In the middle of the night, on the dance floor, something happens that tango dancers are always struggling to explain: utter absorption, deep connection, a cathartic loss of self, a three minute love affair. We know the experience, but it is as hard to convey to non-dancers, as parenting is to non-parents.
Argentine tango, is very misunderstood. It is not a ballroom dance. It is not the silly flamboyant strutting in tacky, glitter, that we see satirized in the movies.
Rather it is a barroom dance; the blues of Argentina. Immigrant workers desperately clutched the very sparse supply of women that were available to comfort them. Even today, when tango is a growing world wide phenomena, it is all about solace and comfort. It is a very personal experience where a man and woman, who may be total strangers, offer their sorrows to each other, alone in a crowd. When I was single, I realized how much this dance still achieves it's original function. It filled a void; making me feel like I had a woman in my life.
The Heart of Tango attempts to convey this experience. The feeling of tango is rooted in the core of it's definition. Tango fundamentals including; posture, the tango walk, lead & follow, improvisation and musicality, create this emotional state by requiring total focus on the partner and the music.
I am not argentine, so I can only honestly express this dance from my perspective as a member of this very global community. Tango has always been an evolving folk art. Its exists in many forms, traditional and modern. Although I did include a show-tango performance in the credits, it is essentially a social dance. Tango is defined by its core purpose; to enact the language of seduction and solace that exists between men and women.
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It is very easy to find tango on the web for every major city. Here are some links specifically related to The Heart Of Tango.