Tango is not only a fascinating dance, but also a fascinating culture, idea, lifestyle, and philosophy. In many ways, tango is a metaphor of life. The pursuit of tango is the pursuit of connection, love, beauty, harmony and humanity, i.e., an idealism that is not consistent with the dehumanizing reality of the modern world. The world divides us as individuals, but tango unites us as a species. In tango we are not individualists, feminists, nationalists, liberals, conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, etc., but interconnected and interdependent members of the human family. We are humanists. Tango calls us to tear down the walls, to build bridges, and to regain humanity through connection, cooperation and compromise. If you believe in this cause, please join the conversation and let your voice be heard, which is urgently needed and long overdue.

Together we can awaken the world.




April 30, 2011

Tango as a Philosophy


As a comprehensive art, tango is different things to different people: to men it is leading, to women it is following, to novices it is steps, to veterans it is feelings, to lovers it is a devotion, to peacocks it is a display, to social dancers it is a dissipation for personal pleasure, to professionals it is a job to entertain others, to heterosexuals it is a gender expression, to homosexuals it is a gender-neutral performance, to milongueros it is a lifestyle, to foreigners it is merely a dance, to Argentinians it is also a deeply rooted culture... We all understand and dance tango differently for who we are and what philosophy we have.

Tango philosophy involves issues that make us different. The following is an incomplete list of such issues. Each may have many answers. Every dancer is entitled to his/her own opinions. Some may be more or less correct or incorrect. Others may just be personal preferences and neither right nor wrong. But, collectively, these opinions and preferences define the way each of us dances and behaves, and categorize us into different groups. Studying and exchanging views on these issues can help us deepen our understanding, learn from each other, improve our dance, and, hopefully, achieve mastery through a comprehensive grasp of all aspects of tango.
12. Refinement vs. rawness
25. Dictation vs. conversation
29. Improvisation vs. choreography
30. Progressive dancing vs. spot dancing
32. Comfort vs. beauty
43. Buenos Aires vs. international