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

Hope you enjoy it! It would mean a lot if you could take a few seconds to give it a 5-star rating and a positive review. Much appreciated!

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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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Can't avoid being nervous

It's natural to be nervous upon arriving at a milonga, especially if we're new to tango. It's such a different environment than a class or práctica, and we worry that we'll freeze up and forget everything we know. We may also worry about looking stupid, or accidentally bumping into someone. 

So naturally, we turn to improving our skills and attending more events. Although nervousness may diminish over time, it probably won't disappear completely. But don't worry. That's not the goal.

What we need to understand is that when it comes to learning tango, there's a fine line between nervousness and exhilaration. One will hurt us, the other will help move our dancing forward. One will hold us back due to reasons we've invented in our own minds, while the other will open up exciting opportunities. 

We know we need to make the leap from one side to the other. But what we often don't realize is that the leap itself is not very far... and perhaps that's the bigger problem.

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Podcast Episode 7 is now available

Hello Friends! Just letting you know that Episode 7 of Joe's Tango Podcast is now online!

You'll hear another great conversation, and today we'll meet the one and only Mitra Martin from LA. 

You can listen on iTunes and also Soundcloud

Hope you enjoy it! It would mean a lot if you could take a few seconds to give it a 5-star rating and a positive review. Much appreciated!

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Podcast Episode 6 is now available

Hello Friends! Hope you're enjoying your Labor Day (if you're in the US).

I'm just letting you know that Episode 6 of Joe's Tango Podcast is now available. It's a great conversation with Vance Rightmire, who's the organizer of the Austin Spring Tango Festival.

You can listen on iTunes or Soundcloud.

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Podcast is now online!

Well, that was quick!

I'm excited to announce that Joe's Tango Podcast is now online at iTunes!

The first 5 episodes are available, and more episodes will be added each week. Give it a listen, and I would greatly appreciate it if you could subscribe and leave a 5-star rating. Doing so really helps the search rankings, and allows more people to find us. Thanks!

This is going to be a long term project, and will hopefully serve as a valuable resource to all you tango students out there.

Thanks so much for your support!

Find us here on iTunes

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Podcast update (we're launching early!)

Hello everyone!

Just a quick update on the launch of my upcoming podcast. So far, the instructors, organizers, and musicians I've spoken to so far have been great! They've been sharing some thought-provoking insights, and I've got more interviews scheduled!

It's my goal for this project to be a useful resource for tango students, and I think you'll appreciate what the interviewees have to say. I'm really excited to be launching this thing soon!

I'm also excited to let you know that the podcast will be online a little earlier than expected. Originally I was aiming for a mid-September launch, but things have been coming together a little more quickly than anticipated. So, within the next few days, we'll see the first 5 episodes available on iTunes.

I'll definitely keep you updated on when that happens.

On another note, I'll no longer be blogging at Wordpress. Although all previous blog posts will still be accessible at Wordpress, all future posts will appear here at the Wisconsin Tango site. Thanks for reading!

All archived blogs can be found here

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