An expat Californian building a new life via the tango in Buenos Aires since 2003, including information on learning the tango and where to dance it in Buenos Aires.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
NEW "NUEVO TANGO" SACRIFICES TRADITION AND GRACE by Terence Clarke
In a well-written and perceptive article, Clarke calls tango nuevo in Buenos Aires playground tango. He cites Pablo y Dana's school, DNI on Corrientes as the perfect example of young students trying to change an old style that they know nothing about. A good point he made as that many women come to tango with a background in dance, and so can "manage" the moves. Not true with the men who often fling the women around like dead weights.
Clarke knows how to turn a phrase: There is a kind of...tribal European dance that many people believe is tango, which is indeed called tango, in which the basic precepts of Argentine tango dance are being ignored, things like a proper lead, following the music, knowing the history of the dance and the music, respecting your partner, dressing well.