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

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 an expression of feelings, to lovers it is a devotion, to peacocks it is a display, to social dancers it is a personal entertainment, to professionals it is a job to amuse others, to milongueros it is a lifestyle, to entrepreneurs it is a business, to musicians it is a music genre, to thinkers it is a philosophy, to foreigners it is only a dance, to Argentinians it is also a 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 divide us into different groups. Studying and exchanging views on these issues can help us learn from each other, deepen our understanding, improve our dance, and, hopefully, achieve mastery through a comprehensive grasp of all aspects of tango.
11. Refinement vs. rawness
23. Dictation vs. conversation
27. Improvisation vs. choreography
28. Progressive dancing vs. spot dancing
30. Elegance vs. comfort
41. Buenos Aires vs. international