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What is Tango?

Argentine-Tango-classes-San-Francisco-Bay-Area-Marcelo-Solis“Tango is Life”.
What does this sentence mean?
It suggests that those who do not tango don’t know what life is. Can such a radical thought make sense?

Ask anyone who is involved in Tango, passionately, which is the only way to be involved in it, and that will be the answer.
This attitude in relation to Tango is rooted in the fact that Tango gives you fulfillment, opening you up to the possibility of making your life a work of Art.

In America (North America), people think of Tango as a dance, (always with the prejudice that dance means “performance”, conceived as something put on for a spectator,) perhaps also as a music genre, but the Spanish speaking population of the world knows that Tango is also words, lyrics, poetry, “chamuyo” (for Argentineans).These are words essential to knowing Tango in all its relevant aspects. Enrique Santos Discépolo, author of many essential tangos, declared that “Tango is a sad thought that is danced”. Every word in this phrase demands explanations that will never exhaust their meaning. What kind of “sad thought” then, is Tango? It is looking at the past with the feelings of what went away, and the realization of how little we have left to leave us, too. Continue reading.

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Marcelo Solis

I was born in Argentina. Through my family and the community that saw my upbringing, I have been intimately involved with the culture of Tango all my life, and have been an Argentine Tango dance performer, choreographer and instructor for over 30 years. I profoundly love Tango dancing, music, and culture, particularly that of the Golden Era. I am a milonguero.

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