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A First Analysis of the Lived- Work of Ballroom Dancing

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Word Count: 1830 A First Analysis of the Lived- Work of Ballroom Dancing Introduction The purpose of this final assignment is to express how the lived work of everyday activities such as learning ballroom dancing can teach us about who we are and how we go about turning these tasks in to ordinary activities. In particular this paper will concentrate on the coordination of work of it's participants in the collaborative task of the tango. Coordination of Work in the Collaborative Task of the Tango: Learning the heart of the tango is not about the rigid codes, any more than it is in the sequence of footsteps we learnt. The heart of dancing the tango is about communication and what works for the individuals. Personal disposition plays a huge impact on how we produced the look of the tango. Attitude, presence and intention are subjective factors that contribute to the development of good posture and balance. For example, the first time we attempted to learn a sequence of the tango my husband did not want to participate, he was doing it purely as an obligatory favour and has never had any intention of learning any dance. This lack of enthusiasm effected our ability as a couple to master the look of togetherness, emotional and intellectual cooperation between a man and a woman, which is essentially what the tango is all about. ...read more.


How was my husband as the leader supposed to communicate to me what his intention was?. Missed beats and stepping on toes led to frustration which led to discussions and reasoning on how we can communicate our moves more effectively. My husband suggested using subtle signals with his hands eyes and body. These were not random or spontaneous but were created as a means to communicate with coherence what was next without having to speak. For example, when we were commencing the dance he would slightly nod his head to let me know that this was the beat to start on. I knew what beat to start on, but this nod of the head gave me the reassurance that we were both on the same page. When we came in to do the basic corte he would we would need to change direction he would apply some pressure on the small of my back either on the right or left side depending on which direction we would be going. These subtle signs from the leader to the follower are imperative to the flow of the tango, but most texts concentrated on the footwork and structural aspects of the dance. The Problematic Ocho & Coordinated Balance: Being attuned to what your partner is doing is essential in learning the tango. Mead's description of taking the role of the other initially gives the impression that he is referring to role behavior. ...read more.


positions so we can invent on the spur of the moment a way to move to another position without missing a beat. These orderliness of these observable actions were produced by me & my husband, the participants in the activity while producing the look of the tango. Dancing the tango is a social activity - we may think we are in control, but how we move is determined by the pace and the direction of the situation in progress. Conclusion Dancing the tango is, in a sense, communicating to reach the goal of producing the look of the tango by the individuals participating in the activity. The tango cannot work when one partner has to broadcast his moves to the other or when one partner does not want to do the dance. Society, like the tango, requires that sense of unconscious collaborative communication. Learning to interact with courtesy and manners, like learning to lead and to follow, allows society to dance with unconscious coordination toward the betterment of all of its members. Analyzing the lived work of the tango we made a few discoveries about how we as individuals interact with each other in the production of this activity. For us as a couple learning the tango was a great experience, we achieved something together that we probably would of never attempted to do on our own. The time and effort it took to learn the dance was well worth the pleasure we later received. ...read more.

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