Nostalgia

•Monday, 23 June 2014 • Leave a Comment

“As usual, I was thinking about the moments of the past,
letting my memory rush over them like water
rushing over the stones on the bottom of a stream.
I was even thinking a little about the future, that place
where people are doing a dance we cannot imagine,
a dance whose name we can only guess.”

—  Billy Collins, from Nostalgia. You can hear the full poem here.

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I Love Tango

•Saturday, 31 May 2014 • Leave a Comment

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I love the way she softens into my embrace on the dancefloor. I love the way she matches my opening breath as we move together into the first step. I love the way the rigid concepts of ‘lead’ and ‘follow’ become inextricably entwined and tango becomes our hearts’ conversation. I love the way we listen to our bodies through the music. I love the way she holds a moment longer when the music stops. I love the damp curl of hair on her forehead and the salt taste of a small kiss still on my lips as I drive home.

Why “Social” Dancers are Killing Salsa

•Wednesday, 23 April 2014 • 1 Comment

Does this apply to tango too? Food for thought, perhaps…

The Dancing Irishman

Purely social dancers have started pissing me off.

Let’s get something straight: Salsa IS a social activity. Most people who take it up do so to get out more and to meet new people. That’s one of the reasons I dance myself and I consider myself a social dancer (just not in the sense that I’m writing about here). Long story short, salsa needs to be enjoyed. Today, however, I’m gonna talk about a very different type of “Social” dancer!

There seems to be a natural progression amongst great salseros that goes a little something like this:

  • They begin salsa without many expectations
  • They enjoy the new activity and the new social outlet
  • They improve and their improvement leads to greater enjoyment
  • Greater enjoyment leads to greater desire to improve…

    Great dancers continue to get better over time (in an ideal world of course) Great dancers continue to get better over time (in an ideal world of course, so in reality this never…

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The Dancers Inherit the Party

•Monday, 31 March 2014 • Leave a Comment
The Dancers Inherit the Party Selected Poems by Ian Hamilton Finlay with two woodcuts by Zeljko Kujundzic A Migrant Pamphlet, Summer 1962

The Dancers Inherit the Party
Selected Poems by Ian Hamilton Finlay
with two woodcuts by Zeljko Kujundzic
A Migrant Pamphlet, Summer 1962

 

THE DANCERS INHERIT THE PARTY

When I have talked for an hour I feel lousy –
Not so when I have danced for an hour:
The dancers inherit the party
While the talkers wear themselves out and
sit in corners alone and glower.

Skinsong

•Saturday, 15 March 2014 • Leave a Comment

Come when it’s quiet

I like your way of moving
Slip into my stillness
Silence me
Speak in tongues
Anoint the air between us
Dance to a skinsong
Cover me

Trudi Paraha

The Bandoneon’s Secret

•Tuesday, 28 January 2014 • Leave a Comment

The Bandoneon's Secret

Making Mistakes

•Thursday, 23 January 2014 • 1 Comment

A New Year’s wish from Neil Gaiman, which seems to apply to many things… perhaps especially tango…

   “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

    “Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

    “So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

    “Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

    “Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

– Neil Gaiman

 
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