Tango is known as the dancer's dance because it is difficult, profound, complicated, and needs years of practice. It’s not a matter of learning a basic step and rhythm with variations, but of connection and expression. One’s tango is rarely technically flawless, even if perfect emotionally. As we become aware of our feelings coming out in the embrace and with the music, we long for more ways to articulate them—and so are always in search of different steps, greater technique, deeper understanding—a lifelong pursuit.
It can also be a way we can learn to be physically close to other people for a limited time without expecting more. We can be in the moment, that Tango Heaven point in time when everything comes together, when all is right with the universe and our part in it. When such harmony reigns, I am grateful to the God who gives it to me -— the music, the space, the connection, the ability to trust the lead or follow of another human being who I may not even know.
With whomever you dance and however you dance, dance is a gift.