Much time has passed, many things have happened but let me get this straight: I'm still drawing tremendously on all the things you so generously taught me end of february / beginning of march this year. I developped my dance in many ways in the meantime, but your lessons are to this day of unmeasurable value when I'm trying my thing. Tango is so great, cause no matter how crappy you day has been, Tango allows you to live in the moment - just like a child does naturally.
Because as with many subjects, doing something perfect and teaching it in a perfect way are separate things. And guess what? Rebecca Shulman has all the creative ways of teaching it. Even the names of the classes were different than the usual technical terms, reflecting her approach.
I loved her dance style but most importantly the way she would get it across was impressive, sometimes using math anologies… Showing creative tricks, I still remember and use the "Maradona steps"… She made me think of the role of the "follower" in a different way and the ways to lead as a follower, the fact that the follower has a way to respond; has an option to choose from the many possibilities.. And to explore the possibilities in tango. Taking "music" as the key character in dance, giving it all the respect it deserves.. And that there is a possibility in tango for playfullness.. and yet being elegant..
Of course who we are shapes the way we do things. At this point the audience can make a guess about her incredible personality.. and the fact that she has many areas of interest, from math to philpsophy and languages and music… also makes her an incredible teacher. "
As a dancer, Rebecca possesses a unique beauty that combines air-like lightness and solid presence in the dance and in the moment. Her movement is effortless yet poignant at the same time. Above all, Rebecca's dancing always somehow manages to enlighten the music. Every time I watch a video or a live performance of her dance, I hear something new in the musical piece she is dancing to, regardless of how many times I had heard it before.
I highly recommend Rebecca as an instructor and a role model of a modern day tango dancer. She is inspiring, caring, and possesses a great love of the art of tango that she instills in her students. I miss her greatly and wish to be able to study with her more! "
Basically, suppose I were going to build a search engine of Tango. A powerful, comprehensive algorithm to summon up images, stories, movement material, musical references, everything, from the past twenty years of the Tango Renaissance, fully customized to any query. One that could be used totally fluently by both leaders and followers. One that could totally interpret your search term and provide a rich array of steps, ideas, perspectives, opinions that would skyrocket you forward. Well, they already built it ! And she's called Rebecca Shulman."