Yes honey, but is it tango?

2008 December 4

Roy Lichtenstein: Girl with Ribbon (1965)Roy Lichtenstein: Girl with Ribbon (1965)

There is always a lot of fuzz in the tango communities of the world about what is the right tango. And rightly so. There is good and there is bad tango.

But in the middle of these heated arguments, we need to remind ourselves of one thing. Tango culture is rich. There is a lot of diversity in tango. Tango is not only dance. It is also music for listening. Tango song is a world of its own. Tango dance is not only for the milonga, but also for the stage.

One possible source of much of the confusion is that people are unaware of both the richness and the suitness for different purposes. Explore the possibilities and adjust according to circumstances. Nobody minds you practicing lifts or jumps or ganchos or volcadas or whatever you are into. Just behave on the dancefloor. Simple, really.

This article by Una milonguera is also recommended for readers of spanish/castellano.

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