Saturday, November 17, 2007


Well, a bit. Have been watching some videos, and following discussions about old milongueros, people like Tete, about how musical they are and how their posture is the way it is because they are, you know, old milongueros, caring more about the connection then what they look like, and, well, let´s face it, they are also quite old, so I guess they can´t be expected to stand perfectly straight and their movements simply aren´t as sharp and elegant as they might have been in their youth (although – you saw how Gavito danced, just a few months before his death? he must have been ill and everything, but as straight and elegant as you can imagine, with unfailing precision of movement; I don´t know how he did it.. of course, he was el grande Gavito.. just a thought).

I like the way these people dance. I love their musicality. I don´t mind the slightly hunched, head-forward posture (Julio Balmaceda has it too, and he is divine). I understand that sharp movements become less sharp as age imposes its physical limitations.

However -

watching these videos I have only just realized something very disconcerting: the women they dance with are always young and sharp and quick and muy elegante... why is that? If these old men are considered the living proof that tango is all about musicality and feeling, then why is it that they do not dance with women of their own age, just as musical, with decades of experience, but with a less-than-perfect posture, women whose sharp steps have become blunt with age?


Because, frankly, the contrast between the old milongueros and their young partners doesn´t make their dance look better. On the contrary, I think.

And it worries me, because I love tango. And I am a woman.

The Tango Goddess wrote about this in the first part of her post Of Milongueros y Milongueras. If it is true, well... it is sad.

But maybe it´s just the bleak November weather. And who knows, we might not be dancing tango anymore, forty or fifty years from now...

:) Not likely, I know.

Monday, November 05, 2007

The path of tango

Tango has taught me patience.

Tango has taught me humility. (I never had a shred of either, mind you.)

Tango has taught me to be more optimistic and less cynical,

to accept failure knowing that it is only one of the steps towards reaching my goal,

to be warm and friendly to strangers without worrying whether they will also be friendly to me,

to appreciate other people more,

to take tango (and life) seriously while being aware that it is not worth fussing about.

I have a Buddhist friend who says that when I talk to him about tango, it reminds him of studying buddhism. I can see the point now. There are different paths to learning and understanding, and everyone chooses his own.

This is what I had in mind when I chose the name of my blog, but I had no idea it would prove to be so true.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Can you dance?

I have been skimming through Robert Fulghum´s posts on tango, and I found this: it is the most lucid view of dancing - and other activities, for that matter - I have ever heard. Why don´t people realize this?
Bravo, M. Fulghum!