one day at a time

day 90: down below: pacing

down below: pacing © Verena Fischer 2011

down below: pacing © Verena Fischer 2011

These days on a Wednesday night I go to a tango lesson with Leandro and Gaia at Nou Mitte. I’m quite picky with tango teachers, because I had quite a few lessons that didn’t seem to help me at all. Some teachers are very particular to their very own dancing style, others have problems verbalising the core problems of certain movements and again others like to hear their own voice a bit too much. I personally think that it’s quite difficult to find teachers who can really help beyond the beginner level, because most teachers just submit too much to the expectation that it’s just about learning new figures. It’s quite the opposite actually. It seems to me that whenever you reach another problem that doesn’t seem to resolve itself just by lots of practice with a good leader then the problem always seems to lie in something rather basic like posture, walking, patience, resistance, etc.

Gaia and Leandro strike me as teachers who know that very well and have a knack for identifying these little problems and bad habits. To me their advice seems always spot on and they point out logical causes for the problems I have. What’s frustrating about it is that I know perfectly well that I have bad habits (like my impatience for example) which cause the bigger problems I’m experiencing, but knowing about these habits and changing them are two different issues. Sometimes it’s about finding something that just feels right which then is repeatable, but then other things precisely feel wrong at first until the body gets used to them. Especially with my posture I’m not sure where I’m supposed to be headed. I wish I could just afford some private lessons to work on these things in a more focussed fashion.

The picture I took in the subway station Leopoldplatz. This young man was pacing in circles while talking on the phone. Obviously I’m not the only one who needs to work on their patience …


7 responses

  1. I too need lessons in patience… where is that class? (grin)


    November 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    • Hehe, Chausseestr. 102 in Berlin 😉 I think patience is really hard to develop …

      November 10, 2011 at 7:40 pm

  2. Nice photo! Yes, patience is a good thing…I need to work on that too especially when I am at the market and folks are wondering around aimlessly with no clue what is going on around them. Arrrrgggghhhh.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    • Thanks David! Oh, I just hate it when people are having a stroll right in front of me when I’m running errands! I’ve become much more patient in every day situations over the last few years, but in tango I need to resist a little more … difficult!

      November 10, 2011 at 7:44 pm

  3. I really can ‘feel’ the tension in this one…
    he must be having one of those conversations where you find yourself moving about… almost as if it would move things along or make a point better, etc.
    Wonderful capture, Ms. F!

    November 10, 2011 at 8:08 pm

  4. I have such a hard time taking photos of strangers. If I had just a bit more courage, I could get something as fabulous as this!

    November 11, 2011 at 4:34 am

  5. you have really captured a great mood and story here….great work…

    November 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm

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