INTERVIEW WITH LUKAS VALSECHI!
Lukas Valsechi learned tango at a very young age and has spent his adult life mastering the art and wants to spread his knowledge all over the world. As a teacher, Lukas utilizes metaphors to help students connect with musicality. He also focuses on improvisation to help people understand the value of communication and connection. Catch him at Sangha Space this Thursday, March 24th, for tango clinic at 7:30pm with the lovely Kristina McFadden.
Come see, come dance!
WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
An area in west Argentina, called Mendoza. The country is very well known for making the best wines in all of the subcontinent.
HOW DID YOU ENCOUNTER TANGO?
I was exposed to the music at age 2. My parents and grandparents were always huge fans of tango. So I started learning tango about the age of 2 or 3. Then when I was in high school at the age of 16 or 17, there was a weekend workshop and joined the class to be with a girl. Then she quit and I kept going.
ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NEW TO TANGO?
They need to focus on the basics, and it’s about to make the person who is dancing with you feel the best. It doesn’t matter which level you have, which level she or he has, it’s just about making that person feel they are the most important, most smart, and most beautiful. That’s all you have to do. Focus on them.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE TANGO IN 3 WORDS?
Most beautiful dance
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT EXCHANGING ROLES?
It’s a better way of knowing and really getting the basics of how difficult the other role is. You need to go and try a move and realize how difficult it is. Once you do it, you know how difficult it is to ask another person to follow you or lead you.
For men to really get how difficult it is for women to follow, they [women] have a brain that’s way farther than us [men]. They can do what we can never do: know and decode what is in my brain in one second and turn it into a beautiful movement. Every time I tried to do that I messed it up, so we like take our hat off, and Women, you are doing a great job.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT TEACHING AT SANGHA SPACE?
That food 5 seconds ago was great! The people really are listening and like, being connected with Krissy and with Me. She talks or I talk and I can feel the students are paying attention and listening. The movement may work or not, but they’re eager to learn. That’s cool and that’s something you cannot find in many places. People are not afraid of getting close. The students just engage… so that’s cool, that’s really cool.
SOME SAY TEACHERS ARE LIFELONG LEARNERS. WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU ARE CURRENTLY LEARNING MORE ABOUT OR WORKING ON AS A TANGO TEACHER?
Cool, cool question. In the last 2 or 2 and half years, I’ve been learning how to make movements way faster and way smaller than most people do. I want people working at 100% of speed. And if you want to get to that speed make movements really, really small and tiny.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TANGO SONG/ORQUESTRA?
You know, you don’t like the same music when you are 15, when you are 18, when you are 20. You’re going through different points in life. At 17 I hated red wine, at 30 I can’t imagine my life without it. So, my taste is getting complex, I’m getting better, no? “Pugliese” by Di Sarli is what I enjoy the most now.
WHAT OTHER ACTIVITIES (BESIDES TANGO) DO YOU ENJOY?
I love to have wines, taste wines. I share that interest with my family when we get together. Go to the gym and run a lot. Physical things. I read when I have time. I love philosophy.
IF YOU WERE TO WIN THE LOTTERY, HOW WOULD YOU SPEND YOUR TIME?
Oh, very nice question. Lately, I feel happiness helping people to dance better. It’s a really nice for me to see people, like, going out to dance and feeling more self confidence. So I think I’d create free places for people to dance in the world. Of course I would try to teach in places where people can’t afford classes. So I’d open free dance schools all over the world and just invite people to come and dance.
WHAT’S SOMETHING SECRETLY AWESOME ABOUT YOU THAT PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW?
I cook really well! If I don’t make it as a dance teacher I’m going to be a chef. I will open an Italian restaurant. I’m half Italian too so like pasta, pizzas, right away, 5 minutes!
ANYTHING TO ADD TO THE END?
If anyone has more questions, come meet me in person to learn more!