26 July, 2014

Criticism and how to deal with it

“You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
― Winston Churchill

“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”
― Aristotle

“I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.”
― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Any fool can criticize, complain, and condemn—and most fools do.
There was a painter, who painted a beautiful painting and put it on the road. He put a banner with it that read- If you find flaws anywhere, please put a pin on that spot.
The next day, whole painting was filled with pins. 
Then he put another banner. Please correct the mistakes. If you cannot, then please remove the pin. As expected, the next day, the painting had no pin on it.
Moral of the story. When you do anything, the world  comes forth to complain, criticize and of course pull you down. Do not give up on your decisions or what you think is right. Do not succumb to criticism. Just carry on with what you think is right. 

“It's easy to attack and destroy an act of creation. It's a lot more difficult to perform one.”
― Chuck Palahniuk

“The motive behind criticism often determines its validity. Those who care criticize where necessary. Those who envy criticize the moment they think that they have found a weak spot.”
― Criss Jami

25 July, 2014

Sonika's Birthday

It was a lovely Birthday party in Habibi, in Saket. Below I am with the Birthday girl, who looked stunning.

What I am wearing is a suit from Ritu Kumar. I had to go for a very important conference right after the party. Hence, this seemed apt for both the party and the conference.


This was the conference I went to. PHD chamber. I received this memento. I was the guest Speaker and I spoke on wellness and medical tourism in India, amongst ministers and IAS officers. Official photographs would soon be sent to me.


Dhoom 4

24 July, 2014

Tango festival in Delhi and pre festival workshop with Daniel Trenner

New Delhi Tango school is bringing in 

Tango Fireworks.

Three days of passion in mystic India.

Save your dates. Tango festival coming up- 27th Feb, 28th Feb, 1st March 2015.
  • This festival will have  
  • Live Tango band of 5 artists from Europe.
  •  2 International Tango DJ's. 
  • 3  famous teachers from Argentina. One teacher has over 30 years of experience. 2 super famous teacher from US- Daniel Trenner and his partner.
  • Non stop tango workshops, performances and milongas.
  • Visitors from different parts of the world. 
  • A trip to Taj Mahal for the visitors.
  • Yoga workshops by renowned yoga teachers.
  • Well known photographer to cover the event.
  • Stalls of tango shoes and tango clothes.
  • Indian hospitality.
  • This event will be covered by top notch media.

Check this space for the details about fee etc.

There is pre festival workshop with Daniel Trenner for 28 hours, spread over 7 days.
Just to let you know- Daniel does not travel anymore to give workshops or be part of festivals. Anyone who has to learn from him, has to go to him and his school in Florence, where he stays. 
He is a legend in Tango. Because of my personal relations and endless appeals, he has agreed to come to India for this workshop of 28 hours spread over 7 days.
I can assure you, Daniel gives you something much more than Tango. He changes your perspective and outlook of Tango. Your Tango, not just improves, there is another dimension added to it. 
We would not take more than 30 participants. This is your one and only life time opportunity to learn with Daniel Trenner. 

                                                                     Daniel Trenner

Argentine Tango Intensives with Daniel Trenner, of New York & Massachusetts, USA, with a partner TBA

All participants always together in one room... Experienced dancers get all 28 hours with Daniel and partner, plus Milonga w Performances. Beginners get 22 hours if they don't qualify for block #2. But experienced dancers must attend block 1 as well. All experienced dancers will benefit from a review of the basics Daniel style… :)
One of Tango’s first modern pioneers, and a consummate dance teacher, Daniel played an important role in spreading the discovery of the social, improvisational Argentine Tango we enjoy today. Beginning almost 30 years ago he studied with, interviewed, filmed and organized for the oldest generation of dancers in Buenos Aires. The focus of this program is the revealing of ‘real’ social Tango, as it evolved through the generations of “milongueros”, and especially understanding the archetypal relationship between leader and follower.

Tango is comprised of the union of two “voices”, lead follow, male female, yin yang, often referred to as “connection”, the “holy grail” of a social dancer’s search. In the golden years of tango (1940-50) in Buenos Aires, these roles were aligned in society and the dance. In modern times they are no longer.

Men in the 1940s "studied" Tango  in classes, or practicas. There they learned both roles, practicing back and forth between them. Women learned in the family, from trusted males, and went to the Milonga, or real social dance setting with the expectation of only being led well. A new beginner leader never touched a female, and would have been ashamed to dance with her.

In the Modern Tango world, men and women attend classes together. Often this creates confusion as they are asked to learn in a non-traditional way, with male and female beginners learning together, with each learning their own role exclusively, something that would NOT have happened in the Buenos Aires of the 1940s.

In Daniel's class we will explore the traditional roles with a modern attitude. Everyone learns both roles which is the traditional approach, but women attend class, which is modern. Be prepared to challenge yourself to empathize with the other by embodying their role as well as your own. This is the essence of Daniel's approach, a modern tango fusion of learning styles. It is why Daniel is so effective.
Thursday, Jan 8, 2015

Everyone together!

Part 1-    2 hrs…

Daniel's famous "Tango from Zero" - An Introduction to tango for absolute beginners is delightful and makes it possible for even the most doubtful. This is a great opportunity to give people their first Tango experience; perfect for your reluctant two-left-footed friends. Complete novices are welcome! Experienced dancers too!!  Learn how to introduce newcomers to tango. Bring a new dancer and attend with them!

Part 2- Video Lecture     2 hrs

Tango: History and Mythology, A lecture with video and graphic imagery from Daniel's extensive collection.

Tango is an experiential art, when danced socially, and a powerful performance experience, when presented on stage. These two faces of tango have evolved simultaneously over the last 100 plus years. The success of tango as a cultural phenomena is measured by its journey from the dance and music of the impoverished mixed race Porteno (Argentine) slum, to the cabarets of early twentieth Paris, to Hollywood, back to the flowering of tango culture in Buenos Aires during WW2, and finally in its modern revival as a social dance experience.
Friday Jan 9- Weds Jan 14 late afternoon 2 hour block #1

Tango Foundations for Everyone: Tango through the Lens of its Default Vocabulary. Basic Tango vocabulary, musicality, and communication skills, in an atmosphere of curiosity and investigation. Participants will receive a tour of the grammar of social tango; basic movement, and lead and follow, the hardest part of Tango. Different Tango Styles will be introduced. Ease and efficiency with this material underly all the complexity of serious tango development. We will proceed to fundamentals of Tango's technique (Follower's Mind) and architecture (Leader's Mind), and the decorations of each. This coarse will prepare the participants for the Milonga, social dance experience, and allow them to join festival classes for experienced dancers.  Come with or without a partner. Bring your most comfortable shoes and a pair of clean socks. No tango or dance experience required.
Evening Activity Block

Friday, Sunday, Wednesday…  2 hr class block #2

Ongoing Tango Study for experienced dancers already learning the form: We will begin a review of Basic Tango vocabulary, and communication skills, and build from there: Embraces- open, close, and flexible. ; Salida's- the Argentine Social Rituals ; Complex figures and patterns. ; Squares & Spirals- advanced turning vocabulary: Nuevo Tango- modern alterations in the tango vocabulary. ; Decorative Adornments and rhythms. ; Milonga & Vals- Tango's Sibling forms. Come with or without a partner.

To enroll in this section you must have completed a beginner class with Kiran, or at another school, or be an experienced tango dancer from another city. If you are not sure if you qualify please have a direct conversation with Kiran.


Video Lecture Tango Dancers of the Modern Revival, 1980s and 90s. 2 hrs

An eyewitness account of tango’s reemergence as a modern dance, including the impact of tango’s major figures. We will watch full length exhibitions of famous stage dancers, influential milongueros, revival generation teachers, and the first protagonists of the Nuevo Style. Daniel is a tango historian, this is your chance to find out specifics about where and how tango came to life again!


Q & A with Daniel  2 hrs

Bring your questions about Tango's history and modern revival!!

Tuesday Milonga w Performances


Final Ongoing Study Class

We will take maximum 30 participants for this workshop. For fee structure, refer to this page.

Daniel Trenner is a dance pioneer. From the late 70s until the early 90s he was an innovative Jazz, Modern, and Post Modern dancer. He happened on Tango in Buenos Aires in 1986 while teaching at the State School of Contemporary Dance in the San Martin Theatre. He was one of the first young people involved in tango's revival. He studied with, interviewed, filmed and organized for many of the Milongueros, the older generation dancers. He has been called a “Johnny Appleseed of Tango” for his 20 years of touring as a tango teacher, visiting more than 100 cities on 4 continents. He was one of the early proponents of teaching tango by its elements, he created the first Tango tours to Buenos Aires (Bridge to the Tango,bringing more than 1500 people dancing in 7 countries), and the first Tango store in North America (The Tango Catalogue). He produced more than 80 volumes of Tango Instructional Video, with more than 40 artists (BttTV). He visited Montreal in the 90s ran the first years of the Montreal Tango festival (Tango Locura- 1996-1999). In 1998-2000 Daniel ran an intercultural exchange in Havana Cuba. He settled in Northampton, MA in 2002, and is presently teaching at Smith, Amherst, Mt Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges, and the Performing Arts High School (PVPA). Read more about Daniel Trenner at www.danieltrenner.com See the rerelease of much of his video archive at itangocafe.com

“Cristina and I have known Daniel as a friend and tango mentor for many years now.  Throughout the years he has he given us much needed advice for the art of teaching tango and also for working as a full time instructors. In addition, Daniel has shed much light on the development of tango historically from the Golden Age and, in a first-hand account way, since it’s reemergence as a global social dance in the 80’s and through the 90’s. This is much needed information, which without Daniel’s thoroughness of documentation and attention to detail, would otherwise be lost or mired in a state of utter confusion, gossip, and make-believe. The United States tango scene owes a great debt to Daniel for his early pioneering work, vast community building efforts, and scholarly recordings.  In truth Daniel was and still is the bridge to the tango for many of us...”
- Homer & Cristina Ladas


Daniel's experience in tango is almost unparalleled of any teacher I know.  He was studying tango in Buenos Aires in the 1980's with many milongueros that are no longer with us and not only learned from, but documented a lot of them on film.   Because of this he has a unique perspective in the tango world today -- bridging the old and new styles and being able to transmit his knowledge to students in an informed, entertaining, and well-thought out manner.”

- Alex Krebs

“Daniel Trenner was knocking on the door of Buenos Aires to discover the world of Argentine Tango long before any of us knew it existed!  With his extensive dance background he was able to decipher much about Argentine Tango in this very much underground scene of the late 80s and early 90s and by spending one on one time with the authentic Milongueros. Luckily for all of us he was also a great teacher and shared his knowledge with dancers all over the United States as he traveled and also through an extensive video collection in which he documented so much of his discoveries about Argentine Tango. Daniel is truly a fountain of knowledge and experience when it comes to Argentine Tango. An opportunity to study with him is one I highly recommend!”

- Christy Cote

daniel trenner

                                    Daniel pictured with Elina Roldan of buenos Aires

                                     Daniel pictured with Claudia Bozzo of Buenos Aires

                                      Daniel pictured with Carmencita Calderon of Buenos Aires

21 July, 2014

Meeting Melissa

Today I met Melissa. She is from Arizona and is writing an amazing book on Tango. We had so much in common to discuss. We knew so many common people from the tango world. The experiences we shared were incredible. It was woman to woman, tangueras bonding. Things we talked about gave me goose bumps. It was so endearing to meet her. If we were not pressed for time, we could have talked for days, sharing our experiences. 

19 July, 2014

Feet of tango dancer

The two sesamoid bones at the base of the big toe [under the distal end of the first metatarsal] are designed to support the weight of the whole body between the two of them. 
Where exactly should be the weight of the follower?
The weight should be placed forward on the metatarsal i.e the ball of the foot. When walking backward, the follower should lead with her base of the toe, followed by the metatarsal. Then she should transfer the weight over the supporting leg by elongating the calf and bring the heel down. Do not be only on your toes all the time. The weight bearing leg is elongated and the free leg should be dangling freely from the hip. This applies to all steps- forward, side and back. By lifting the rib cage up, the follower is never hanging on the leader but stands on her own axis.
This is what my feet look like. I have shown then earlier here.
See under the metatarsal

The heels are soft.

18 July, 2014

Group therapy in mystic rainy weather

Girlfriends bonding is cure for all your problems. You get dressed up, discuss clothes, shoes, make up, vacations and forget everything else. Love it.

If you got to pose, pose like this.