If you’re used to learning choreographies or perfecting a routine before performing in front of an audience, whether it’s: at a dance show, to an examiner or in the theatre; don’t panic! Yes, improvised dancing takes a bit of adjusting, but once you relax, things become much easier and you’ll get a very worth-while buzz.

The good news!

You’re already a smidgen ahead as you’ve had previous dance experience so you’re more likely to be slightly more advanced in your posture, balance, body awareness and sense of style, than a lot of beginners. There’s also a chance that you’re more confident dancing in front of people as it comes naturally to you; so picking up the tango steps and technique is your primary focus. This gets you ahead of the game!

Having started tango after learning choreographies mainly for stage dancing for fifteen years, at the very beginning of my tango learning I, too, was slightly taken aback by the improvised style of tango dancing; so I’ve listed below a series of questions and answers I have come up with from my own experience. I would have loved to have known the answers to these when starting out! I hope they come in useful for you. If there are any more questions I’ve missed, please don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll do my best to answer. They will all be posted and added to over the course of this week, starting tomorrow, so any questions you’d like answers to can be included.

Part 1 (this part) – published Dec. 10.
Part 2 – published Dec. 12.
Part 3 – published Dec. 14.
Part 4 – published Dec. 16.

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See you soon on the dancefloor!

Nathalie and Emma
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