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May 19, 2006

Dancing to the music

Very early on in my Tango experience, the foreign instructors who came to Singapore had always emphasized “dance to the music”. However, it was not until after a few years of dancing that I was beginning to appreciate “dancing to the music” entails much more than moving/stepping with the beat (on or sometimes in-between). In fact “dancing to the music” connects naturally to the size and speed of your movements – in other words, the intensity of your actions.

Tonight, during our regular practica, I found out that it is even more difficult to express the music through one’s torso. When you remove the steps – in fact, keep them small and simple – how to express the melody, rhythm and feelings in the lyrics? That is the challenge for me to reach another level.

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