Being deeply attached to Argentina’s idiosyncrasy, most precisely to the soul of Buenos Aires – the cosmopolitan European-like capital of Argentina -, tango is now danced everywhere in the world, though there might not be a better place to dance it than in the many typical ballrooms of Buenos Aires’s neighborhoods.
Wherever you go, the music of tango immediately brings to people’s minds the name Argentina, a country full of natural and cultural treasures that cherishes a passion for tango that goes beyond all frontiers, cultures and languages. Every year thousands of international tourists of all ages come to Argentina to explore their beauties and learn Spanish, and when in Buenos Aires they cannot help themselves taking at least a couple of lessons and dance a tango!
Argentina’s tango has a language, a symbolism and a mystery that portrays the spirit of Buenos Aires’s people. Besides, if you happen to come to Buenos Aires, you can also learn Spanish and understand tango’s lyrics. The following first five lessons will give you an insight into this Buenos Aires’ dance.
Lesson 1: The first and most important thing about tango is how to embrace your partner. You might think there is nothing new to discover behind it. Yet embracing your partner the right way is one of the secrets of a good tango dance. Your embrace must be firm, but without pushing your partner. Your legs must be closed to each other, but without taking your partner’s breath away. Since your balance is in both of you, you should learn to communicate to enjoy the tango.
Lesson 2: Now we will learn the basic steps. There are eight beats in tango: One, two, three, four, five, and when changing to the fifth step the woman must lead all the weight of her body on her right foot, and then, with that same foot but changing the direction of her weight, she moves backwards, and you continue dancing: Six, seven and eight!
Lesson 3: Once you have learnt the basic steps, you need to know how to combine them in different steps and figures. In the eighth step there are two beats: One that lets you come in and the other that lets you come out. They go around the couple, and here the man can choose to give her partner enough space for her to move around, or accompany her movements.
Lesson 4: Synchronizing your movements is perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of Argentina’s tango. To be successful, the man has to call his partner’s attention; otherwise he is invading her territory. Always remember that in tango, as in life, if you do not take your time to listen to your partner, what was meant as a dialogue may become a monologue.
Lesson 5: You are not going to learn any new step now. Before you continue, you should know quite well what you are doing. If you cannot understand what it means to dance Argentina’s tango, if you cannot feel its essence, no matter how well you dance, it will never be a real tango. Tango is danced by an embraced couple. You embrace your partner with your arms wide open and you surrender to your partner’s embrace. Argentina’s tango is about a corporal and affectionate dialogue.
Buenos Aires’ tango is more associated to a ballroom dance, and so Buenos Aires offers many traditional places where tourists can go and spend a wonderful night, tasting Argentina’s delicious meals and wines, and enjoying the company of a good live orchestra, while they learn Spanish in a great Buenos Aires’s atmosphere.
There are many novel tendencies nowadays as regards this dance. For example, some foreigners come to Buenos Aires and hire the services of a private tango dancer while some others profit from their travel to Argentina and join courses where they can learn Spanish and Tango at the same time. Buenos Aires is one of the cities most chosen for this purpose. Many young travelers wish to learn Spanish and immerse in the culture of Argentina since this is an only opportunity to spend some time in Buenos Aires, one of the most cultural dynamic capitals of the world, meet foreigners, learn Spanish in a Latin American environment, and dance tango as Argentina’s people do. So, Shall we dance a tango?