River otters aren’t born knowing how to swim. To teach them, their mothers grasp them by the scruffs of their necks, then literally dunk them in the water! Depending on your sense of humor, this looks either insane or insanely funny. But the baby otters soon learn that their bodies are adapted for life in the water, and before long, they swim effortlessly.

Although it generally takes much longer for us humans to attain a comparable level of competency when it comes to tango dancing, it’s a great feeling when our skills finally start developing. When we figure out how to move across the dance floor with more grace and rhythm, like the baby otters dunked in water, it’ll feel as though we’re made for this dance.

But are we? It may not seem that way, seeing how long this process can take. And certainly not if we insist on defining tango only as a series of controlled physical movements.

But tango is also a form of socializing, communicating, and connecting with each other. It stimulates our brains, lifts us out of bad moods, is a great addition to our hectic lives, and gives us something to look forward to every week. If this single activity fulfills so many of our human needs, how could we not be naturally designed for it?

river otter swim


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