Some you may already know about Joaquín Amenábar, and some of you have probably had the privilege of taking classes with him. I had heard of him, but I had never had a chance to learn from him. Until today. I noticed that he posted one chapter of his book Tango: Let’s dance to the music! on his website. You can download the chapter as well as the accompanying audio and video.
I highly recommend taking a look! I am a musician and have developed a part-analytical, part-intuitive approach to dancing tango musically. This exercise really breaks down the music—without getting bogged down in music theory—and demonstrates how we can use this musical awareness to create a more interesting dance. In the case of this sample chapter, we look at how the leader and follower can dance to different bandoneon parts.
If you are interested in musicality, I also suggest you take a look at what Mark has to say about dancing to the pulse v. the music. This approach to tango takes a little more work and thoughtfulness, but it opens up so much enjoyment in the dance. If a leader does nothing more than walking, but he can do it with sensitivity to the music, he can hook me as a follower. (Don’t believe me? Ask some of my favorite leaders! It’s true!) It’s that important!