Melody: Phrasing, elasticity, breath. The part we would sing! Technical tools to interpret the melodic line with the whole body, and to construct an interpretation together from what we can both hear.
Rhythm: Punctuation, reactions, readiness. The foot-tapping, playful layers. Speed without stress, and making choices when there are so many notes flying around! Are we choosing complex steps, complex rhythms, or both? /p>
Drama. When the orchestra uses changes of speed and intensity to move us, it creates big challenges for us as dancers but it also gives us many gifts! By moving just outside our comfort zone in terms of speed, scale and tone, we can ride the waves instead of dancing on the shore.
Versatility Adapting elements and structures to different layers in the music - the orchestras which are not so easy to ‘categorise’, the different challenges of milonga and vals, and the particular interests and questions of the group! What colour is the music painting this rebote, that gancho?