AN APPROACH TO TANGO THERAPY

Karen has been working for a long time with dance therapy. As a session leader and teacher of professional development in Touch Trust (a pioneering charity using dynamic, creative techniques to enhance the lives of those with profound physical and learning difficulties), as a creator of Dance your Feelings (a therapeutic movement and dance company) and as a Biodanza teacher and director of the IBF school in Cardiff, ). Also, she was invited to give special workshops in France, South Africa, Argentina, among others places.

She used tango music in her classes because of the power of the impact that the music has on the people.

From here, she did special workshops, working only with the music of tango. In addition, at the same time because we like the dance we went to “Milongas” in the UK.

In 2007, we heard about the benefits of the tango dance on the body and mind of the dancers. Also about a technique called Tango Terapia or Psicotango in Argentina.

We contacted Federico Trosero (author of the book “Tango Terapia”) and also Monica Peri and Ignacio Lavalle Cobo from the “Dinzel” Group – Psicotango, and we began to work with Tango Therapy as an independent experience.
Also with other therapists around the world like Massimo Habbib from Italy, director of Tango Therapy Italy.

The application of tango music and dance as a therapy to help people and the response from the participants was an amazing experience.

However, we needed to introduce some modifications, tango, as a therapy, was usually applied in Argentina and Spanish-speaking communities where the meaning of tango was already known for the people as well as the Latin music rhythms. But in groups of non-Spanish-speaking people they seemed to miss something.

There is a gap between the tango music and how the non-Argentinean and non-Spanish speakers understand it.

This was something that we noticed before, when we went to the Milongas in the UK. Some dancers dance the tango in a very nice way, but it is only a sequence of tango figures.

They do not create they own choreography; they miss the most important in the tango dance: the creativity and the real connection with the partner.
That it is because they cannot understand the tango music and the tango codes.

From here, we incorporated into the classes / sessions specific exercises to teach and help the participants to incorporate in their bodies the tango soul.

Even if the main application of Tango Therapy is to help people, we also found
another application to Tango Therapy Technique focuses in teaching tango dance to non Argentinean and non-Spanish speaking people and the classes can be for people who want to learn tango dance and also for those who are tango dancers but wish to explore the creativity.

“An approach to Tango Therapy” is a concise and practical introduction to help the formation of Tango Therapists

Karen & Martin