Guided Prácticas

Guided Prácticas – are traditional but rarely available – it’s a space just to practise with supportive coaching on hand

Prácticas remain the most important transition between classes and social dancing

The term Práctica is often used nowadays to describe informal tango social dances, away from the more demanding rules and structures of Milongas.  Now we even have Práctilongas, which are simply informal Milongas.

Guided Prácticas –  we believe there is a vital need for the Guided Prácticas, where dancers can go and practise in a completely supportive environment, with the additional benefit of expert coaching.

Practice makes Perfect?  – sadly it doesn’t!  Practice makes permanent.  What you do repeatedly is what your body learns and remembers.  If something in your dance is not working for you, there is clearly something  you need to change.  You may be very aware of the problem, without being able to identify underlying causes.  Simply repeating the same movement reinforces it and “fixes” the problem into your body, making it even harder to change.  It makes more sense to attend a Guided Práctica where supportive coaching is available to help you sort things out.

Guided Prácticas should be open, friendly and a supportive environment.  You can workshop through movements on the dance floor.  Although there is no formal instruction, coaching is available for help and support, and generally the coach will keep an eye out for any struggling dancers.

Whether you’re an experienced dancer, or a relative beginner, Guided Prácticas are ideal and the only place totally dedicated to working on our dance together.

Typically there will be continuous but non intrusive music, without the formality of traditional tandas, so you can start, stop, dance, discuss what’s happening, and discover what works for you.

Video can be used as an instant visual aid to help you see your dance clearly, and to decide how best to work on any improvements.

These sessions should not be intimidating, structured or regulated, except to provide the best possible conditions for practice.

Anyone can ask someone for a dance. There is no expectation for you to complete a formal tanda.  You can even practise your Cabecceo.

NO pressure!  The whole ethos of a Guided Práctica is to create a reassuring experience to allow you to work at a pace that suits you, to help you grow in confidence, become more familiar with all aspects of your  tango and become a better dancer.

© Tango Nomads, 2017