Like many people I came to Tango at a time of crisis, when the faster moving, and more shallow times of my youth were fading.
I loved it. I grew with it. It has taken me a decade to get even a sense of what it is really about.
In this troubled year I found great tuition and friendship, and have worked even harder at uncovering the complex layers of this wonderful thing.
I enjoy the energy of youth being applied to Tango – of course – but this world that I am in now does to me feel in so many ways like the ultimate do-over.
In the timeless moments of the dance I can go back to that age when I didn’t understand what was important. But I can look at it from above, without painfully reliving my simplistic emotions and thoughts.
I have been given the framework and vocabulary to share once again the potential, relive it, and this time to turn it into something positive, creative and wonderful.
I can put youthful energy firmly within the perspective of wisdom.
In my world of the Tango student I can try to do things correctly, and at the same time love that I know I am failing, but learning.. moving forwards again. Reinterpreting.
Looking back with increased understanding is exactly what Tango is all about – in itself. It always seems to be yearning for something else, calling for an explanation, a missing context.
And so without this perspective and sense of loss that our own age and life experience brings – we are always outside of it – looking in, trying to understand.
What is so optimistic for me now? That I am completely in love with it, increasingly inside it, and I may even have another few years to progress and interpret even more.
Tango is showing me a glimpse of what it has always been about. Thank you.
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One thought on “Is Tango the ultimate do-over?”
when the Beatles wrote that song ‘when I grow older’ they obviously had not met tango. To have such passion and drive at this stage of life is pretty amazing and its surprising so few have discovered it. Uniquely it uses life’s set backs, especially in love , which is why its real depths belong to those who have truly experienced life in all its ups and downs. Plus a heck of a lot of practice!