Regular walking exercises are good for health. It is an easy way to incorporate a fitness activity into your daily routine.
Walking 30 minutes 5 days a week is recommended by the medical community. Just like regular walking is good for health, learning tango walks is an important aspect of the dance. In concept both are simple but in life, you practice walking alone, whereas in tango you need to walk with a partner almost touching your chest.
When you walk alone your brain directly interacts with your legs – left -right-left. It occurs smoothly but in tango, coordination differs because there is a total of four legs. A beginner Argentine tango starts with walking exercise practice. According to the instructors at Ultimate Tango online classes, a good dancer is recognized not by athletic figures but by how he/she walks.
A nice manly walk and women melt in his embrace, while a bad walk can want her to die. Therefore, plenty of tango walk practice is recommended to enjoy a healthy tango dance without any worries about tango spasms, tango bobbing, and bruised toes.
Tips to improve the art of caminata [walk]
- In tango dance, the leader leads and the follower respond to his moves. For nice caminata, the leader needs to ensure that all four legs move in sync. The legs of the couple do the walking, while their almost-touching torso does the talking. The follower acquires a request to move through torso movements. Walking on four legs will need coordination.
- Notice your daily walk. One foot acts as a spring and the floor is the energy force. Supporting leg foot pushes you forward. In tango, the motion is the same and called ‘first projection’. Leaders must learn to start moving forward with a push from the supporting leg because it ensures the torso move ahead of the free leg.
This sends a signal that the follower must move backward. When walking and talking occur seamlessly the tango walk looks efficient. If the free leg is extended first it looks odd and their partner’s thigh gets kicked or toes are bruised.
- Tango dance also teaches proper weight management. Weight needs to spread on the feet ball and not heels. Lean forward until the chest is aligned with the toes. For enhancing weight management – walk one beat & stop one beat to see your weight position. Repeat this exercise on both feet until you confidently learn proper weight management.
- Walking backward is challenging. Tango walk practice allows oiling the walking and talking action. Tango bobbing occurs when reaching too far with free legs that make the front leg bed unnecessarily. It creates disconnection and the follower bobs around looking strange. Instead of moving with free legs start every step pushing floor with a supporting leg. It will match the leader’s move and the walk will be smooth.
- If follower puts heels of back leg too soon walking backward then their torso moves backward sooner than the leader. It creates a tango spasm that does not look elegant. Keep the heel of the back leg a little off as you walk backward but keep weight forward.
Walking in tango together creates beauty and elegance on the dance floor!