Buenos Aires diary, March 31, 2023
Tango is more than just a dance. It's a journey that one embarks on, filled with experiences, emotions, and connections. Through the journey, we meet and dance with others, sharing our life stories while dancing, and sometimes even exchanging our stories around tango verbally. Each person's journey in tango is unique and filled with personal meaning.
It's been three weeks since I arrived in Buenos Aires and I've been having a time of dancing with heart again. I met an old dance partner of mine, Marité, soon after my arrival, and we've been catching up on our tango life ever since.
We used to dance with each other on and off when I lived here 11 years ago, but we never really talked much. However, since my return, we've been sharing our tango life stories while dancing non-verbally, and sometimes even verbally.
Marité told me about her interview with an online tango channel, and I found her story quite interesting. She seems to share many common views on tango with me, so I got her permission to share it with my friends.
Marité started dancing tango 20 years ago after being invited by a friend who sings tango. At first, she did not like it, but eventually fell in love with the dance. Tango evokes an accumulation of emotions in her, including excitement, passion, and connection with others. She considers the milonga a magical place where one can forget everything and focus on the dance. Tango is a unique language that allows for total communication without speaking. For Marité, tango is her life, and she has committed herself to it. The tango embrace means healing and is a magical experience that makes her forget all her problems. She expects the milonga to have a good floor, a DJ that plays good music, and friendly people with whom she feels comfortable. Finally, she is a fan of D'Arienzo orchestra and believes it cannot be missing at any milonga.
For those who are interested in watching Marité's interview about her dancing, it is available on YouTube. Simply click on the link below and make sure to click on "cc" to see the English subtitles. In the interview, she shares more about her tango journey and experiences, as well as showcases her beautiful dancing given at a book presentation of "Danza Maligna II" by Horacio Pagano.
As we continue on our own tango journeys, may we always remember the magic and beauty of this dance and the connections we make along the way.