by Cathy Knowlton and Steven Joanna Tango
In social tango, there is a special connection between partners because it is based on improvised movements. It is a conversation between partners, using the body instead of voice. Argentine tango is based on four pillars: walking, turning, stopping, and embellishments.
The dance is like a puzzle that gets put together different, each time. Individual dancers 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 what will happen during the dance, leads, follows, embellishments or interpretation of the music.
The surprises possible within the dance are what make the dance so exciting – and, to some, addicting.
It really does take two to tango, because the dance isn’t just about a leader and a follower. both partners have important things to contribute – like all good conversations.