Podcast Episode 24 now online!

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Episode 24 of Joe's Tango Podcast is now online!

In this episode, we'll meet Vania Rey. She started teaching in 2002, and has since traveled to dozens of cities to share her knowledge.

It was yet another great conversation, and you can listen to the interview for free on iTunesSoundcloud, or Stitcher.

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Episode 23 now online!

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Episode 23 of Joe's Tango Podcast is now online!

In this episode, we'll meet Adam Ashton Hoopengardner and Ciko Tanik. Based out of New York City, they have studied and danced all over the world. If you've worked with them before, you'll see that they're known for their humor and playful creativity.

It was another fun conversation, and you can listen to the interview for free on iTunesSoundcloud, or Stitcher.

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Episode 22 now available!

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Episode 22 of Joe's Tango Podcast is now online!

In this episode, we'll meet Liz and Yannick Vanhove. This playful and energetic couple have been dancing together since they were teenagers. For years, they have worked tirelessly on their craft, and have gained international acclaim as both teachers and competitive performers.

It was really fun interviewing them, and you can listen to the conversation free on iTunesSoundcloud, or Stitcher.

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Podcast Episode 21 is now available!

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Episode 21 of Joe's Tango Podcast is now online. In this episode, we'll meet Kara Wenham and Dominic Bridge. They started their partnership recently, so we're catching them at an exciting time. We a fun in-person interview in October, and they had a lot of helpful information to share. You can listen to it free on iTunesSoundcloud, or Stitcher.

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Podcast Episode 20 is now available!

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Episode 20 of Joe's Tango Podcast is now online. In this episode, we'll meet Stepháne Koch, also known as El Turquito! It was another fun conversation with lots of helpful information, and you can listen to it free on iTunesSoundcloud, or Stitcher.

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Podcast Episode 19 now available!

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Episode 19 of Joe's Tango Podcast is now online. In this episode, we'll meet Daniela Borgialli! It was another fun interview with lots of good information, and you can listen to it free on iTunesSoundcloud, or Stitcher.

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Tango style generator (use at your own risk)

Instructions: Make a phrase by combining one word from each of the three columns below, prefaced with the words, "Tonight, I will dance like a/an..."

That will create a style of tango dance. Try it out at the next práctica or milonga!* 

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*Not to be taken seriously - If you must, try this only with a friend who has a really weird sense of humor...

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Podcast Episode 18 now available!

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Episode 18 of Joe's Tango Podcast is now online. In this episode, we'll meet the one and only Tomás Howlin. It was another great interview, and you can listen to it free on iTunesSoundcloud, or Stitcher.

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Podcast Episode 17 now available!

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Episode 17 of Joe's Tango Podcast is now online. In this episode, we'll meet harmonica virtuoso Joe Powers from Portland, Oregon. It was another fun interview, and you can listen to it free on iTunesSoundcloud, or Stitcher.

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Podcast Episode 16 now available!

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Episode 16 of Joe's Tango Podcast is now online. In this episode, we'll meet Alex Krebs from Portland, Oregon. It was another fun conversation, and you can listen to it free on iTunesSoundcloud, or Stitcher.

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Podcast Episode 15 now available!

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Episode 15 of Joe's Tango Podcast is now online. In this episode, we'll meet Mariana Galassi from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Her prolific career as a teacher, performer, and dancer has been wowing worldwide audiences. On a personal note, Mariana was one of my first tango teachers many years ago.

She has a lot of interesting things to share, and you can listen to our conversation free on iTunesSoundcloud, or Stitcher.

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Podcast Episode 14 now available!

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Episode 14 of Joe's Tango Podcast is now online. In this episode, we'll meet Candi Woods from Lincoln, NE. It was another fun conversation, and you can listen to it free on iTunes, Soundcloud, or Stitcher.

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Podcast Episode 13 is now available!

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Just letting you know that Episode 13 of Joe's Tango Podcast is now online. In this show, we'll meet Sabine Ibes from Minneapolis, MN.

It was another fun interview! You can listen for free on iTunesSoundcloud, or Stitcher.

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Podcast Episode 12 is now available!

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Just letting you know that Episode 12 of Joe's Tango Podcast is now online. In this show, we'll meet Micaela Colleen Barrett and Alberto Ramos Cordero of the Cleveland Tango School.

They had a lot of good things to share, and you can listen for free on iTunes or Soundcloud.

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RETHINK LEARNING

While learning tango, it's understandable if we approach the dance with a "traditional classroom" mentality. The instructor teaches, and the students listen. When introduced to a new step, we try to do things correctly. When we mess up, we receive feedback and try to get things right. 

This structure is logical, and after spending a significant number of years in our education system (especially here in the US), it's what we've grown accustomed to.

But for tango, the "traditional classroom" method is only one learning strategy. It isn't necessarily wrong, but it's not the only effective way to learn. And since it may not be right for everyone, we shouldn't feel stuck with it. 

There's a lot of value in trying things out on our own by practicing with friends. Outside of classes or workshops is the time to go beyond what was taught, and to explore the dance. There's also less preoccupation with doing steps "correctly" or "incorrectly."

This free collaboration time shouldn't be viewed as an afterthought, or secondary to "serious class time." It's a necessary, and sound strategy for moving our tango forward.

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A quick thought about patience

To become a better tango dancer, we need to be patient. Our instructors often say this, right? And they are correct. But in the context of tango, what exactly does patience mean? 

It's a little confusing, because when we think of patience, we often equate it to waiting. Being passive.

But when it comes to learning tango, patience is anything but passive. It's not about "waiting around" to become a better dancer. Instead, it is understanding that all progress is positive, even if it's happening slower than we like. It's about sticking with it knowing that expertise won't materialize overnight.

In the end, what tango ultimately brings into our lives is always worth the invested time.

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Podcast Episode 9 is now available!

Hello Friends! Just letting you know that Episode 9 of Joe's Tango Podcast is now online!

Today we'll meet Rod Relucio, who's a major figure in the Chicago tango community.

Give it a listen on iTunes or Soundcloud

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DON'T GO IT ALONE

We always hear about how we're supposed to stay connected with our partners. Just about every teacher we've taken lessons will mention this. And yes, while at a milonga, we'll follow through...for a short period time.

After that, we start focusing on ourselves. Not out of selfishness, but because the perfectionist side of us feels that in order to dance well with another person, we need to first "work on ourselves."

But this is often the reason why a dance might feel stiff, awkward, or fall apart completely.

Connection with our partners isn't just an idea that sounds good while talking about tango. Paying attention to the person we're dancing with has to be happening all the time, and should be the basis on how we execute our form and technique. This mutual awareness isn't just a general act of giving and goodwill, it's also the best source of our creativity, dynamism, and energy. 

It's true that we have to make some time for independent practice. But ultimately, tango is an activity where all the benefits of "working on ourselves" only come to light when opening up to others.

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