Tango in Tacoma

What is Argentine Tango?

Argentine tango is a partnered social dance, in which the couple embraces to dance.  It is different from ballroom dancing (including ballroom tango) in its posture, movement and intent.  Unlike ballroom dances, which tend to be more structured, social Argentine tango is an improvisational dance based on the four building blocks of walking, turning, stopping

and embellishments. The dance is like a

puzzle that gets put together differently

each time. Women and men bring their

own styles and embellishments to the

dance which contribute significantly to the

excitement and unpredictability of the

experience. Even though dancers follow

certain conventions, they never quite know

how someone will construct a dance, add

an embellishment or interpret the music.

The surprises possible within the dance

are what make the dance so addicting.

It really does take two to tango, because

the dance isn't just about the man leading and the woman following. Both partners have important things to contribute—like all good conversations.

Courtesy of Steven & Susan Brown

      and Mark Anderson

www.TangoPuget Sound.com