Workshop at Esalen Institute: October 2011
Tango as Path & Practice
A Kinesthetic Introduction
to the Dance
Tuesday - October 18th, 2011
in the Evening, 8:00
- 10:00 pm
Leonard Pavilion (Dance
in the Esalen Community - including
guests, students, staff & friends
with Debbie Edwards & Stephen Bauer
at Esalen: "Argentine Tango as Path & Practice"
Born along the banks of Río de la Plata more than a century
ago, Argentine Tango in its social form is completely improvised
two bodies, intimately connected, co-creating a unique and spontaneous
expression in time and space.
Often described as a dance with "four legs, two heads, and
one heart," the inner experience of Tango has much in common
with the practice of yoga, meditation, and similar forms of body work
Tango also embodies a unique relational aspect that can offer us a
powerful life metaphor:
- As an exceptional invitation to blend mind/body/spirit with breath/gravity/time.
- As a telling example of how we can deepen trust, communication and
communion with our partners and with our neighbors, both on and off
the dance floor.
- As a mode of ongoing practice that, deeply engaged, brings us ever
closer toward a centering wisdom that transcends and transforms our
everyday realities into an experience with the eternal.
Taken together, these many qualities of Argentine Tango can
help amplify and enrich our opportunities for discovery across a range
of disciplines and fields of interest pointing the way toward
a lifetime resonant with potential and fulfillment.
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In this special Tuesday night workshop at Esalen, participants will
join experienced social dancers Debbie Edwards + Stephen Bauer
as they guide and facilitate an investigation of body awareness, balance,
flow, energy, clarity, responsiveness, trust, and attention all
through the remarkable lens of Argentine Tango.
Based in Ojai, California, Debbie + Stephen have been dancing, studying
and practicing Tango as an improvised social form since 1998. Over the
years, they have also introduced well over a thousand beginners to the
pleasures and potential of Argentine Tango, then encouraged, supported
and mentored these newer dancers as they seek to embark on their own
journeys of discovery and insight.
Debbie + Stephen's approach to the dance blends the qualities of mindfulness
with a deep understanding of tango's Core Principles, allowing
newcomers to readily find, feel and engage the creative possibilities
of this dynamic communal art form, and to embrace Tango as a fresh and
powerful way of becoming ever more open and present in the world we
More Things to know about
this Workshop at Esalen ...
Click here to Download a printable flyer for "Argentine
Tango as Path & Practice" (.pdf - 207 kb)
More on the sensibility and practice
of Argentine Tango, insights into its improvisation and creativity,
and links to online resources for additional background and perspective
Debbie Edwards + Stephen Bauer
More on Debbie + Stephen
as dancers + teachers ...
Additional Resources ... and Further Thoughts on Shoes
For more about tango's improvisational nature and the intimate mind/body/spirit
connections that come into play, try Sharna Fabiano's excellent articles
Essential Tango" and "Tango:
A Deeper Look" or delve into a few of Richard Powers'
essays on the nature and background of improvised "freestyle"
social dances like tango.
For additional links about tango online including advice for
new dancers, a CBC radio documentary on tango's music, history &
culture, and Tango on film & video please visit our Resources
Regarding the best kind of shoes to bring for dancing tango:
Since many tango elements involve a pivot of some kind, choose shoes
with leather or other hard soles that slide easily and won't leave
marks on a fine hardwood floor. Shoes with softer or rubber soles
that tend to "grip" the floor will make dancing much harder
than it should be, and are usually a poor choice.
In all situations, shoes with laces or secure straps are recommended
for tango. It's best to avoid gym shoes, loafers, mules, boots, clogs,
loose sandals, flip-flops, and other similar footwear that is loose
Although heels are customary for women, flat shoes are perfectly
fine too. And, regardless of gender, if you don't have ready access
to shoes that seem promising, know that you can also participate and
enjoy this workshop at Esalen by dancing with us in a pair of socks.
And if you have a particular question about tango or this workshop,
feel free to write Stephen
before the 16th, or look for Debbie + Stephen at Esalen during the week
of the 17th ...