31 January, 2016

Day 1 destination wedding, night party, Pattaya

These pictures are also of day1 but evening time. It was a musical night. 
I have worn this here, here, here, here and here before.
The same evening, I had gone out shopping. Will soon showcase, my priced shopping on the blog.

My friends have been featured on the blog here before. Most of the time we were hanging out together.

Day 1 Pattaya, Thailand, destination wedding

These pictures are of day1 when we reached for a destination wedding. This has been by far, the most grand wedding that I have ever attended. Lot of Bollywood singers were on the stage. There were about 8-9 functions, parties, dances, huge array of food. In the upcoming blogposts, I will post more pictures and descriptions.
What I wore was a Manish Arora suit, that I have previously worn here, here, here and here

26 January, 2016

2nd Delhi Tango Festival


Last 20 days left to your best Tango experience. Tango Fireworks- Three days of passion in mystic India. Live the legend together again. (26-28 February 2016). Registration available for Accommodation, classes (are getting full), milongas, concerts. Please do not be late.  All information is in www.delhimilonga.com


Roberto Massis & Elise Audras
Jorge Richards 
Oscar Wright/ Zen Oscar Tango

Last year many tango lovers from more than 10 countries came to Delhi to enjoy magical unforgettable nights and days. In our second year of the festival, we are getting more passionate and energetic with your support. Tango surrounds our lives, we live it with the most amazing maestros, orchestras and DJ’s of the Universe where we bring on together in Delhi, which is one of the most beloved and historical Cities in the World. Join and share the magical moments with us, we promise your Tango journey will be an unforgettable one.
During the festival days, be prepared for a rich and exciting program, including:
*Amazing Milongas in significant venues.
*All professional sound and light system
*Amazing Dj Cast
*Carefully selected classes from World Renowned Maestros
*Opening Milonga in the American Embassy. Grand Finale in one swanky restaurant with wooden floor and the feel of Buenos Aires complete with old world charm and lamp shades.
*Non-Stop Dancing
*Tango footwear and clothing collections.
*Maestros Performances
*Special Accommodation deals for festival participants in the heart  of Delhi.
*This year all classes will be in main NDTS studio.
*Studio to milonga venue is walking distance.
Of course, tango is the focus of our festival. But as the slogan "three days of passion in mystic India" implies, we think that India should take the lead, so that you can follow the sound and rhythm of this wonderful place. Right after the Tango festival, Delhi sees World Culture festival
Spread over a venue of 1000 acres and expected to be attended by 3.5 million people from 155 countries, the World Culture Festival will be one of the biggest cultural gatherings in the recent times.Besides the big gamut of vivid cultures on display, there would be keynote addresses by luminaries, an interactive leadership forum, an inter-faith meet to boost humanitarianism, guided meditations, and musical and dance performances. The grand spectacle will witness a multitude of dancers, musicians, religious leaders, eminent personalities and people from all walks of life come together to celebrate our enormous diversity. 

To ensure an even mix in the Tango festival, make your reservations as soon as possible, as we are taking limited registrations. Apart from the performances by our featured Maestros, you will also enjoy amazing live band duo performance.  As one of the famous Argentine tango instructors says: “The music is the leader.” That is why we have invited well-known DJs, who bring their experience from numerous international tango festivals. With their festival-tested tango selections, you can be sure to dance joyfully. 
So we hope to see you in end of February, the best time of year in Delhi, where we can tango together into the spring!



Tango/ Milonga/Cabaceo/ Leader/ Follower

I have written many posts about Cabaceo. It is a nice, subtle, proper way to ask a follower for a dance in a milonga. Yet, I am taken aback when:

1. A leader walks up to me and extends his hand to ask me for a dance. 

2. A leader walks across the room/dance floor, to get me or to give me a cabaceo few feet away from me.

3. A leader verbally asks me for a dance. 

4. Follows me to the bar, sits next to me to asks me for dance.

5. Taps me on my shoulder to ask me for a dance.

In all the above situations, do I say yes or do I say? To be very polite, sometimes I say, Okay, I will dance only one song and not full tanda (3-4 songs). That should convey the message- I hope.

Leaders if you want to ask a follower for a dance in a milonga, apply cabaceo. 
Understand that no means NO. 
Do not persist or get offended. 
Everyone is there to have a good time in a milonga. There should be no obligatory dances.
A beginner horse gets a beginner rider and the advance horse gets an advance rider. Improve your skill set of tango. Take lessons and privates. 
Smell good. Have breath mints. Dress well. Wear nice tango shoes (Long, pointed toe shoes or sneakers are a no no). Do not sweat. If you do, have a handkerchief and change of shirt ready. 
Do not pull, push. Have a nice embrace, listen to tango music. 
Just because you can do few STEPS, you do not earn a good tanda with a good follower.

Note to followers- Be a snob. No shame in that. Accept dances from a leader who is good. See whether he deserves you. 
Do not trust him. If you trust him, he will fail you. One look at him, should be enough to tell you that you should not trust him. But shhh! he cannot know. If he knows, he will be very upset. 
Like Argentine woman of earlier times, be on alert, 24/7. She must be self confident, pretty, assured, not worried about doing anything wrong. She can only be right.
If he misbehaves, you say, "no dear. You may do this to other women but with me, you will behave."
Women does not surrender. She takes charge.
Your job is- beauty, form, shape, feeling, embrace, relationship.
Tell him, "come to me". But Shhh! he cannot know. He must interpret your control as your desire for him.
Being in control of a relationship is follower.
Good follower can make anything she wants out of a bad leader.

A good follower knows how to dance independently and rather even make her man look good. She does not wait for the lead because she knows that the leader is an idiot. One look at him is enough to tell her that he is an idiot. That she should not rely on him. That he will fail her. Let him believe that he is the man of the universe. That he is making her look good. Let him take the credit. If he tells her- you are wrong, then she says, 'Yes Dear' and then does exactly what she wanted to do.

24 January, 2016

Dhanurasana/ The bow pose

The bow pose or Dhanurasana is very beneficial. It 

  • Strengthens the back and the core. 
  •  Stretches the chest, neck and shoulders.
  • Stimulates the reproductive organs.
  • Stretches the hip flexors and the quadriceps.

Do not practice if you have high blood pressure, shoulder injury, neck/cervical pain, migraine, hernia, recent abdominal surgery or if you are pregnant.

22 January, 2016

Post workout stretch

This is a good stretch for hamstring, hip flexors and lower back. These muscles need to be stretched after walk, run, aerobics, dancing etc. This is a gentle stretch that can be a part of your cool down. It is always beneficial to increase the range of motion. Stretching helps to avoid injuries and reduces post workout soreness. 

20 January, 2016


Pushups are one the best exercises to tone and sculpt your upper body without any equipments. These help you to build and strengthen the muscles and are a must for any athletes training schedule. They target triceps, pectorals and core muscles. You can do them at any time and any place. You can easily modify them to suit your level. You can do wide grip pushups or narrow push ups, you can keep feet elevated or do wall push ups or on the gym ball. Do try to go as low as possible and touch your chest to the ground. With practice, you will be able to add more repetitions and sets. If you want beautiful and shapely arms, pushups are mandatory.

16 January, 2016

Embrace of Tango

There is a belief that the embrace of tango has other intentions beyond mere dance. What goes through the body in those early stages when we embrace the other before starting to walk together on the musical track? What happens in dance when that embrace melts? Let us know more about the embrace of tango- truths or myths.

Embrace in Tango - Tango and milonga experiences are not transferable, no one can tell or explain to you what they feel when they start moving in an embrace on a particular tango music. The language of tango is very peculiar and only those who dance, know that hugging is part essential to speak this "language". Those who start dancing tango are initially scared to take a class or go to a milonga and to embrace someone unknown. They have inhibitions initially, but once you start dancing, shame disappears and you embrace this code which is rife amongst milongueros. To hug a stranger initially is difficult specially if you have grown up in the culture of "do not talk to strangers." But the milonga is a game where it not only "worth" it, but rather it is essential to be part of this world.

Dancers do not have any myth that hugging has other intentions. Well, we are not innocent, yes, some of it may have. Embrace is similar to a hug like in an office or on the street or in other contexts. When one embraces, there is no direct physical contact, which brings the bodies close. But there are no sexual intentions either. Those who engage in the dance have the sense of touch more developed, and head open enough to understand these new languages ​​that are so subtle as virtual, where there is this physical body, yet are very powerful to communicate .

After researching in the milongas on the embrace and intentions, when I asked people why they danced, most replied that they dance for fun, to improve their dance to connect with your body pleasure, to enjoy, to learn, to disconnect from the world, for personal challenge.

In addition, we know that for milongueros, every hug is unique. There is definitely some space left between the two bodies in an embrace. That space creates an intimacy impenetrable for those outside hug. There is no single way to embrace in tango. The important thing is that the dancers can be united and create a certain complicity between each other. It is the way the bodies unite and allow communication. It is important to conform to the other, because each person has a way of embracing and the combination of the two will create something unique.

Hugging is an area of ​​mutual reciprocity, which is shared, is built and modified in the same dance. You can change shape and contact. The important thing is not to lose the connection.

14 January, 2016

How tango embodies time and space

Tango experience is often referred as Bliss. It is no coincidence that tango connection makes a person reach sublime pinnacle. Amongst all other dance forms, tango seems to unique in its experience. It is often called addictive and alluring. What is it about tango that two individuals with different mindsets, two strong personalities, come together and merge as one? They seem to have same mindsets, they communicate silently, they share the axis, their heartbeats become one, intention of one partner is clearly understood and responded by the other. They move together like one animal with four legs in a close embrace, improvising, embellishing, imagining, smiling and becoming lost in exalted encounter. They become two bodies with one mind, one heart and one soul. There seems to be this paranormal, mystic and occult fusion of two bodies, the dynamics of which is beyond human comprehension. Most of the tango dancers are addicted to this feeling of unexplainable bliss, the connection, the musicality, the meditative mode that they experience during each dance. This is the moment when time and space dissolve. Tango is seductive, flirtatious, graceful, artistic and exquisite.

Lot of scientific research has been done on tango experience that remains a puzzle for many. Human mind has an unlimited prospective to learn. There is scientific evidence that proves that to develop skills for social dancing, the kinaesthetic awareness is heightened. It is the sensory skill that body uses to know where it is in space. The nerve receptors which send specific information to the brain are definitely functioning better in a tango dancer, as compared to a normal individual, which makes tango dancers more aware of their space. The brain of a tango dancer has inadvertently learned to move backward without knocking down things, to identify the edges. There is heightened awareness about impetus and extra senses in action.

Human minds and bodies adapt and respond pretty quickly.Whenever you work with a particular object continuously, it becomes an augmentation of your own self. For a pianist, a piano feels like second skin, a violinist knows his violin like a back of his hand. Similarly, there is scientific evidence that shows that for tango dancers, another body is like an augmentation of their own self. Here two bodies, four feet move simultaneously on the same beat. Tango is not just a dance form. It transcends beyond. It is meditation in motion, it is connection and relationship between two individuals and embodies time and space. It is romantic, spiritual and profound.

11 January, 2016

2nd Delhi Tango Festival

Tango Fireworks- Three days of passion in mystic India.

Hey Delhi people! Are you gearing up for this super exciting Tango festival happening in your very own Dilli? Whether you are dancing/learning tango or you are a beginner, do not miss this opportunity to take lessons and be a part of this fun filled 3 day festival.

Tango festival coming up- 26th Feb-28th Feb2016
You can see the pictures of the first festival in the gallery.

             Roberto Massis and Elise Audras

Roberto Massis is an Argentinian. He started dancing since 1977. After he discovered his immense attraction for dancing, Roberto emerged in dancing as his passion and professional career.
Elise Audras is born in a little village named Etoile sur Rhone (Etoile means “star’ in French) in France in 1974. She started Classical Ballet in 1979, and moved to Modern Jazz and Contemporary in 1990.
Roberto and Elise met in Jordan. The beautiful connection between Roberto and Elise incited them to share their passion for dancing.

Elise joined Roberto as his Dance partner, both in Latin dances and Argentinian Tango.

Roberto and Elise teach and perform in Europe. They are both passionate about teaching and performing.

Students of their classes enjoy learning about musicality and music interpretation. They fully understand how to create the connection with the partner, deeply feel how their own body works, and achieve movements in a smooth and fluid way. They know how to create variations around a step, how to manage the space on the dance floor and improvise, while being able interpreting the Tango music more easily for a joyful moment of dance.

Students can expect detailed information about Tango technique, encouragement to exceed their own limits and personalised feedbacks, in a welcoming, enthusiastic and friendly environment.

Roberto established Argentine Tango in Jordan in 1998 and in Palestine in 2010.

He founded Roberto Dance Academy in 2009 in Amman.

                             Jorge Richards

Jorge Richards is a musician and tango instructor from Panama City, Panama. He started his musical studies as a young teenager with classical guitar. Tango came in the late 2010 to Jorge’s life by the hand from a devoted teacher that had just returned from Buenos Aires to reunite with her family, and quickly became a long life passion.

While working and studying a engineering degree Jorge had to strive to fulfil a strange calling that arouse from the Tango classes, and finally visited Buenos Aires in the year 2013 to know the real milonga landscape and study Tango guitar from the original source. Upon returning to Panama Jorge got together with some friends to start the TEP (Trio Experimental PanameƱo) to perform live tango in the Panamanian milongas in order to bring more people interested in dancing.

After many years of dedication, Jorge’s tango teacher had to leave to country in 2014 and he took the responsibility of keeping the tango community alive and sharing the knowledge of empowering people through Tango in a country in which not tango, but Salsa is the mainstream social dance. However Jorge’s cultural heritage could not be avoided the tango and salsa dancing got mixed up into a new and playful Salsango style that is fun and easy to grasp, given that you know Salsa and Tango.

After many years living in Panama, Jorge left the country to travel to Europe and India, looking for new adventures.

                             Oscar Wright


Oscar Wright recalls as a boy, a great aunt in Mexico who would recount, with sweet nostalgia and glazed eyes, while listening to scratchy 33 LPs, the tango dances she attended  in the 40s, “those days were magical...the elegance, the music”., she would muse

It is here that he began to love tango

Back in Texas, his father would take the family to Spanish language outdoor cinemas and among that potpourri of films were included some of the classic Argentina tango films.

At the age of 16 years he eagerly awaited every Thursdays at 7:00 PM for his favorite radio program being broadcast from a super station in Mexico called, “Reminiscencias Del Tango”

He would watch as his mother engaged in mesmerizing solo  improvised tango dances


It was at the University of Texas that he began to study yoga and had his first exposure to Zen Buddhism. He engaged in a study of various dances. He eventually received a degree in Philosophy with a concentration in Epistemology.

Many years later, following a lifelong dream, he moved to Florence Italy where he finally began a serious study of tango with Argentines Igancio Elisari and Luciana Andres. He continued his studies in private lessons with competent teachers in France, Germany, Italy as well as other teachers from Argentina including some of the renown names customarily cited for credibility, i.e., Pablo Veron, Gustavo Naveira, Ricardo Barrios, Luis Castro. However, he eventually crossed paths with Mariachiara Michelli who would be his most influential teacher


Mr. Wright began teaching in 1998 in Florence, Italy...he later taught in a number of cities in Italy including Milano and Rome….Later he returned to the United States where he taught in a number of cities including Austin, San Antonio, San Marcos and New Braunfells

He has taken his Zen Tango seminars to United States, Denmark, Romania, Germany and France, New Dehli India, Tuscany


But his success as a teacher is almost exclusively the result of lots and lots of dancing in milongas with dance partners of different sizes, ages, types, styles and abilities and applying classical methods of analysis,

“what makes a good dancer”,
“how do people learn”,
“what is the main problem in learning to dance tango”,
“what are the psychological impediments to learning to dance”,
“what is the essence of dance”,
“what is the essence of movement”...


He began to apply various psychological methodologies to help students overcome mental blocks in learning to dance especially the classical “performance anxiety”.

To this key problem he began to reflect on how certain psychological approaches might assist in this endeavor; in particular those of Carl Jung and Rudolf Steiner.


He began to apply certain principles of Zen Buddhism like breathing and visualization, being in the present, meditation.

Eventually, these studies and reflections evolved into Zen Tango including key axioms like:

“you are already a dancer inside”,

“each dance step is in perfect equilibrium, in the present, in a pause”,

“your body is like the fine brush of an artist and in its movement you create colors”


Mr. Wright reflected on how key concepts of physics might explain and assist in attaining excellence in tango movement. This included Einstein’s theory of relativity, both the special theory and the general theory to give insight into a tango movement  in a period of space and time.

My Wright combined this with classical American principles of motivation in particular those of Zig Zieglar whose seminars he attended


Mr. Wright began to reflect on how these concepts might help turn tango into a whole system of mental well being reflecting on the nature of:

“what does it mean to be happy”,

“what does it mean to be serene”,

“how does one attain self confidence”.

Over the years, his Zen Tango evolved into a successful method eliciting comment like, “I had tried a number of times to learn tango with other teachers finally succeeding only with you”..

.He applied his method in teaching tango to people with Parkinson’s Disease


In the fall of 2013, while dancing at a milonga in Rome, in the audience happened to be the reknown Argentinean orchestra leader and composer Armando Kreiger (friend and acquaintance to some of the legends of tango like Astor Piazzolla).

They soon became friends and Maestro Kreiger invited him to do a series of performances with the dance company of Arena of Verona and eventually (c. spring of 2015) to do a performance at the legendary Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires of which he is musical director.

In May of 2015 Maestro Krieger invited Mr. Wright to do a performance for the Embassy of Argentina at a major event at the Country Club Gandolfo near Rome

Maestro Krieger has invited Mr. Wright to dance with his orchestra in a forthcoming tour of various cities in the world


Mr. Wright continues his studies through observation and reflection on the nature of tango and dancing and body movement; on the power of tango to ascertain:

ever more effective methods, principles expressed in metaphors to bring out the maximum excellence in a tango dancer

One major key is understanding human nature and how to motivate

Workshops with Roberto Massis & Elise Audras
Jorge Richards 
Oscar Wright/ Zen Oscar Tango

Day 1. 26th Feb
Time 3.30-5 pm
Oscar Wright/ Zen Oscar Tango

Ikebana as a metaphor….Essentialness, Simplicity, Elegance, Power

Breathing and Visualization in Tango
  • powerful technique to help us become better dancers

Being in the present...dancing in the present moment
  • We speak about and concentrate on a precise point on the forefoot
             ….here we seek perfect equilibrium
……..”there is no future, there is no past”

The physiological aspects of body movement
  • it is in the human DNA
  • learning body movement

Perfect Equilibrium/Balance
  • perfect equilibrium on the outside *( leg supporting weight) and inside *(psychological….serenity, self assuredness)
  • renders power and flexibility in dance

Create colors as you dance (

5-6.30pm, 6.30-8pm
 Roberto Massis
2. Understanding Milonguero, Salon and Nuevo Styles
  • Technique and Musicality in Milonguero Style - Emphasis on Rhythmic Tangos employing turns.
  • Technique and Musicality in Salon Style - Emphasis on Romantic Tangos and the quality of the pause.
  • Technique and Musicality in Nuevo Style - Emphasis on Dramatic and Modern tango with possibilities of style mixing.

 3. Musicality/Fast and slow dynamic. Management of orchestras.
  • Understand & Feeling of the music & its Melody.
  • Align your emotions & energy with the music rhythm.
  • Exploring the possibilities that different orchestras offer.

8-9.30 pm
Jorge Richards
4. From Gross to Subtle
Action from beginning to end, the purpose of this class is to develop awareness about the movement of energy in the tango dance. Many partners exercises, games and sequences designed to increase perception and sensitivity and apply it to the Tango Dance.

Day 2. 27th Feb
Time 3.30-5pm
Oscar Wright

1. The Power of The Tango Walk

Changing of Weight
  • the leg that sustains the weight is in the present
  • the free leg moves first with maximum extension
  • then we move the torso - perpendicular: clean movement, essential…always seeking that magical perfect equilibrium.

The Tango Embrace - a defined and secure structure
  • tight and secure
  • in the present moment
  • united with the soul of your dance partner…”the soul of your dance partner is your shadow”
  • Hand Clasp - "Your soft hand is a woman of itself,/And mine the man’s bared breast she curls inside." *(Robert Browning)

Walking - The Powerful Use of Empty Space
  • body perpendicular….essential...simple...transparent...
  • with each step we seek the pause….” the pause is magical...feel the scent of life”

The Tango Walk With Your Partner  (the power and the magic !)
  • Simple….Essential...comprised of two important elements...the pause and the present
  • With a tight and secure embrace
    • you lead with the proper psychological attitude….like actors on stage...the script says, “you are a tango dancer and you don’t doubt it”
    • you must enter into role and character of being a tango dancer
    • you lead by listening to the music..by immersing you soul in the music…in the present
Learning to give without expecting anything in return…”The Key To Real Love” *(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emCEFdq78Js)
5-6.30pm, 6.30-8pm
Roberto Massis
  • Effortless Volgadas: All Secrets of Volcada Technique
  • Connection with partner & embrace.
  • Mixing Volcadas, reverse Volcada with Ganchos & lifts

  • 3. Vals musicality & dynamic.
  • Musicality and Dynamic Turns for Vals.
  • Spicing Up Your Vals: Creating Contrasts with Different Qualities of Movement.
  • Challenging Rhythms, Syncopation and Beyond.
8-9.30 pm
Jorge Richards
4.Crash course on Tango Music Theory and how to use it in our Dance.
Basic knowledge about music theory and the Tango Music. This class is focused on recognizing musical patterns as means to improve the interpretation and musicality of the dance.
Day 3. 28th Feb
Time: 1-2.30pm
Oscar Wright


1. Relaxed and a rigid structure are both present in the same moment
  • Heraclitus - ”all existing entities are characterized by pairs of contrary properties"

Exercises to increase awareness of your partner

Interpreting the music through delicious pauses….”Possibility In Immobility”

Understanding your partner...listening to your partner *(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FOVivh8baY)

Overcoming fear and doubt

Dancing in Milonga….A Spiritual Exercise *(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIFyrGIceGg)
  • above all we teach people  to dance in a manner which is  essential, transparent, powerful
  • The essential steps and figures necessary to dance in a milonga…

  • practical suggestions for having success in a milonga...Proper Etiquette

How to ask someone to dance….how to accept...how to refuse...proper conduct….how to dress...how to overcome doubt...how to attain self confidence...how to be successful in a milonga
Jorge Richards
2. Tango Meditation. A touch of Yoga to our Tango practice, or backwards?

A workshop aimed at consolidating the knowledge of the previous classes in an attempt to experiece union and intimate conection in the tango embrace. How can it feel like to have 4 legs?

Time 4-5.30pm. 5.30-7pm
Roberto Massis
3. Colgada.
  • Making Colgadas Effortless: All Secrets of Colgada Technique
  • Linear, Circular and Continuous Colgadas for Open and Close Embrace.
  • Challenging Combinations! Mixing Colgadas with Barridas, Sacadas and Ganchos.

  • 4. Pulpo.
  • The legs may be interlaced and hooked together, in the style of Octopus.
  • Sequence step: Trap Sacadas, Wrap Sacadas, Drags, basic Ganchos.
  • Find your balance, pivot & connection.

Venue for classes
NDTS studio
E-193, Greater Kailash-2, Delhi.
Evening snacks and soft drinks will be served to all the participants.

Grand Finale Milonga on 28th with performances by Maestros.
Time 8pm onwards
Venue: Zai, Local shopping Complex, Greater Kailash-2.
Wines, snacks and dinner on the house.
There are many hotels in Greater Kailash-2. All are walking distance from milonga and workshops.
The area also has many bars, coffee shops, restaurants and banks.
Disclaimer: Do your own research. Organiser takes no responsibility for these hotels. We have no direct tie up with any of them.
Rs. 7500/- for 12 workshops
Rs. 900/- for each workshop
Milonga Rs.750/-

Rs.10,000/- for 12 workshops
Rs.1000/- each workshop
Milonga Rs.1000/-

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