As tango aficionados (or addicts), we’ve all done things that prove just how crazy we are about this dance. For example, we’ve spent a good amount of money on shoes and/or classes. While clothes shopping, we find ourselves picking outfits based not only on fashion, but how they might work for dancing. And some of us have consumed frightening amounts of Red Bull to get through a long day of workshops.
These are just a few examples – I’m sure you’ve heard of (or taken part in) far more bizarre things (feel free to share in the comments section).
People outside of the tango community often say we’re crazy. And weird.
And maybe we are.
But what’s wrong with that?
Try Googling any sort of activity you can think of: Knitting, sports car racing, model rocketry, gardening, sushi making, whale watching, Pop Tarts (yes, there’s actually a website out there devoted to all things Pop Tarts). Chances are, you’ll find an interest group attached to it with cult-like devotion.
It’s important to have a niche interest in something that can’t simply be described as a hobby. And I’m sure we’re all familiar with articles listing the ways that tango benefits us, both mentally and physically. On top of that, isn’t it nice to have an interesting answer to the question: “What do you do for fun?”
So does trying to function at work after attending two back-to-back, all-night milongas mean there’s something wrong with us? Again, I’m not sure. But I am certain that crazy is what we’d become if we didn’t tango.