How difficult can it be? I mean, subject to injuries and being over 1 year old, we can all stand up, can’t we?
Of course, it’s not that simple. In Argentine Tango it never is. It’s possibly one of the simplest dance forms around, yet it’s also one of the more difficult. “Simple” is not “easy”.Most of us, most of the time, do not stand “well”. We slouch, we have concave chests, we lift our shoulders, and we generally don’t even consider the way we’re standing.
So let’s consider it now.
A brief exercise
Within our upcoming workshop Mindful Tango: Introducing Deep Connection, we’ll spend one of the modules looking specifically at standing. With that in mind, here’s a brief posture exercise for you:
- Stand up straight, and breathe in. Keep the knees slightly bent.
- Keep the feet together.
- Lean forwards, until your toes start curling, then slowly lean back until your toes naturally uncurl. Stay at that point.
- Lift your arms up high above your head to raise your chest (ribcage). Lower your arms and keep the chest lifted in place.
- Roll your shoulders forwards, then up, then back and finally down, so that the shoulders are relaxed.
- Now, transfer all your weight onto one foot.
And the tricky part is to do all of this, at the same time.
Within Argentine Tango, the dance simply won’t work until you have the right posture. Posture, like the embrace, the walk and the musicality, is one of the vital components of the dance. It’s even arguable that posture is the most important aspects – it enables the embrace and the walk.
And from a connection point of view, a good posture allows you to connect to yourself, to your parter and to the floor. It helps you develop and enhance this connection, and to retain it or regain it when things go wrong.
So that’s why we’ll be spending some time on standing correctly in our workshop on Saturday 3rd November. Because standing is not that easy.