Tuesday, June 9, 2015

What Is Tango?

Tango is a vibrant and playful dance between two people. It has the potential for rich expression, improvisation, and connection and is danced in both modern and traditional styles. It is often described as a passionate dance, because of the close connection partners can have, the character of the music, and also relating to some of the dance's history. At the heart of Argentine tango in NYC is the desire to listen to, understand and converse with the person you're dancing with, through this unique language of dance. So tango can be many things for different people. Almost any type of music that can be walked to can be tangoed to, which means just about anyone can do it!

Tango is sharing a moment of intimacy and understanding with another person. In tango, there is a leader and follower. Through the embrace, the leader offers invitations to the follower for where and how to step. The follower decides in what way they will accept the leader's invitations. Both leader and follower try to maintain harmony and connection through the embrace, and with the music, and so the dance is born. Like the symbols of yin and yang, the roles of leader and follower each have a little of the other within them. Tango is a collaborative process, which encourages the development of sensitivity, clarity, trust, and respect. With tango it is like there is no past or future, there is only your partner and the music in constant flow. Come in and Tango with us today!