Tango in Tacoma
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