I love Valses
My cradle rocked in the North end of the Black Forest in South West Germany. Gee, how long ago was that? There, most of the folk dances were in the three-fourth beat of the Waltzer, slower than the Wiener (Vienna) Waltzer, but just like Tango Vals. At the fairground we would hop around to those rhythms, meaning, I am used to this movement since early on in life.
For me, a good vals has a tempo that supports the dancers, not too fast that it becomes a struggle, if it drags on too slowly it stifles my joy. I guess I have a sense for the right tempo … Sometimes I adjusted the tempo of a piece to suit. Tell me what you think.
There is more to it.
A good vals varies in tempo and in expression, the tempo would slow down during a peaceful walking section (to give the dancer a rest) and then speed up again during the twirling parts. I think it makes sense and adds more fun to the dance.
I also think and feel, vals creates a stronger connection between the dance couple. The emphasised beat is generally stronger than in other dance styles and it invites to express this in the dance. I can hear it right now and I hope you can feel some of the reasons for my passion.
Click on “Valses” at the top of the page, or on “Traspie Milonga” just below to get there.
Yes, indubitably, Traspie Milonga is my second favourite Tango style. I am inspired by the happiness of the music, which makes it easy for me to express myself in mischievous ways and steps.
I enjoy the variation of rhythm; the pizzicato evoking the traspie and counterpoint movements and slower pace of the full beat inviting the flowing strides and twirls.
Once I uploaded enough of them, I will add a few faster Milongas… unless, of course, you ask for it. By the way, traspie means to stumble.
Amadeus W. Tangoduster