The camina, or the walk, is likely one of the first things we learn about in tango. And as we progress, we’re constantly reminded of its importance.
Teachers, other experienced dancers, and friends give us this advice: “Make sure you have a really good walk.”
Definitely true. But how exactly do we develop a “really good walk?”
It’s more than a basic step, and it’s more than a simple physical movement. Walking must also be viewed as a fundamental point of communication. To communicate well with a partner, we must first connect with ourselves.
Are we aware of the way we move? Have we secured our own balance before requesting that our partners trust us? Are we paying attention to the moment, or already thinking five steps ahead? Are we making every effort to be clear, or just expecting our partners to know what we mean?
A few steps into the walk will reveal the answer.
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