After eleven years living, dancing, teaching tango, and writing in Buenos Aires, I came home to L.A. in 2014, where I'm reconstructing my life.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
As long as I've been dancing tango (nine years), people have been taking tango polls and surveys. Why, in case you haven't noticed, there's even one here on my Blog!
But Clay from Portland, Oregon, has organized the grandaddy of them all in his elaborate Survey on Beginning Tango Instruction. Some of the terminology might not be familiar to everybody (cross walk system, molinete, etc.), but there's lots of space to write in your opinion and you can read the results immediately of more than 400 fellow pollsters.
Granted, these kinds of things tend to appeal to the nerd in all of us, but it can be a very useful tool for teachers who want to improve their teaching methods, and for beginning students to know what is valuable to look for in their first classes.
Clay then writes an occasional post about the results on his Blog.
One thing that really shocked me was the low emphasis placed on Musicality by many dancers!!
He plans to conduct other tango surveys in the future, so if you're interested in how Tango America views learning this complicated, inexplicable, mystical and mysterious dance, stay tuned.