Tango Chasm

by on Apr.05, 2011, under Dancing Tango

Still dealing with jetlag, we had a burl around IDEAL and I can’t quite put my finger on why it seems more enjoyable dancing here in BA. Even amongst the “Golden Oldies” (maybe I’ve become one). I think it could be that most of the dancers on the floor tend to become more as one, rather than the “I am an individual” concept back home. Whether this is borne from a greater consideration of other dancers on the floor which might be called manners, I’m not sure about. But I found that my concentration on the music and my partner was not continually interrupted by some dancer challenging my dance space. The difference was particularly striking as the night before departing Australia, we attended a milonga in a really nice setting in Bexley, Sydney. Like so many of the major milongas that I’ve attended in the past year or so, protecting my space and partner took away from connecting with the music and the person in my arms. I really don’t think that the tango cultural chasm between Buenos Aires and elsewhere can be bridged. I have resolved to calmly dance behind everyone and resist overtaking no matter how slow the progress – to let slow increase my sense of feeling.


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