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Some of you might know that my current obsession is the Argentine tango. This is my attempt at convincing more of my non-tango friends to pick up the dance. Friends who tango, if you are reading this, please do comment, discuss and correct, if needed, any misrepresentations that you find here.
So, why tango?
Dancing is a basic human expression of creativity and emotion. Dancing with another person is an opportunity to connect, play and develop a mutual understanding – all of which are fundamentally human things to do.
Dancing makes you feel good about yourself. It gives a distinct sense of accomplishment. It contributes to your happiness, awakens your senses, and enhances your positive outlook on life. As my doctor told me, “I’ve never met a dancer who’s unhappy.” It contributes to your self-awareness and confidence.
Tango improves your posture and walk and makes your movements coordinated, grounded, yet light and graceful. It helps you work on your balance and motor co-ordination. Argentine tango has also been shown to improve memory and multi-tasking skills.
There is really no other dance that I know of where just walking with someone in the embrace can feel and look so good. It’s a dance that just keeps giving. Where else can you embrace an aquaintance, feel totally comfortable within that embrace, and create something spontaneous and wonderful together with no strings attached?
If you are new to music and dancing, tango offers new ways for your self-expression. Argentine tango is improvised. That is the key to its allure. No two dances are ever the same and every dance is coloured by the partners’ personalities.
Tango is something that everyone who can walk can learn, with some practice and patience (much like walking). If you think of it like learning a new language or a musical instrument then you’ll be on the right track, and you don’t need a partner to start. You also don’t need to be able to dance any other dance to excel at tango!
Of course, tango can also enrich your life as a couple. If both you and your life partner decide to join the world of tango, it can create a wonderful bonding experience, a prospect to do something new and exciting together.
If you are single, tango offers you an opportunity to meet new people and join a community that embraces you with friendship and love, whatever your age and background, and you will be able to practice or dance Argentine tango wherever you are in the world.
There is a whole worldwide community of tangueros (tango dancers, f. tanguera) and, wherever you are, there is likely to be somewhere not too far away to go to in for a milonga (tango social), or even a practica (tango practice), to meet new people, dance and, most importantly, enjoy yourself. It can easily become your passport to many new cities and countries if you take the time to learn the dance!
Gentlemen, developing confidence and competence in dancing – and especially tango – gives you major sex appeal, since it demonstrates vitality, playfulness, creativity, intelligence, and good physical communication skills. So make sure you don’t mind getting a little more attention from women before you start tango. Ladies, make sure you, too, don’t mind men finding you more attractive than ever.
At a milonga, it’s usual to dance with a number of different people through the evening. You can dance with ten partners every night, or just one. Around the world people are dancing the same dance, with infinite unique variations.
Tango is good for the mind, body and spirit! It keeps you active, it’s fun, it gives you all the excuses you need to wear nice clothes, and it can have a wonderful effect on the way that you relate to others.
Tango provides a surprising escape from daily routine. It allows for communicating on a level that goes beyond life’s daily responsibilities, when two people can share something that goes beyond words or explanation (“Tango contributes something that many feel is missing in 21st century life—the sense of touch and connection, up close, warm and personal.”) Immersed in music and self-expression of the moment you share with your partner, you suddenly feel hardships and worries disappear. Sometimes they do not even come back
[Watch out! It can be addictive … An obsession, a lifestyle for aficionados. The bond formed during the dance feels so elemental to our well-being that dancers get hooked and want to repeat the experience as often as possible! ]
Tango has no age limit. Less demanding than golf, you can do it as long as you can walk.
Play a part in safeguarding and ensuring the continuity of an intangible cultural heritage of the world.
- Why Dance Argentine Tango (Tango Bohemia)
- Frequently Asked Questions (Tango Paseo)
- Why Men Learn Tango (Tangolingua)
- Why Women Learn Tango (Tangolingua)
- Why learn to dance Argentine Tango? (Rainbow Argentine Queer Tango)
- Why Tango? (Lehigh Valley Tango Society)
- Argentine Tango FAQs (Tango Edge)
- Press (Woodstock Tango)