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Tango Wisdom: Soaring for pleasure, 11/22/2023

Updated: Dec 23, 2023



Recently, I've been exploring the nuances of the embrace in Buenos Aires. You might recall my November 3 post, “𝐈𝐬 𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐁𝐮𝐞𝐧𝐨𝐬 𝐀𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐬?”



I've noticed something special, which I like to call 'tango wisdom.' In the dance, if you look closely, you'll see my partner's body rise quickly, almost like a delicate leap, right on the beat, to initiate a clockwise turn. This subtle yet significant move feels like a momentary flight, full of exhilaration. It's a beautiful blend of musicality, sensitivity, and sensuality—true tango wisdom.

This type of movement seems unique to the experienced dancers of Buenos Aires.

Take my partner, Cristina Diaz, for example. She was surprised to learn that she made such a movement, a testament to the intuitive skills honed from years of dancing with seasoned milongueros.


Our recent dance at Milonga Lo de Lucy at Gricel was quite an experience. The venue was more crowded than usual, altering the energy and connection. It took us three songs to sync up, fine-tuning our movements and emotions in the process.

Then, just as Ursula Tango began filming, everything clicked. We found our deep connection, and our dance took flight.


The last minute and a half of our dance, captured in such profound connection, was the epitome of our efforts. The joy in our final embrace says it all, doesn't it?

This experience taught me something: such moments of connection might be missed in a shorter, 3-song tanda. The traditional 4-song tanda gives us the time to not just dance but to connect and experience the dance as it has been enjoyed for generations.


Keep dancing and feeling the beat, everyone.

Chan

A special thanks to Ursula Tango for recording this valuable clip.

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