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Today’s #Tango Thought 023: Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking is required to improve your dance.

Honest.
Dispassionate.
With extreme prejudice.

You must look at, and then slow down what you are doing, using video to review, then analyze your dance from every aspect, your walk, your turns, your embrace, your posture, your head position, your hand positions, your fingers, how you’re placing your feet on the floor, how they’re landing on the floor, what part of the foot you’re landing on (not just heel or toe), are you stable, are you balanced, are you hanging, are you pushing, are you pulling, are you compressing, are you using or employing force, tension, and/or resistance ? All of these things and more!

This is asking questions, and seeking answers. It is only through the detailed examination, as hard as it may be, as honest as it may be, that you can and must change your dance. This is only a piece of critical thinking. The part that most people hear in those questions above is the criticism. That is not critical thinking. Critical thinking requires deep analysis of your skill set and then actively seeking a better way to accomplish the same goals without so much damned body contortion or work. If there’s pain, and/or pressure of any kind, then that’s less than desirable.  #SocialTango #SocialDance #ArgentineTango #TangoDancing

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