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 play, 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, of which 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.
8. Gender expression vs. gender-neutrality
30. Progressive dancing vs. spot dancing