The Spiritual Path of Milongueros
Looking back to my time living in Buenos Aires between 2008 and 2012, I remember having an interview with a journalist who asked me a thought-provoking question, “Tango is about expressing, through dance and music, nostalgic feelings of longing, loss, and love, often associated with the immigrants' experiences of leaving their home country and loved ones to pursue a better life in Argentina. How do you relate yourself to such feelings?”
I answered, “We know the expression through dance and music is universal. I believe I experience a strong spiritual connection to the music and dance when I dance tango, entering into a state of heightened awareness and connection with the energy and beauty of the world around me.”
Since then, I have encountered many theories as to how and why milongueros chose tango as a way of life.
Some milongueros see the dance as a way of finding a sense of belonging and community, especially if they feel disconnected from other aspects of society. For others, it may be a way of expressing themselves creatively and finding fulfillment in their art.
For some milongueros, the act of dancing tango allows them to connect with something beyond themselves, and to experience a deeper sense of meaning and purpose in their lives. This connection may be both personal and universal, as they feel a sense of unity with others who share their passion for the dance.
Many milongueros also feel a deep spiritual connection to music and dance and see it as a way of connecting with something larger than themselves. In other words, they feel a sense of connection to a higher power or universal energy through artistic or creative expression, including dance.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Share your opinions in the comments below!