I couldn't do sucessive backward ochos for the freaking life of me tonight. Of course, my leader was barely touching me and until we were already going in opposite directions, I didn't know we were out of sync and I should have be ocho'ing my heels off.
Post by domenicaflor on Mar 8, 2004 23:35:41 GMT -5
Back ochos can be a B***h at times, especially if the leader is going too fast, or is pushing you off your balance.
The thing about tango is to view it like the stock market: it's a long term investment not a get-rich-quick scheme. Some days are up and some are down. One day you will reap the fruits of that investment when you have one of those perfect evenings out where everything flows smoothly.
Post by domenicaflor on Mar 25, 2004 19:29:21 GMT -5
Since we are on the subject of Clothed Tango talk:
I was thinking about Vincent D'Onofrio and his tango dancing. It's been said in articles in the NY Times that he spent a year taking Argentine Tango lessons in NYC to prepare for "Naked Tango". The movie was choreographed by Carlos Rivarola who also choreogaphed the Carlos Saura movie "Tango: No Me Dejes Nunca". I don't know if he learned from Rivarola or if he attended one of NY's larger dance studios at the time. I just got a press kit for "Being Human" (unfortunately no pictures) where his bio states that these lessons could take up to 6 hours per day.
Holy Smokes! That's a mind and body numbing amount of AT lessons to take in one day.
D'Onofrio clearly has drive and dedication. I give him all kinds of credit for this role. It is fricking difficult to lead AT and lead it well. (I'm still working on learning the lead.)
A long time ago some people asked me if I thought that the dance scenes in NT were "cut-ins" done by professionals. My answer is no; I think D'Onofrio and May danced all the scenes. My primary reason is that professional dancers would have made it look better than it did. My secondary reason is: Where could they find a 6'4" Argentine professional dancer who looked like that? ;D
I'd dance with the guy anytime. However I'd probably lose my cool and step on him. ACK What a nightmare! I'll stick to dreaming!
yeah, Dom knew I couldn't resist answering a post on this topic
I'll tell you, 1 1/2 hours of lessons just flies by for me, I would LOVE 6 hours but it would bankrupt me.
I do believe that most of the scenes were danced by the stars. Most of the shots were done moving & full body yet still relatively close up - so it would have been harder to edit well than have them dance it a few times. Besides, though they did lovely steps; they were not doing some of the more intricate steps AND if it was set, not just free danceing (which it had to have been .... ie: fliming a movie) then it would have been easier for the lead and follow when they know they are going forward until X - mark; & then to the right & then an ocho & then ...........
so there I was, dancing away & having fun - getting some double time steping & mostly catching my cues for ochos .......
Switched partners & the female instructor was leading me ..... I found myself in an uncomfortable position & shuffle stepped back - She stared at me in horror & said "Did you forget the cross already?" I felt like I had just had a Nun rap my knuckles with a ruler. Thank goodness it was time to leave after that. No joy. No fun. I'm still feeling down & fussed out over that. Like I am going to remember to cross every damn time my leader moves to my right when we had just spent 1/2 practing some side walks WITHOUT THE FOOCKING CROSS. Major bumatude.