Talking about definition of a práctica, most people take it as a casual milonga. I never thought it this way. And the difference should be far from suggestions like “no teaching of your partner in a milonga.”
For the definition of a milonga or tango culture, check this UNESCO untangible culture heritage of humanity intro. It is práctica we’re talking about, not tango, not milonga, but practice.
Homo Sapiens practice a lot in our lives. We practice walking, we practice talking, we practice how tell that our parents are upset and better don’t tantrum at that time. Practice is basically the method for us to learn any skill. But how?
I’ll focus on tango prácticas here. There’s three findings worth sharing:
Repetition in trail and error. Mere repeating is not enough. If you repeat your own fault movement over and over, you just guarantee that this mistake would surely happen again and again. An ocho, for example, that you always fail to wait the follower to finish her pivot before going forward, or that you always rush going backwards before your hip is at where the direction he suggested, shouldn’t be repeated but fixed.
In this case, try to complete the “ocho” your teacher or dancers better than you are can do. There could be tips for both sides, such as “Leading never completes the pivot, it’s the waiting for her pivoting to where the direction is that completes. You can’t do it alone.” or “Do not leave your spot until it’s all stable to go next.”
The essence of practice here is trying the same movement in DIFFERENT ways to approximate what’s better than you did.
Purpose-oriented ideas. Unfortunately, most of us learning tango ideas in words. Ands words are often never unified or very confusing. The most confusing part of ideas in words are those which your body doesn’t really understand how it should feel.
There are typical format of suggestions that you can’t really practice with:
a) Don’ts. Yep, don’ts, such as “Don’t cross your feet.” “Don’t be so stiff. RELAX.” “Don’t keep your knees strait, don’t bend it. Keep the FLEX in your knees.” Sounds familiar?
b) Analogies you can imagine but your body can’t, such as “Project your leg.” “Feel more grounded.” Often heard, right?
c) Step-by-step anatomy. “Turn from chest, then hip, leg last.” “Back ocho: pivot, finished, then walk backwards.” Sorry if i ruined your day by indicating these.
Those suggestions are themselves correct, just can’t be put into practice. Let me make examples for purpose-oriented ideas to practice on:
a) “Keep the flex in your knees TO KEEP THE CONNECTION SOFT, not crushing with every of your step.”
b) “Project your leg, TO WHERE YOUR AXIS IS LANDING NEXT.”
c) “Don’t step out of a pivot BEFORE YOU’RE STABLE FOR THE NEXT STEP.”
Without the purpose of a movement, your body has no clue how relaxed, ow much firmness, which direction is the right way to do it. The essence of practice here is to know what for to practice how to.
One thing at a time. Being a taekwondo competitor and a coach for years, this is the most important idea I learnt from my training. There’s always thousands of things we need to fix, but our body is designed for one mission at one time. Multitasking is possible, when you already know how to do anything, not when practicing to improve your skill.
When you focus on the footwork of a complicated gancho sequence, you may bend your back downwards. When you so want to catch up the milonga double beat for traspié, you may miss other beats for musicality. It’s fine.
It’s important to spare yourself and your partner in a práctica for mistakes OUTSIDE of the one thing you’re working on at the moment. Just make sure you’re practicing exactly the idea you’re working on and don’t spare yourself too much of it. Or it’s not practicing.
With these concepts, I never mix a milonga with a práctica. I go to prácticas for practice, to milongas for dance and friends.
大部分聽到關於 práctica 定義的討論，都圍繞在舞會不該做的事情（例如教舞伴跳舞、做自己根本不熟的大動作）。只討論這個，就好像試圖定義什麼症狀是不健康的，卻不討論健康是什麼一樣，沒什麼建設性。
c) 身體部位動作分析。「轉的順序是胸、髖、腳」「除了自由腳以外，boleo 時全身其他部位都不動。」
c) 「Boleo 的自由腳可以大動作揮鞭，是因為全身其他部位為它的反彈維持平衡。」