Mimi Santapa in Sheffield

Just back from my Monday tango class… thinking we’re pretty lucky in Sheffield, having three tango classes per week. I usually go Mondays and Fridays. Some people seeking to start tango ask me which is the best to begin with. Not something I would care to judge; I enjoy both for different reasons. Tonight, however, was a little special. We had a visit from Mimi Santapa, a famous teacher from Buenos Aires. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to take classes with Mimi on several previous occasions so when she was at the Sheffield Milonga on Saturday (run by tango Monday-nighters) I made sure I was there this evening.

So what’s so special about Mimi’s teaching? She clearly has a deep knowledge of and passion for tango, and she is able to communicate this through her teaching. It’s not just about learning steps or sequences, it’s also about a feeling for the music, the nuances of lead and follow. Tango is a feeling, and dancing tango well has to be about sharing that feeling with your partner through the music.

Come to think of it, we’ve got a pretty good week. On Friday Bill and Ann Froud are teaching a milonga class in Sheffield.

~ by magickwords on Tuesday, 9 June 2009.

5 Responses to “Mimi Santapa in Sheffield”

  1. Hey, great post. I’m currently hosting a conversation about excellent teachers — sounds like Mimi is excellent — and what distinguishes them from good or mediocre teachers. I think you hit on some of the qualities that make Mimi great hear, but if you care to elaborate I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  2. Mimi was just here in Tallahassee and Gainesville Florida for the last two weeks giving workshops and privates. I had two privates with her and she totally changed me as a dancer (I’ve been dancing Tango only 20 months but have had many workshops and privates with others.) Mimi shares core secrets of posture, embrace, walk, and musicality that you will not hear from ANYONE else. All she wants to do is teach Tango to people who are passionate about dancing better Tango. We had Many opportunities to stay up late talking Tango into the wee hours and have her show us stuff, and then get up again early and do it again. (All outside of the lessons and workshops.) Hang close to Mimi. She is always sharing Tango gems of wisdom. If you like the style of Gavito, Soto, Copes, Geraldine, etc., go study with Mimi.

  3. Mimi Santapa agradese sus comentarios y es un honor de tener unos alumnos que bailen el tango al piso y con buena postura como lo hacen. Para mi es un orgullo verlos bailar con sentimiento y maestria, sigan asi. Con carinio SU AMIGA MIMI SANTAPA

    • Muchas gracias para tomar la molestia de contestar a mis comentarios. Me disfruté mucho su clase en Sheffield y espero tener la oportunidad de trabajar con usted en el futuro.

      Thank you for taking the trouble to reply to my comments. I very much enjoyed your class in Sheffield and hope that I shall have the opportunity to work with you again in the future.

      And thanks too to Ann Blanch who kindly translated my reply to Mimi Santapa as my knowledge of Spanish is sadly limited to little more than basic tango terminology.

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