I’ve been involved in movement disciplines for a big chunk of my life. I’ve been involved with Argentine Tango for a while now and have been challenged by the dance on a number of levels. Awareness and control of my body, navigation, musicality, social dynamics, and broader community issues, to name a few, have all challenged me at one time or another. As an introvert, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about these various things, developed approaches to help me resolve specific issues, and am currently boiling things down into two broad categories. The things I can control. The things I can not control. These are the two elements in The Serenity Prayer. As a reminder.
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
It’s really hit home recently that there are a number of things within Argentine Tango that I can not control. I have to find serenity around those things. Have to. Part of finding serenity is identifying those things I can control, focusing on them, and doing those to the best of my ability. What this means for Tango House of Madison is that I’m going to be putting a lot more effort into my marketing, pedagogy, and teaching preparation. I can not control who shows up, what they do with my information, how long they choose to study, or what other Argentine Tango activities they support. At the very least, if someone decides to study at THoM, they will be given a clear map to developing the skills necessary to dance well. Whether they choose to follow the map is up to them.
I will keep to my vision of a large, vibrant, skilled dance community filled with comfortable dancers. Musical dancers. Responsive dancers. Dancers that can dance a square. Dancers that use the simple codigos to create an environment within which everyone can have at least a chance of creating the magic this dance holds.