Tango is like a puzzle with your body
— Gabriela Condrea
Last week, I sat down at my current favorite Starbucks location with Gabriela Condrea to talk about dance, connection, stroke survivors doing the Tango, and TangoStride. We talked about how she got into Tango, how anyone who can stand (with assistance) and bear weight for 10 seconds, can dance. Her students tell stories of having a great time, meeting new people, improving their balance, and getting better at walking while having fun.
Gabriela first connected with the Tango in Peru nearly 10 years ago. Before she discovered how powerful it could be for folks with disabilities, she wrote a book of life lessons she learned on the dance floor. When 1+1=1: That “Impossible” Connection came out in 2011 and was a natural project for this language arts teacher.
In the ensuing years Gabriela would continue to travel, to teach, and to learn as she developed the program that would first come to be known as NeuroTango and now as TangoStride.
Dance is no replacement for traditional therapy on a mat table, but it’s a fantastic supplement for survivors and their partners. Check out some of Gabriela’s videos here:
If you’d like to know more about TangoStride, see more videos, or connect with classes, check out these links.
|Tango Is About the Connection (Gabriela’s main site)||http://tangoisabouttheconnection.com|
|1+1=1 (Gabriela’s book on Amazon)||https://amzn.to/2JG6D6u|
|Gabriela’s YouTube Channel||https://www.youtube.com/c/gabrielacondrea|
|Facebook: Tango is About the Connection||https://www.facebook.com/TangoisAbouttheConnection|
|Instagram: Tango is About the Connection||https://www.instagram.com/tangonconnection/|
|Gabriela on Twitter||http://twitter.com/gcondrea|
|TangoStride on Twitter||https://twitter.com/TangoStride|
|Tango Happy Hour on Twitter||https://twitter.com/TangoHappyHour|
Some of my students physically need support to stand, but all of my students need each other to dance.
Hack of the Week
Opening tight jars is hard enough with two-hands, and it’s extra frustrating with only one. I just want my darn pickles!
The solution I found is the EZ Off Jar Opener (Amazon affiliate link). It attaches under my kitchen cabinets. It grips the jar lid so I can hold and turn just the jar with my unaffected hand. Since it’s permanently attached, I don’t have to hunt for it in draws when I want it.
It also works for closing jars.
Were do we go from here?
- To learn more about Gabriela or TangoStride, click here.
- Do you have experience with dance as a stroke survivor or a desire to dance? Tell us about it in the comments below.
- Subscribe to Strokecast in your favorite podcast app.
- Don’t get best…get better.