Sixth Article in It Takes One to Tango Series
“I’d like to, but I don’t have a partner.”
I have heard this sentence so many times and I would like to tell everyone the following:
“If you don’t have a partner, create a partner.”
Here are some things you can do in Tango to create a partner:
- Learn the other role. Now you have twice as many potential partners.
- Buy some sticks and practice with them, at home or at practica. Imagining a partner is the first step to creating them.
- Help a beginner- or anyone you think is “not as good as you” in Tango. Practice with them. Put some real good quality energy into it - try to understand them, help them, visualize them improving. Now you have a partner.
- Invent a project that requires two people for it to be accomplished. For instance, let’s say you want to reconstruct 30 seconds of a performance you like on YouTube. Or, you want to take a particular workshop with someone. It is far easier to find a partner when you have a specific thing you want that partner to do with you.
- Talk to people who have partners and ask them how they established their partnership and what specific things they do to sustain its creative momentum.
- Whose dancing do you admire? Ask them what kind of music they like, and which videos they watch. Then listen to that music, and watch those videos. Studying Tango in detail gets you closer to the wavelength of people who work regularly with partners.
- Practice on your own! This creates a powerful intention.
- Try to find TWO or three partners instead of just one partner. Paradoxically, this might make it easier to find a partner.
- Spend time socially in groups eating and drinking before or after Tango events. It is easier to find out who will be a synchronous partner, when you know them in a variety of contexts. Stick around til the end of the Practica, and join the group of people going out to eat, or say, “Hey, anyone want to go grab a bite with me?”
- Be around as much as possible. Just being around allows people to learn about each other, and ideas for creative partnership to develop.
There is so much love and creativity out there, and so many people who want to be part of exploring it together with you. Let's get over our little shynesses and get into the real problems and adventures of creating together. Love, Mitra