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‘Be Straightforward to Transfer, however Exhausting to Knock Over’


This aphorism comes from an area Argentine tango instructor. With it he’s explaining the elasticity of 1 dance associate to a different, particularly within the follower’s position. The follower reacts to the chief’s solutions, although she could accomplish that in her personal method. Whereas this is occurring each companions should preserve their very own steadiness. This leader-follower settlement is the construction on which all associate dances function. With out it, companions will probably be nursing bruised shins and stubbed toes, however with it, you’ll be able to sail round a room as one. 

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Inevitably, I start considering of bushes. With bonsai, we’re the leaders, and bushes are our followers. However sometimes, our tree follower could counsel one thing or resist a suggestion of ours, and it’s as much as us to concentrate and regulate our strategy. 

I really feel a powerful parallel between bonsai and tango. A wholesome, well-rooted bonsai will probably be simple to maneuver, simple to regulate. It is going to reply to smart solutions. Nevertheless it’s fairly powerful and received’t be impressed by something foolish, both. If you happen to attempt that the bonsai will stroll off the ground in a huff.

A tango good friend on listening to this aphorism stated, ‘It’s such an incredible line—an incredible metaphor for all times, isn’t it?’ Be simple to maneuver, however onerous to knock over. Sure. I agree. Our tango instructor does this so much, utilizing phrases that imply extra. It’s one more reason to carry a pocket book to lessons of the nice Alex Krebs.

Footnote: I’ve been dancing Argentine tango (not the flowery ballroom tango) for nearly 15 years now, with quick breaks. I truly love all kinds of dance from contact improv to swing. Tango although has a particular place in my coronary heart. I believe it’s as a result of tango is once more so just like bonsai. It’s difficult in a method most different dances aren’t, bringing a ton of vulnerability to the ground. That you simply then need to develop with. Bonsai is difficult in a method different horticultural arts aren’t, bringing a dialog with a plant to a complete new degree. If we don’t refine our strategy and change into higher tree leaders, we’re not the one ones not rising. 

Double Footnote: I drafted this publish a few years in the past when Alex’s lessons have been up, although suspended on the time of this writing. Some dances and practicas are ongoing at his great small studio in Portland, Oregon: http://www.tangoberretin.com.

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