Of all the ballroom styles, it is the Argentine Tango that lights my fire. Sensual and sensuous, it is at once, elegant, sorrowful, crisp, angry, controlled and combative. What we see on Dancing with the Stars reflects the later, refined form of the dance.
But it wasn’t always so. The origins hint at tango arising in Argentinian brothels, and that has some truth, but the first forms were danced either by one man (Flamenco style) or two men in a ballet of stylized combat.
My favorite scenes from Evita were the dances, the tango expressing loss and love, disappointment, despair.
Here are some wonderful images capturing the essence of the dance.
About Nya Rawlyns
Crossing boundaries, taking no prisoners. Write what’s in your soul. It’s the bass beat, the heartbeat, the lyrics rude and true. Nya Rawlyns is the pseudonym of a writer who cut her teeth on sports-themed romantic comedy and historical romances before finding her true calling in the wilderness areas she has visited but calls “home” in that place that counts the most: the heart. She has lived in the country and on a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay, earned more than 1000 miles in competitive trail and endurance racing, taught Political Science to unwilling freshmen, and found an avocation in materials science. When she isn’t tending to her garden or the horses, the cats, or two pervert parakeets, she can be found day dreaming and listening to the voices in her head.
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Mmm, the tango… I am not a dancer. If possible, I have THREE left feet, not just two. I am graceless, and feel even more so when I attempt the smooth movements of ANY dance, much less a tango. But if there’s one I want to watch, it’s that one. Once, long ago, it was as if characters danced like that through my head – maybe it’s time I let them do that again.