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 people and species. 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.




March 29, 2017

Revealing Her Beauty in Tango


The fact that more women than men dance tango may be attributed in part to women's beauty. I don't think it is coincidental that the percentage of women with a beautiful body is very high in tango. Tango is well-known for its fitness function. It also gives women an opportunity to display their beauty. Women's highly developed sense of beauty certainly contributes to the formation of this beautiful dance. 

Because tango is danced in close embrace in which the torsos of the partners are connected, the woman has to swivel her hips in order to dance around the man, resulting in a twisted body posture (TBP) that highlights the curves of her body. TBP is different from CBM (contra-body movement) in that CBM is turning the right side of the body towards a left moving leg or turning the left side of the body towards a right moving leg, but in tango the woman also uses a technique known as dissociation to only swivel her hips while keeping her upper body still, or combine that with CBM - turning her upper body in one direction while swiveling her lower body in the opposite direction, which projects even more the flexibility of her body. 

TBP occurs in the following scenarios:

She swivels her hips to the left and stretches her right leg forward to the right side of the man while her torso remains facing the man.

She swivels her hips to the right and stretches her left leg forward to the left side of the man while her torso remains facing the man.

She swivels her hips to the right and stretches her right leg backward to the right side of the man while her torso remains facing the man.

She swivels her hips to the left and stretches her left leg backward to the left side of the man while her torso remains facing the man.

These scenarios occur in many tango steps such as front ocho, back ocho, walking diagonally, walking on the side of the partner, dancing around the man in molinete, zigzagging in molinete, turning a half circle around the man in media luna, etc. TBP is the reason why women's beauty can be fully displayed in tango.

This gives us a clue on how to make her look more stunning in the dance. For example, we can display the suppleness, pliancy and gracefulness of her body by using steps that involve TBP and hip rotation. We can make her step diagonally to our right and left, alternate her ochos to make her rotate her hips continuously, increase her TBP in back ocho by stepping diagonally to her side to make her twist her body more than if we walk straight in line with her, combine different steps to increase the variations of her posturing, and suspend her TBP with slow motion or pose when she is in a twisted body position to highlight her flexibility, etc.




Keep in mind that a woman's body is very pliant and can do amazing things if we know how to lead her. Be careful not to overdo, though, as comfort and tenderness are equally important to women. (See Tango Is a Feeling.) In fact, feminine beauty is often revealed more in small movements than in big movements that in some cultures women are taught to walk in tiny steps. In ancient China, for example, women's feet were wrapped from a very young age to prevent them from growing bigger, so that they had to walk in that way. Women's wearing high heels in modern times serves the same purpose. In other words, we can unfold a woman's beauty regardless of how small the steps are, because that beauty lies in her femininity, and perhaps more characteristically in small steps. 

Therefore, dancing tango is not doing big ochos and big turns endlessly, which is a common delusion in our tango. Rather, it is using a combination of conspicuous and especially inconspicuous movements, big and especially small steps, normal and especially slow motions, fluxing and especially suspension, pause and pose, etc., to express the feelings stirred by the music. The number one reason why women love tango, I believe, is their sentimentalism. Tango is an intimate and sentimental dance and women are particularly emotional and good at expressing feelings. Feminine beauty thus lies more in a woman's psychology than in her appearance. Revealing her inner beauty is a leader's most challenging and rewarding test. (See The Conceptional Beauty of Tango.)



1 comment:

  1. Wow...nust found your blog....amazing stuff. Thank-you Paul

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