Adrian and Amanda’s musicality classes

Most musicality classes I go to are about clapping and stepping to the beat, then maybe stepping in double time and also stepping in half time. Even classes that were labelled as dancing to Di Sarli or D’Arienzo are like this. After those classes, I have no greater understanding of Di Sarli or D’Arienzo, afterall, there are moments where stepping in half or double time makes sense in most songs of both orchestras.

Adrian and Amanda’s musicality classes are different. They first introduce the double bass which plays the most obvious beat to dance to. But then the other instruments in a tango orchestra aren’t there to look pretty, they can be there to dance to as well. There are other instruments such as the violin, piano, bandoneón and the singer all contribute to the music. There are layers to tango music. They all contribute to a different feeling inside you and you can choose how you wish to express the music when you dance.

Adrian and Amanda’s musicality classes are the best I’ve been to. There is no dancing, just sitting down and discussing the various possibilities about tango music. What to listen for various ways that music can be interpreted. If you’ve not been before watch out for them again next year on Brigitte’s website. Its a shame noone in London teaches just the music.

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2 Responses to “Adrian and Amanda’s musicality classes”

  1. jantango Says:

    Listening all the time to tango recordings by the orchestras of the milonga will benefit all dancers. We can only dance to music we know. When we dance to music we know, it resonates within us and our dance comes from that place inside. What you feel in the music is yours alone. It’s not about the steps or impressing your partner.

    Tango recordings for dancing have a strict tempo and an underlying beat. The music tells us what to do from our heart.

    • yabotil Says:

      Agreed – I wish more London dancers would try listen to the music. Not enough teachers here teach that. I do see more being taught about the music recently. I hope this trend picks up.

      Do you also listen to non-dance tango? Some pieces are obviously not for dancing, eg, if I can’t hear the beat because of the singer for most the song, but is it just the tempo and beat and whether you can hear it? I’m trying to find out more about why some music moves you and you want to dance and some just feels weird when you start to move to it, even if you can hear the beat clearly.

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