Interesting story, Tre. My husband is from Argentina and he tried unsuccessfully to teach me tango, then I tried classes, also unsuccessfully. In my defense, as a child of the 60’s, we danced without touching, no one led, no one followed. I believe my struggle with tango is my feminism refusing to submit to the control of a man. Just cannot relax into following.

Interesting fact, what we see in movies and on shows like Dancing with the Stars and what is taught in classes is not the tango of the common people but a highly stylized and complicated version of what is danced in local bars and community centers. When we took classes together, Ben laughed at the dance steps requiring youth, extreme flexibility, and athleticism. He said that if the tango that’s taught here was what he had to learn as a young man on the dance floor, he and his friends would not have gotten through a single song! Even so, his more simple version of tango was too much for me!

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