Trip Start Jul 12, 2011
23Trip End Dec 19, 2011
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If ARS$300 sounds like a lot for a set of tango lessons, doing the math will help you understand how affordable it is. ARS$300 x (USD$1/ARS$4) = USD$75 for 20 lessons x (1 lesson/20 lessons) = USD$3.75/lesson = WIN!!!!! My high school algebra teacher would be proud. Let me restate that: I can get a 2 ˝ hour tango lesson from good instructors in a small group for under 4 bucks.
I have fallen in love with the philosophy of the dance itself
The man leads. The woman follows. It might sound a bit machistic at first, but that’s actually how it works. Tango is designed for the man to think and for the woman to follow, and when you get a good leader and a good follower paired up on the dance floor (or on a street corner in La Boca) the results are breathtaking. I was quite startled to learn that, as a man trying to learn tango, I didn’t have steps to memorize for the most part; instead, I had to learn how to guide my partner through the dance that was in my head by communicating that vision to her via nonverbal signals.
It is worth noting here that, in respect to tango, some women, and some men, unfortunately do not understand how the basic rule of cooperation and mutual consent plays into this. When they first begin to learn they actually can end up dragging their partner through several steps due to their impatience
Herein lies the beauty of tango: although the man leads, he has to learn his partner’s personality and rhythm, and she has to consent to let him lead. The two dancers can only move as one unit, and for that to work they must move together. While the first few steps may feel a little awkward for two people who are new to dancing with each other, once a rhythm and relationship have been established, they can then dance for hours! : ) In each moment, there is the signal, the consent, and then the move together as a unit. Also, in the case of the woman, she doesn’t even have to have practiced tango very much to really shine! She just needs to be a good follower. Nacho showed the whole class this when, during the showcase time at the end of the class, he asked a young woman to be his dance partner who had not danced tango for very long
If you head over to a milonga somewhere in Buenos Aires (group dances that occur in cafes, parks, etc. where you go and dance with random people), take note that the couples who are dancing well likely didn’t memorize any steps, or plan out any sort of routine, before they began. Instead, they learned how to communicate with each other, and they are free dancing as they communicate “sin palabras”. What a beautiful thing!