It is unique in the world of dance
Argentine Tango is the only partner dance, where both dancers
- do not need physical force (e.g. push or pull) to communicate with each other
- do not have set (pre-learned) sequences of steps
- move in any direction, at any time, at any speed
To many dancers this sounds and feels a lot like a Jedi’s mass-less force, or real-life magic.
To dance comfortable together, the dancers rely solely on their ability to recognize (or perform clear but subtle) weight changes and other small body language signals. This requires not only good posture and technique but – most of all – an unmatched degree of awareness of each other`s bodies and the music.
Many proven social and health benefits
Because of these unique features of the dance, dancers often experience:
- an intense mental connection with each other, often interpreted as passionate
- an intense mental connection with the music and their own bodies
- the sensation of flow, effortless combined motion to any music they like
The life-enhancing benefits of movement, and dancing in particular, with its low risk, are well known. Tango dancers, who dance a whole evening may walk the equivalent of a quarter marathon (10km). We do not even notice this. Our mind is simply too busy ensuring the communication works and enjoying the unknown sequences of movements embedded in beautiful music. Two students of ours attended such a marathon in Sydney, dancing all the way in under 5 hours. The physical challenge felt similar to a regular dance night, the couple told us afterwards.
These Tango-specific benefits made the dance a global phenomenon for people of all ages. This became possible even though that the core benefits cannot be conveyed and advertised on screen. Most of the beauty of Tango can only be experienced – not observed.
Because of the many social and health-improving benefits, without negative side effects or risks, medical researchers and therapists have studied Argentine Tango since about 2006. Today, the unique dance-form is helps people with Parkinson-Disease. Some professionals use it for couple therapy, or recommend it to distract from depression or a bad day at work. Because the level of complexity and physical challenge is up to the individual, it works for people of all ages, shapes, and fitness levels.
Perfect for travelers, singles, and martial artists
In our experience, Argentine Tango is particularly popular with people who:
- like getting to know new people in a safe environment in most cities in the world. This is great for travelers. Drugs, smoking, or alcohol simply make dancing Argentine Tango impossible.
- like doing something healthy for body and mind that is fun and inexpensive
- enjoy other dance forms like Salsa, Ceroc, Ballroom, Swing, or martial arts like Judo, Tai Chi, and Systema.
- think they are not very coordinated, or that they are not good at learning step sequences. Anyone, who can walk can enjoy most aspects of Tango. You do not need sequences to learn it.