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Sin to LIft Your Spirits Up

If you have been wondering what I do with part of my time, I am gonna spill the beans . I have been splurging myself with sin these days.Not sexual sin , but the sin to see people embrace in dancing.I joined the KL Tango Club .

I am proudly gonna introduce you to the world of Tango. This suave dance has really entice me an seeing them dance so gracefullly made me wanna follow suit. After Learning basics, you can really do it free style.

Styles vary in Tango: Argentine, French, Gaucho and International. Still, Tango has become one of our American 'Standards' regardless of its origin. The Americanized version is a combination of the best parts of each. The principals involved are the same for any good dancing. First, the dance must fit the music. Second, it must contain the basic characteristic that sets it apart from other dances. Third, it must be comfortable and pleasing to do.

Phrasing is an important part of Tango. Most Tango music phrased to 16 or 32 beats of music. Tango music is like a story. It contains paragraphs (Major phrases); sentences (Minor phrases); and the period at the end of the sentence is the Tango close.

For exhibition dancing, a Tango dancer must develop a strong connection with the music, the dance and the audience. The audience can only feel this connection if the performer feels and projects this feeling. So it is when dancing for your own pleasure -- and your partner's!

"The Tango is the easiest dance. If you make a mistake and get tangled up, you just Tango on." (Al Pacino in "The Scent of a Woman.") Movies that featured Tango dancing include "The Scent of a Woman", Madonna's "Evita" and "True Lies" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis.
They hold it at Frangipani or Little Havana on Wednesday nights for Beginners and on Sundays for advanced and Intermediate Class. This has been featured in THE STAR. The Tangueras Instructor is none other than Marguerite Brodie.You can email her at for more details . Talking about details. They are gonna start a new class with Runa Baagoe, a fine lady with a toes to lift and lead you.
I found her grace profound and really uplifting dancing with her.

Sometimes life throws you in situations that you seem you can't handle but actually it is a path leading to your destiny no matter how difficult you feel it is , you will some how feel the moment not to regress and felt its alright, you wipe away the tears and start to smile and move forward. Living in Malaysia do has its share of being in a rat race like Singapore, where expectation is high , everyone is rushing to get material stuff , to succeed, to have a family , to retire and to travel around the world. But somehow , time just stop a second , and I found ephiphany that seems indescribable .

here is an excerpt from a forwarded email i received. Enjoy reading.

At Swedish company, Volvo, any project here takes 2 years to be finalized, even if the idea is simple and brilliant. It's a rule.

Globalize processes have caused in us (all over the world) a general sense of searching for immediate results. Therefore, we have come to posses a need to see immediate results. This contrasts greatly with the slow movements of the Swedish. They, on the other hand, debate, debate, debate, hold x quantity of meetings and work with a slowdown scheme.

At the end, this always yields better results.

Said in another words:
1. Sweden is smaller than Thailand
2. Sweden has 2 million inhabitants (8% from Malaysian Total Population).
3. Stockholm has 500,000 people.
4. Volvo, Scania, SAAB, Ericsson, Electrolux, are some of its renowned companies. Volvo supplies to NASA.

The first time I was in Sweden , one of my colleagues picked me up at the hotel every morning. It was September, bit cold and snowy. We would arrive early at the company and he would park far away from the entrance (2000 employees drive their car to work). The first day, I didn't say anything, either the second or third. One morning I asked, "Do you have a fixed parking space? I've noticed we park far from the entrance even when there are no other cars in the lot." To which he replied, "Since we're here early we'll have time to walk, and whoever gets in late will be late and need a place closer to the door. Don't you think?" Can you imagine my face?

Nowadays, there's a movement in Europe named Slow Food. This movement establishes that people should eat and drink slowly, with enough time to taste their food, spend time with the family, friends, without rushing. Slow Food is against its counterpart: the spirit of Fast Food and what it stands for as a lifestyle. Slow Food is the basis for a bigger movement called Slow Europe, as mentioned by Business Week.

Basically, the movement questions the sense of "hurry" and "craziness" generated by globalization, fueled by the desire of "having in quantity" (life status) versus "having with quality", "life quality" or the "quality of being". French people, even though they work 35 hours per week, are more productive than Americans or British. Germans have established 28.8 hour workweeks and have seen their productivity been driven up by 20%. This slow attitude has brought forth the US 's attention, pupils of the fast and the "do it now!".

This no-rush attitude doesn't represent doing less or having a lower productivity. It means working and doing things with greater quality, productivity, perfection, with attention to detail and less stress. It means reestablishing family values, friends, free and leisure time. Taking the "now", present and concrete, versus the "global", undefined and anonymous. It means taking humans' essential values, the simplicity of living.

It stands for a less coercive work environment, more happy, lighter and more productive where humans enjoy doing what they know best how to do. It's time to stop and think on how companies need to develop serious quality with no-rush that will increase productivity and the quality of products and services, without losing the essence of spirit.

In the movie, Scent of a Woman, there's a scene where Al Pacino asks a girl to dance and she replies, "I can't, my boyfriend will be here any minute now". To which Al responds, "A life is lived in an instant". Then they dance to a tango.

Many of us live our lives running behind time, but we only reach it when we die of a heart attack or in a car accident rushing to be on time. Others are so anxious of living the future that they forget to live the present, which is the only time that truly exists. We all have equal time throughout the world. No one has more or less. The difference lies in how each one of us does with our time. We need to live each moment. As John Lennon said, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans".

Congratulations for reading till the end of this message. There are many who will have stopped in the middle so as not to waste time in this globalized world.

Catch this video I uploaded . I manage to stumble on this video clip with the conversation before the dance. Its from THE SCENT OF A WOMAN . The conversation is so titilating. Al pacino is such a smooth talker , the body language prevails so much attraction and gist ,so enjoy the video.

This is glimpse of the music you get the feel when u are dancing tango. Truly Authentic.

As there have been more requests for tango classes, Runa Baagoe has kindly agreed to start another Beginners' Class on Tuesdays and the venue will be at Bom Brazil (upstairs) 19 Cangkat Bukit Bintang, with the same format as at Little Havana. This means that entrance will be RM 10/-- per person which includes the first drink (beer, soft drink/water). Class fees will be RM 25/-- per person paid up-front in a 4-package deal RM 100/-- (to be used within a 3 month time frame) or RM 30/-- drop-in rate. Please email/sms ( or +6012 369 5472) Runa directly if you are interested. If 6 people confirm, she will start the first class on 27th February, 2007