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The Milonguero's Quest for Freedom and Presence, 09/07/2023

Updated: Oct 5, 2023

"Think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration." - Nikola Tesla

Last week, I was captivated by a genuine interview with Pedro Sanchez, facilitated by Lucas Antonisse. If you've yet to see it, I highly recommend you watch their touching conversation here:

One intriguing point Pedro raised was the notion of tango as an addiction. He likened it to a spider's web, ensnaring individuals into the seductive world of dance, nightlife, and musical bonding. While many dancers manage the challenge of balancing this fervent passion, Pedro warned of potential consequences if not moderated.

What makes tango so captivating, according to Pedro? Why can't dancers resist its allure?

Over the last two decades, I've formed deep connections with numerous milongueros both on and off the dance floor. From these bonds and observations, I've perceived a unique journey that many of them have undertaken. Some describe their relationship with tango as an addiction, but it's deeper than that.

The truth is, these dancers didn’t initially seek profound experiences. They began purely out of love for the dance. As their skills and passion grew, they oriented their lives around milongas. This dedication often led to an awakened state, an experience of pure, uninhibited freedom. It wasn’t about the dance steps; it was about being fully present and experiencing complete freedom.

Through their dance, they tapped into a harmonious resonance with the music, their partners, and the very essence of tango. This connection channeled an energy that transcended the physical.

For instance, Myriam Pincen once described dancing with milongueros as an exchange of warm, passionate energy. She spoke of feeling a tangible vibration, a current that grounded them both.

Many milongueros, after such profound experiences, found their everyday lives dull in comparison, yearning for the next dance, even if it meant sidelining other aspects of their lives.

In essence, milongueros pursued tango not just as a dance but as a medium to achieve unparalleled freedom and presence. Their level of immersion and connection is beyond what most can comprehend.

Will we really see more milongueros in our generation and the next?

I'd love to hear your reflections on this perspective about milongueros.


Source: "Tango Your Life," documentary film directed by Chan Park

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