Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Tango Video of the Week #4 - Ney Melo and Jennifer Bratt

Well, another week of slaving through several, nay DOZENS, of tango videos in order to bring you a video I have selected arbitrarily and inflicted on all of you.

This week's tango video is a demonstration of tango in a small space. And by "small space", I mean "a circle of chairs that leaves about two feet to dance in."

The dancers are Ney Melo and Jennifer Bratt; they're subscribers to the Villa Urquiza style of tango (the style favored by Geraldine Rojas and Javier Rodriguez from Week 1), and you can see how the emphasis on embrace and on beautiful walking works to keep the dance interesting and vivid even in cramped quarters. Watch especially for their tiny side steps that still manage to drag on for two full beats. Lovely.

(I am still not sold on this particular embrace, but that might be because I'm a little taller than most women and this embrace just makes my elbow stick out to the side like some kind of crabdancer, which isn't very alluring. My physical oddities aside, though, this is a very popular and pedigreed stye of tango, so if it works for you, dance till you drop!)

They clearly love the dance, and it's infectious, which is how it should be; no point in watching dancers who don't feel anything.

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