Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A new post at last

Hi All Isn't about time.....Well it's the 22nd Feb 2007 I am in Ireland and in 2 weeks I will be back in BsAs (for the 6th time) hopefully for at least 6 months if not longer. We'll see how it all pans out. The dancing still has me captivated. I plan to continue my studies and practice. Let it take me where it does. Hopefully I will update the blog occasionally and let you know whats up!!!. All the best for now.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

DJ of the Tango Practica during the World championships

Hi all,
In August between the 22nd and 25th, I DJ'ed each night for a 2 hour practica during the Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires. There are a few photos on my Flickr site here. Unfortunately I have to report that AZABACHE has closed it's doors for the time being.
I will be returning to Ireland on the 25th of September bring to a close another 7 months of tango study. As soon as the debt is cleared and a few bob saved it is back to BsAs.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Alive and well in Buenos Aires

I had lost my login stuff to here but figured it out and am back in. I returned to Ireland in September 2005 am arrived back in BsAs February this year. I currently DJ at a milonga "AZABACHE" every Tuesday night from 10 till late. If your into Tango and your visiting BsAs do drop in and say hello.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Split up ..Dance partner.....Tango dance championship

The last month has seen the life of me turning on a pinhead. I've split up with the girlfriend moved to a new appartment, found a dance partner and friend. There is lots to this but maybe I'll save it for the Biog. We've entered into a Tango competion to represent BsAs in the 3rd Tango world championship The first round was held last Wednesday in La Ideal We were one of 17 couples in the competition. 3 tangos were played for all to dance to. Trasnochando by Miguel Calo, Cara Sucia by Carlos Di Sarli and Pensalo bien by Juan Darienzo. I know these tangos very well so it was just a matter of getting on with it. Six couples on the floor at a time for the 1st 2 lots and 5 for the last display. 2 couple were picked by the judges and 1 couple is selected by the public. A dozen or so mates came to vote and support us. The venue was almost full as Gustavo Naviera and Gisselle Anne were performing.
We were one of the two selected by the judges so we are through to the semi finals in a fortnight. If luck continues on our side the finals are on the 26th of June. Followed by the world championship on August 12.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Intensive dancing.....Bandoneon in my house

Hi all, it's been over 2 weeks since my last blog, my excuse is I have been back dancing with similar intensity to the first time I was here. Up to 12 hours a day. 7 to 10 hours most days. Usually 2 classes and 2 milongas, every now and again there is a third class or pratica added. It feels like I've had a bit of a breakthrough in my dancing. It all goes very well at the milongas. There is still a mountain of stuff to study and integrate but bit by bit it is sinking in.
I am moving into debt again the whole world lives this way and survives and my debt is only a few thousand Euros, wouldn't buy you a car in Ireland. I'll survive a way will find me and take me with it if it's jail so be it.

In the last month the dancing has changed considerably much more relaxed and flowing. All the technical training allows the dancing to manifest itself without having to push or pull my partner around not that that's what, was going on. But it can take some practice so see where the pushing and pulling goes on, the more you practice 2 possibilities arise, ones habitual way of dancing becomes more ingrained or one develops sensitivity to the way one moves, there by enabling one to eradicate habits that choke natural movement in the dancing.
For me relaxing the mind is the key to enabling this awareness. As soon as you focus on one thing the 557,982 things are forgotten about. A relaxed awareness just noticing what's going on in both your body and your partners. In this space one can start to notice where the tension is, then you find the way to let it go. I find that when I find out about these possibilities I don't leave them on the dance floor but bring them with me into my life off the dance floor. It is interesting what comes to light when you use awareness instead of focus. Don't get me wrong there is a need for focus sometimes but I'm finding it less and less usefull.

Other news I've purchased a
BandoneĆ³n on behalf of a friend in Ireland. It may turn out that I'll bring it home which could be several months away. This allows me an opportunity to learn it. I played the accordion as a young fella 30 years ago, more recently I learned the Irish bagpipes, spent 2 years learning the pipes. So if the motivation arrives it will done with gusto.
The spanish classes have been a wash out I have missed most of them, being out till 3 or 4 in the morning doesn't make it easy getting up at 8.30. I am not motivated to learn it at any rate. Fortunately I have enought to get by and not just use hello, goodbye, please, and thankyou.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Cold drinks.....falling chandaliers........On TV

Well the fridge is back up and running running so hard there was a glacier starting in the ice box and dropped tomatoes were shattering. So a new thermostat was installed seems good so far. Fiona has arrived from Ireland and is nearing her first week in Tango Mecca. She is having a great time. Trying on some shoes yesterday all that was said "I could never wear these" we'll see about that. She brought a fresh supply of chocolate thanks for that. There's a bandoneon player visiting tomorrow to show me an Instrument he wants to sell. A friend wants to buy one so I'm the go between. Should be fun I plan to record it. First time I'll have recorded a Bandoneon. I'll see if he let's me try it out. Melina Braufman's week end seminar went fine it was about using exercises to feel the way energy moves in the body. 2 X 3hour class and not a single tango was played. In the same place on Wednesdays they hold a new practica called "Al Reves" where the boys pretend to be girls and vice versa, plenty of strange music also, on Sundays there is a Milonga I will be there this Sunday. In La Confiteria Ideal one of the chandeliers fell and hit an elderly gent who I 'm glad to say has survived. But on the news reports afterwards they show some stock footage of dancing in a milonga which featured me. So everywhere I go people tell me I saw you on the TV. I was wondering why there was so many funny looks recently. Had a fun night in Portena y Bailarin last Tuesday, but it used to be that here would be free in and you would have to consume a minimum of $4 of drinks. Now you have to pay to get in and again to get out. Seems silly to me, shouldn't it be one or the other?

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Web Site offline

Hi A short post to say that I took the Gerrysantangoman website offline on the 2 April.
I plan to create a more comprehensive Blog in the near future stay tuned. Thanks to all who tuned in, hope to catch you later on.

Abrazos Gerrysan