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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly delightful read, 4 May 2006
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D. Press "A Bookworm" (Midlands UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tango Zen: Walking Dance Meditation (Paperback)
As a tango dancer, I am all too aware of the tension in tango between the show and stage style and the more intimate milonguero style. There has been a tendency for the showy style to be considered to be more advanced but, in truth, the levels of skill, musicality and connection are so much higher in milonguero. I was so delighted to discover this book which encapsulates within a fusion of tango and zen, all that is wonderful in tango. This book ought to be required reading for all those who find the athletic, gymnastic form of tango neither possible nor to their taste. Power to your elbow Chan Park! You have made an old tanguero very happy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are not lucky enough to be taught by Chan Park, then you must at least read this excellent book., 20 Jun. 2011
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Chan Park is one of the finest teachers of tango. He is at the very peak of this art.

He teaches like no other tango-teacher. How many tango teachers can say that?

Unlike the run-of-the-mill (though very good) dancers, who take to teaching, Chan is an exception. He dances wonderfully and he teaches sensitively.
Few others combine this so well. Teaching is an art and few possess the ability; fewer still are also great dancers. Chan is both!

The majority of travelling tango teachers perform fancy tricks that have been well-practiced & overly-choreographed beforehand, that are designed to impress students. That's fair but few of them can teach well.

Every once in a while comes a teacher who can leave you feeling like everything that came before was somehow lesser; and everything that comes after Chan Park is better. This is the reaction to Chan Park's teaching, from all of my friends, who have studied with him, in Germany, in Italy, in America and in Argentina, where he lives, in Buenos Aires.

Chan Park has taught in over 20 countries and is probably one of the best known of the best known Argentine Tango dancers alive today; for Chan Park is one of the few: Naveira, Salas, Veron, Arce, Rodriguez, Frumboli . . . Chan Park.

Chan Park is, in my opinion, a quiet genius because he has developed a unique approach to teaching tango; an approach that really benefits the student be he or she a beginner or advanced. He really is value for money and this book, little though it may be, contains an awesome amount of tango teaching 'gems'.

If you have not been lucky enough to be taught by Chan Park (and very often his workshops are over-subscribed and booked-full way in advance) then you must at least read this excellent book.

If you are lucky enough to get a place on one of his TangoZen courses you will not be disappointed. I see that in 2012 he is due to spend a weekend teaching at the "Tango : Triora" event in Triora, in northern Italy, so make sure you get along there, from 25-28 May 2012. See: [...] italiandream.info for more on that rare event.

ZEN? Do not be put off by the Zen element. Chan teaches pure tango, and he brings it from Buenos Aires. Chan is an excellent example of a Porteno traditional tango dancer. He will teach you a way to dance traditional tango that you never knew was possible. Zen is a label he uses because he has found that a higher state of consciousness can be reached when dancing tango well. He is not wrong about that!

This book is also available in Espanol and in Italiano. French and German copies next ... I look forward to seeing so many of his pearls of wisdom appearing in these languages too, as those poor souls are missing out at this moment.

Chan Park is also a tango film-maker and his film "Tango Your Life" will be out in 2012. Well worth waiting for!

As for this book ... 10/10! Top value for money, especially from the Marketplace sellers above.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little book with a lot to say, 29 Mar. 2010
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Angelique (Herts, England) - See all my reviews
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I can't recall what made me order this book - maybe it was the title, I don't know - but when it arrived, I was surprised by how small it was. However, the beauty of a small book is that it can be carried around in my bag without any hassle and that's just what I do. It has turned out to be a source of subject matter upon which to meditate and is just an absolute delight. I'm so pleased with it and would certainly recommend to those who really want to seek the true essence of tango upon that journey deeper within themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab, 30 May 2014
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I found this book so simple to read and it has clear instructions, so I have been able to practice> I would highly recommend this book to anyone that loves tango and sees it as a form of therapy and meditation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tango Zen book by Chan Park., 20 Jun. 2014
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Lovely little book, interesting and helpful info. Lent it to friends several times. A book you can refer to again and again.
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