Argentinean Tango Meets the Feldenkrais Method
5/3/2017
Katherine Wieseman, PhD, GCFP
I had my first Argentinean tango dance experience in a friend's living room, standing in stocking feet. He pushed the play button on his iPod and invited me into a salon-style embrace and embodied conversation that I could not intellectually comprehend. As we were dancing, I kept stopping and asking, "How is this possible? I'm following everything you are leading and I've never danced tango before in my life." It was as if my body knew exactly what to do when from each of his clearly led invitations. His friendly and warm response was, "Just shut up and keep dancing. Every time you stop is a harsh interruption." So I shut up, smiled, and glowed for the remainder of the song. I was hooked! A week later, I was taking three tango lessons a week and attending a weekly practice session, traveling forty-five minutes or a half hour to get to each one, since there's no Argentinean tango in Sequim where I live. I even bought a pair of low heels so I could look like a dancer and be positioned on my feet in a way that projected my persona and energy towards my dance partner. The fact that I was surviving and thriving in heels was a miracle unto itself. The last time I remember donning heels was some thirty years into the past; the heels being clogs, and I fell while wearing them more than once.

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The Feldenkrais Method and the Dancing Hip
by: Cathy Paine, GCFP

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I was a professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher for over twenty years when I first began to experience stabbing pains in my right hip. X-rays indicated arthritis, a condition that affected my mother when she was about the same age.

My doctor said the arthritis would probably not worsen, but in any event, dancing wouldn't affect it one way or the other. I could dance without fear of damaging my hip joint-- if I could ignore the pain. For six months I kept working, but I was in pain, unhappy, and very worried about the future.

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