Are private lessons considered a standard method for becoming an advanced tanguer@? I come from a dance background in which privates are rare; almost all technique is learned in a group setting (with moments of individual attention during the class, of course). But I have noticed that lots of people talk about their private sessions, especially with out-of-town teachers or during festivals or when traveling to other places. And do many people combine group classes with privates, or would that be redundant?
To be honest, I have only taken beginning classes and then workshop/festival classes. I learned most of what I know from practicas and milongas. From patient leaders. And from letting go of my fear and expectations and just listening to the lead. I have contemplated privates, but at this point they are neither part of my frame of mind as a student (given what I am used to in my dance background) nor particularly affordable. But are privates where most dancers identify those little pieces of technique and such that really bump them into the advanced level?
I have heard contrary opinions about whether privates are necessary – in fact, they seem to run along the same lines as opinions about whether a dancer needs to travel to BsAs to truly understand the dance. I do know that there are technical points that I need to improve, but I am pretty aware of most of them – and I have friends who are happy to help me identify others and work on them with me. I just don’t want to become complacent about my dancing.