Tango is such an amazing dance. Becoming proficient takes a long, long time. Its a real ego buster for a guy – trying to learn tango.
Tango requires the leader to project where he would like the follower to go even before he takes a step. Its a torso centered kind of thing. It requires use of the arms in the embrace, the shoulders and the legs and feet obviously, but the drive and invitation all derive from the center of the torso – near the solar plexus or breast plate. It takes quite a while to learn to do that. Add to that, a few tango dance movements to keep the dance advancing around the dance floor. Add some other dancers in your way and, well, let me tell you, its just plain old hard. I’ve seen many a frustrated look on the lady I just danced with while she suffered through my trying to figure it all out.
However, when the fella gets the hang of it, there is nothing – nothing in the world of dance like it. Two people, in a close embrace, in a ‘hug’ embrace – pressed together, moving, holding each other and ultimately dancing and improvising to exactly what the music is offering. Put that all together and you’ll understand why very few people are able to dance tango but also, you’ll understand why they love it.
While dancing tango, I typically watch the dance floor for other dancers and openings where I can add some nice moves, like ochos, paradas or molinetes. Every now and then, I glance down at my partner. Most often, the ladies dance with their eyes either closed or watching the man’s chest or floor. When I look down, these are the kinds of things I see. A beautiful lady, a face that’s focused on the interaction between us and occasionally a slight grin of delight.
This is what I see in my Close Embrace.