Last weekend I danced a beautiful Pugliese tanda. Beautiful.
I have heard people saying that they don’t like dancing to Pugliese. In my experience, it just takes a certain style for the dancing to feel right. Things that I need to enjoy it:
- Clear changes from soft movements to very direct, striking movements
- The ability to pause, suspend, float at times
- The kind of walking where you hold back for a moment and then attack the step
- A keen sense of musical phrasing
- Truly feeling the music and transmitting that feeling to your partner (my favorite way to do this is through a breath in as the music lifts and a soft, communicative torso as I breath out)
These are, of course, interrelated. And when I say I need them for an enjoyable Pugliese tanda, I don’t mean that I would dislike dancing it any other way – these are just the things I need to really feel like I am enjoying the music itself as part of the dance. My best evenings are the ones where I get the leaders who I believe interpret each particular tanda in a way that best expresses the music. (Why do I get the feeling that I am going to spend the rest of the week talking about different kinds of music?)