Improve workplace relations & productivity
Events / Entertainment
Entertain your delegates with a Tango show, or break the tension of your workshops with a Tango class. Tango helps to reduce adrenaline & cortisol levels and increase dopamine. Delegates will have fun, break old habits, be receptive to new ideas and return energised and receptive to the business at hand.
A Tango workshop, as part of any corporate training or industry event can assist with participants to open their minds to learning processes for:
Tango is based on improvised movement. Change leadership becomes much more effective when leaders learn to improvise.
Asymmetry, based on a trusting relationship, is highly effective in providing clarity, a visible sense of direction and quick decision-making. Understand the difference between Direction and Directions.
Embrace emotion, protect pride - Tango plays out a vocabulary of emotions, which are commonly unacknowledged in modern change management concepts. Tango dancers protect each other’s pride by turning mistakes into deliberate moves. Good leaders should similarly seek to ensure their employees take pride in what they do, supported to shine, are pushed to their limit, but not beyond, and that their pride is not hurt in any upheaval.
In a 2013 study, it was found that Tango induced clinically relevant decreases in stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia, and increases in mindfulness, which were maintained over time.
Tango not only raises mood, but also has a demonstrable impact on the distribution of stress and sex hormones. The stress hormone cortisol decreases while dancing, whilst both partners experience elevated levels testosterone and dopamine.
Dance is known to engage more regions of the brain at one time than any other activity. Tango requires continual, fraction-of-a-second, decisions from both partners as they respond to one another’s subtle physical cues. These decisions are random and not predicted, or predictable (like golf or chess). Because of the random nature of many tiny decisions, the brain continually forms new neural connections.
Confidence building / skill development / teamwork / people management
Tango requires a level of skill and confidence. It also requires a sense of when to act and when to wait. It is an exercise in give and take, question and answer. That is why we call Tango a silent conversation between two people. These are life skills that are practiced in a dance.
Confidence, posture, balance and strength are all improved.
Tango requires a person to be centred. Even though a Tango couple are working intimately together, each one must be personally centred, in full control of their balance and actions for the dance to work properly.
Social behaviour / respectful relationships
Pierre Dulaine (Dancing Classrooms / Dancing in Jaffa) demonstrated the value of dance in building respectful, appropriate relationships. he says, "When you touch someone with respect, everything changes". Dancing can assist people to understand and develop respectful workplace relationships and avoid disruptive social behaviours including bullying and sexual harassment.
Tango is creative. At its best it is not a collection of rote-learned “figures” or “steps”. It is created from moment to moment, responding to the music, your partner and the people around you. As soon as it is created, it is gone.
Improved learning outcomes
Dance is a language of physical exercise that sparks new brain cells (neurogenesis) and their connections. These connections are responsible for acquiring knowledge and thinking. Dancing stimulates the release of the brain-derived protein neurotropic factor that promotes the growth, maintenance, and plasticity of neurons necessary for learning and memory. Plus, dancing makes some neurons nimble so that they readily wire into the neural network. Neural plasticity is the brain’s remarkable ability to change through out life.
Mindfulness & flow states
The Flow state is a state of maximum performance with apparently minimal effort. It requires a combination of skill, concentration and challenge. Tango, because of its combination on skill, concentration and improvised creativity can help participants experience and recognise the flow state in their work and life.