Tango is not only a fascinating dance but also a fascinating philosophy, culture and lifestyle. The search of tango is the search of connection, love, unity, 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 community and people. In tango we are not individualists, feminists, nationalists, liberals, conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, etc., but interconnected and interdependent members of the human family. Tango calls us to tear down the walls, to build bridges, and to regain humanity through connection, cooperation, reconciliation and compromise. It is a dance that teaches the world to love.

July 19, 2012

Original Is Beautiful

Tango Nuevo is out of fashion now. The new trend is the competition tango in salon style. When this style first came out, it was refreshing. So, many people copy it. They all walk the same way, pause the same way, turn the same way, and move the same way - with elegant postures and refined footwork, but little originality and personality, like they all come out of the same mold. The following is an example.

I came across some video clips of Argentine folk dances, which, in comparison to the stereotype of the modern tango, I found fresh and original. We can see the connection between these folk dances and tango. Unfortunately, the contemporary tango is more and more stylized. I wish it retained more of such originality, simplicity and freshness.

In the dances of the old milongueros, we still find the same originality, simplicity and freshness. The milongueros do not copy others because they don’t dance for impression, but for pleasure. In fact they don’t care much about how they look, they just dance their feelings and their interpretations of the music. Every milonguero has his own unique style, which may be raw, but never boring.

True beauty is original, effortless, elegant with ease, graceful yet natural, beautiful without pretension. It is the outflow of one’s inner quality, talent, personality and beauty, not an imitation.


  1. Two videos from Beijing and Shanghi festivals show how tango is about copying and perfecting an Argentine couples' style and then going to competition to win a title. I don't have to check their resumes to know their teachers; it's obvious since they are such good copies.

    Dancers are forsaking originality for the look. There is no more originality among young dancers.

  2. Right or wrong? I don't know! Find your own centre; your connection and style...it'll be soooo satisfying!

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