First time I have been to this beautiful city. Here getting ready to shoot a short film. This is a picture I took getting high on Tequilla shots in a local Tango bar. It’s quite fascinating. First came the people that want to learn the Tango. A few tourists but quite a few Argentinians too. They got together in a group with two instructors and then all begin to dance ! Some compeltely new, but surprisingly many already quite adept at the dance. Teaching others.
Why do they dance ?
Tango is not just a dance, buta national obsession. Its a passion. The Argentinian’s speak about Tango as a way of expressing life itself, of expressing their inner selves. A way of expressing the passion they feel for life, song and dance. I guess many people also come to meet people. What better way to meet people of the opposite sex than come and learn the Tango ? I met one beautiful young girl (the city is full of them !) and she was bemoaning that there just were not enough single men coming to learn the Tango anymore. I guess every city in the world has it’s share of loneliness
But it was fascinating watching the people learn, teach others, gradually get more comfortable and intimate with the dance and various partners. Tango, after all is a very sexy dance. And nothing is as fierce, as passionate as when the professional dancers turned up. Well not quite professionals, but people obsessed with the dance and who had been practicing for years. They were of all ages, some even in their teens – and others in their 80’s. One I spoke to was a senior manager at an automotive company. He has done this for years. Imagine, coming out of your office and changing your clothes to dance a fierce, passionate and vigorous Tango for an hour before you go home to your very normal life.
Did I dance ? No. I was too busy observing and downing Tequilla shots.
But tonight, I Tango in Buenos Aires.