THE OCCASIONAL EXTREME

From August 1, 2013

I’m guessing most of you reading this take tango classes regularly. Then, to get a better grasp on what you’ve learned in those classes, you go to the local practicas and milongas in your town. All of that is good. Very good.

But it’s not enough.

Tango is special to us not only because it’s a great dance, but also because it’s an experience. The circumstances in which we choose to use our dancing is almost as essential as learning/practicing the steps themselves. Like trying a new exercise at the gym to develop different muscle groups, it’s necessary to vary our tango experiences as well.

Not sure if you want to go to a milonga that ends at dawn? Curious about trying tango in a city you’ve never been to before? Considering a road trip to a festival where you don’t know anyone? Thinking about going to a milonga in a part of town where everyone there might be a freak?

Try it.

Take a break from the routine and put yourself in a position that will guarantee some sort of reaction on your part. Good or bad, it’ll likely add something new and interesting to your dancing.

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