


February 2017
Just out of reach (February 28, 2017)
A strong connection: 2 strategies on achieveing it (February 23, 2017)
Common insecurities of the "Good Dancer" (February 21, 2017)
A Strange Fear (February 16, 2017)
Moments of Perfection (February 13, 2017)
The last milonga at the Cardinal (February 8, 2017)
Feeling Intimidated? 4 helpful strategies to keep in mind (February 7, 2017)
Bad Cabaceos - Part 2 (February 3, 2017) - Post opens up in new page
Don't Overrule your Partner (February 2, 2017)


January 2017
Quiet people and passion (January 30, 2017)
Work Ethic isn't enough (January 26, 2017)
Don't get too Comfortable (January 24, 2017)
Sounds Familiar (January 19, 2017)
Overwhelmed? 3 ways to beat the panic (January 17, 2017)
Get Lost (January 12, 2017)
Your Learning (January 9, 2017)
The pace of learning (January 5, 2017)
Constant Excellence (January 3, 2017)
Looking Forward (January 1, 2017)


December 2016
Another Year of Tango has gone by! (December 31, 2016)
Everything connects with our fundamentals (December 28, 2016)
Question the step (December 27, 2016)
Practice the setup (December 22, 2016)
What kind of experienced dancer are you? (December 20, 2016)
The Last 10% (December 15, 2016)
Helping Beginners - 5 Little things that go a long way (December 13, 2016)
Your own tango journey -and no one else's (December 9, 2016)
Patience is more important than we think (December 6, 2016)
Becoming Advanced (December 1, 2016)


November 2016
Advanced Dancers - Being Good vs Being Nice (November 30, 2016)
The importance of being "uncomfortable" every now & then (November 28, 2016)
When it feels impossible (November 21, 2016)
How to suck at tango: 4 Easy rules (November 17, 2016)
Highlights from an early evening milonga (November 14, 2016)
Hard work, NOT toil (November 10, 2016)
In Control, or Just Controlling (November 9, 2016)
Preparation (November 7, 2016)

But if our partners like it... (November 3, 2016)
When Validation is Poison (November 2, 2016)


October 2016
Enjoy Tango Addiction (October 31, 2016)
I can handle this (October 27, 2016)
What Next? (October 26, 2016)
Music Memories - Make them Personal (October 24, 2016)
Handling Emotions (October 20, 2016)
The odd thing about improving (October 18, 2016)
Music and Starting Simple (October 14, 2016)
Don't be Too Correct (October 13, 2016)
More than just balance (October 10, 2016)
Bad Cabaceos (October 6, 2016 - posted at official blog site)
The Magic of just Sticking Around (October 5, 2016)
Is serious always better ? (October 3, 2016)




September 2016
5 Signs of Growth (September 29, 2016)
On Fitting In (September 27, 2016)
Tomorrow is Today (September 26, 2016)
What do we want from tango? (September 23, 2016)
The Problem with Motivation (September 22, 2016)
3 Ways to Balance Passion (September 19, 2016)
Always be building (September 15, 2016)
All In! (September 12, 2016)
Tango is not relaxing (September 8, 2016)
We're Not Stuck (September 5, 2016)
2 Stages of Learning - Important information for your Tango brain! (September 1, 2016)




August 2016
Don't be too nice! 3 reasons why (August 30, 2016)
More than Something to Do (August 25, 2016)
3 Reasons to be Consistent (August 23, 2016)
One Thing that will Always Help (August 18, 2016)
Everyone has a Handicap (August 15, 2016)
Too Easy? (August 11, 2016)
So important, so easy to forget (August 8, 2016)
What happens if we press on? (August 4, 2016)
Hang on to your First Impressions (August 2, 2016)



July 2016
An Extremely Important but Easy thing to practice (July 28, 2016)
The Next Level: 3 Difficult but Rewarding things to expect (July 26, 2016)
Before We Step (July 21, 2016)
Stop Hiding (July 19, 2016)
Uncertainty (July 14, 2016)
Tango Experts (July 12, 2016)
Will it be a fun night? (July 7, 2016)
The Dance within the Dance (July 5, 2016)
Dance with the Fear (July 2, 2016)



June 2016
Make a Tango List (June 30, 2016)
More than a mood booster (June 27, 2016)
Scared at a milonga? Try this... (June 23, 2016)
The Dark Side of Tango Obsession (June 20, 2016)
Like Hidden Treasure (June 16, 2016)
5 Things we learn from visiting other communities (June 13, 2016)
Practice This (June 9, 2016)
Don't avoid bad times (June 6, 2016)
Don't forget the embrace! (June 2, 2016)


May 2016
Interview with Joe Yang and Yumiko Krupenina for the NOLA Tango Festival (May 31, 2016)
3 Mental traps that stop our learning (May 30, 2016)
Don't Teach at a milonga - 3 practical reasons why (May 26, 2016)
Want to help beginners at a práctica? 3 things to avoid (May 23, 2016)
The myth of needing a great start (May 19, 2016)
Some irrational tango fears (May 16, 2016)
Tango as a common language (May 12, 2016)
What tango reveals about ourselves (May 9, 2016)
When our good qualities start holding us back (May 5, 2016)
2 bad feelings that won't go away, and how they can help our tango (May 2, 2016)



April 2016

If only venues could speak (April 28, 2016)
Three lessons the dreaded Tango Snob can teach us (April 24, 2016)
Get Away from the Sidelines (April 21, 2016)
The moment of "Letting Go" (April 18, 2016)
No Fighting (April 16, 2016)
Five Bad Habits that lead to tango misery (April 14, 2016)
Getting the most out of workshops (April 11, 2016)
The "Easy Stuff" (April 7, 2016)
Four Strategies for a "Good Dance" (April 4, 2016)




March 2016

Four Reasons to start learning Argentine Tango (March 31, 2016)
Getting it Wrong (March 28, 2016)
Promote Calm (March 24, 2016)
Don't be an animal (March 21, 2016)
Find your personal Tango Story (March 17, 2016)
The worst it's ever going to be (March 16, 2016)
The Not-So-Secret-Key to Good Dancing (March 14, 2016)
For Leaders: Some things we need stop doing (March 11, 2016)
For Followers: Some things wee need to stop doing (March 10, 2016)
Be Uncommon (March 7, 2016)
Body Awareness (March 3, 2016)



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