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Subliminal
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« on: March 08, 2010, 02:49:42 AM »

Hi all, just thought I'd get the ball rolling in this forum again. Wink

So, how is your tango walk coming along? Mine is starting to feel pretty good. I'm currently refining my back steps (leaders don't usually do many, but if you're gonna do 'em, do 'em right), and working on keeping loose and leading strongly during syncopation/traspie.

I started out going toe-heel, but switched to heel-toe on my forward steps. I think it works better for my balance, and feels a little more even.

How about you? Have you learned anything new about the walk?
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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2010, 03:59:22 AM »

hello! it has been awhile since I did AT, Peaches and a few others are more proficent that I am...but I remember when I did it going backwards for the women it is a toe lead but the timing between the toe and the heel hitting the floor is not very long. so it almost feels like a reverse heel lead, not sure if that was done correctly. once I finish comp ballroom I may revisit AT Grin
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Subliminal
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2010, 12:08:53 PM »

That sounds right. I'm not sure how you walk in heels, but I know part of the technique for both leads and follows is to keep the heel as close to the floor as possible, even with toe-leads.

That's great, you should totally join us in tangoland. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2010, 04:30:46 AM »

Hi all, just thought I'd get the ball rolling in this forum again. Wink  How about you? Have you learned anything new about the walk?

Perfect. Every class should begin with a few to many minutes of the basic walk (outside/inside/inside).

once I finish comp ballroom I may revisit AT Grin

IMHO, a well done tango and bolero will better everything else in your repertoire.

That sounds right. I'm not sure how you walk in heels, but I know part of the technique for both leads and follows is to keep the heel as close to the floor as possible, even with toe-leads.

The most difficult part of the walk is to relax the knees at the collection, and completely straighten the legs at the open. This sets up the necessity to move by squeezing the adductors, and bringing the thighs together.. . which sets up the necessity of rolling through the feet and always moving them on an inside edge.

Now, on a personal note, thanks for rebirthing the tango thread. We on the PDO seem to be more interested in learning and bettering the dance than persons on... ahem... [whispered] ...that other forum.   Shocked   Wink
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2010, 09:05:20 AM »

[now TD: don't entice me to break my new resolution Cheesy (did you see the 18721 topic?)]
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Subliminal
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2010, 01:05:41 PM »

Thanks TD. Smiley

I would be happy to have a more technical discussion, I'll probably post the rest of my "syllabus" tonight.

To continue the topic of walking, what you say makes sense. What's interesting is how we all have different issues at first. I think the softening the knee was something that I picked up fairly unconciously, but I had other issues, like pushing too hard off of the back leg before collecting.

Right now I am revisiting CBM on forward and back steps to clarify the lead and make the step more natural and flowing.
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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2010, 04:05:42 AM »

[now TD: don't entice me to break my new resolution Cheesy (did you see the 18721 topic?)]

Oh, whatever do you mean? Interested now...................  Huh  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2010, 07:20:48 AM »

[now TD: don't entice me to break my new resolution Cheesy (did you see the 18721 topic?)]

Oh, whatever do you mean? Interested now...................  Huh  Wink

you will need to go and take a look at the thread 18721  and it will explain it.. but it relates to the other  unmentionable forum... Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2010, 07:50:20 AM »

...but it relates to the other  unmentionable forum... Tongue

wait a mo - everything is mentionable here.  Most of our members are on DF and I would still be too if I could.

If anything, its this forum thats unmentionalble Wink

[but to see the 18719 (somehow we had # creep Wink )topic I'm afraid you are going to have to look outside the partnerdance area Shocked  its OK TD, most people do come back Tongue
here, I'll make it easy:
http://partnerdanceonline.com/index.php?topic=1157.0]
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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2010, 04:11:37 AM »

Missed that, somehow.  Roll Eyes But, PDO is, actually way  Cool .
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« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2010, 04:57:29 AM »

Missed that, somehow.  Roll Eyes But, PDO is, actually way  Cool .
tooo truuuue Wink
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« Reply #11 on: May 09, 2013, 01:13:32 PM »

Hi all, just thought I'd get the ball rolling in this forum again. Wink  How about you? Have you learned anything new about the walk?

Perfect. Every class should begin with a few to many minutes of the basic walk (outside/inside/inside).

once I finish comp ballroom I may revisit AT Grin

IMHO, a well done tango and bolero will better everything else in your repertoire.

That sounds right. I'm not sure how you walk in heels, but I know part of the technique for both leads and follows is to keep the heel as close to the floor as possible, even with toe-leads.

The most difficult part of the walk is to relax the knees at the collection, and completely straighten the legs at the open. This sets up the necessity to move by squeezing the adductors, and bringing the thighs together.. . which sets up the necessity of rolling through the feet and always moving them on an inside edge.

Now, on a personal note, thanks for rebirthing the tango thread. We on the PDO seem to be more interested in learning and bettering the dance than persons on... ahem... [whispered] ...that other forum.   Shocked   Wink


Not sure if TangoDancer is still around, but I found this post intriguing. 

Anybody who knows:  Relax the knees at the collection?  Huh?
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« Reply #12 on: May 09, 2013, 10:50:39 PM »

Sounds like something you do in church.. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2013, 11:36:23 PM »

Tango walk in AT is different to Standard Tango, connection pint is much different. walking in tango goes in a circle, not sure if AT does the same. I love tango, one of my favs..... we have not done some practice walks lately must do that again before we start to practice  this week.
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« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2013, 02:26:33 AM »

Sounds like something you do in church.. Roll Eyes

Maybe TD or btm can clarify. Cool
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