Tango in popular culture

There is something about the word tango that seems to have a power in itself. Everybody seems to share the idea that tango is something special. Tango’s strong image in the public conscience is not quite the same as we tango addicts have, as we actually know the authentic tango culture and (I suppose) think of it when we hear the word. To a large degree, the image the general public has of tango is imposed from the depiction of tango in popular culture, and movies in particular. [Read More]


Roaring lion by Tambako the Jaguar, on Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License by  Tambako the Jaguar

Simba.. is trapped in a cage. Yes, he has youtube, he has his music collection. But something is missing. Grrrrrrr.

Will someone please take Simba for a walk. A Di Sarli walk. Or if that’s not possible, maybe some comforting words…

Sport and Culture

8th Annual University of Michigan Ballro by Wigwam Jones, on Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic License by  Wigwam Jones

People often think of ballroom dancing when they hear I dance tango. Assuming I participate in competitions. And we would not want anybody to think that, would we?

It appears absurd to me, but it occurred to me the other day that they assume dancing is about sports. Which it is obviously not. It is all about culture.


by OpenThreads Breaking the dance of tango down to its smallest parts is a popular exercise. Why stop at forward-side-back-steps? What it really comes down to is one simple concept. If you can do it, you can tango. Or at least you need to be able to do it to dance it. Standing on one leg. For a week-end class, we had one student with some condition that made it impossible for her to stand on one leg. [Read More]


I was so excited to see how it worked out with Stella and Javier on their tour this year. And this is just soooo beautiful! My piano teacher used to tell me when I practiced the hard parts: don’t forget breathing! This left me breathless, so dear reader, unless you can keep your breath for three minutes: don’t forget breathing!

HT: nyctango

Bright side

by renatela It occured to me, that the topic of whom we dance with stirs up a lot of negative feelings. Or rather, with whom we do not dance. We are all concerned about being rejected, having someone not ask us to dance, or saying no when we ask (using the cabeceo, of course!). A milonga is a place to enjoy ourselves, and everybody should dance with whoever they want to dance with. [Read More]

On circulation

by pdcawley Ms Hedgehog is researching the dynamics of flow in the ronda, comparing with traffic and pondering about the importance of song length. While song length can probably have some influence, I believe other factors are much more significant. And it is kind of hard to perform real experiments, even though she deserves credit for the attempt. According to Jorge Dispari, the flow on the dance floors of Buenos Aires used to be much better than today. [Read More]

The dual nature of tango

by airpark I often wonder why tango is so attractive, why I (and others with me) got so obsessed with it. Why we never tire of it. In part, I think it has to do with the infinite depth that can be found within it, and part of the source of this I believe is the dual nature of tango, or its apparent paradoxes. Making it difficult to explain or describe what tango is and isn’t. [Read More]