Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Move Over Salsa, Cha Cha, & West Coast Swing ~ I Have a New Favorite Style of Dance: Argentine Tango

I have danced for as long as I can remember, starting with ballet and tap {which was short~lived ~ I am definitely not a tapper!} when I was four. I continued on with ballet through college, and although I wasn’t a fabulous ballet dancer, I enjoyed it and stuck with it because it kept me in pretty good shape. During my senior year of college, I began taking ballroom classes and soon found myself hooked. After graduation, I moved back home with my parents and got involved with a studio in our area; I soon found myself ballroom, country, swing, and salsa dancing four or five nights a week. {Oh, the joys of working part~time and having no responsibilities!} I was in the best shape of my life and having a blast.

All that came to a screeching halt when I started graduate school two years after getting my B.A. I was working full~time and going to school full~time and simply didn’t have the time to dance anymore. I’ve danced a little bit off and on since then, but nowhere near as much as I would like. When Nate and I started dating almost a year and a half ago, we took a few country two~step lessons together, and we did a few salsa classes last fall, but we were busy with other things and just couldn’t seem to get it together enough to stick with the classes. {Plus it was a challenge because we wanted to take classes together, but Nate needed a beginning class because he has zero ballroom experience and it was hard to justify paying for a beginning class for me when I already know how to do the dance.} I really missed it, and even started wondering if I could still call myself a dancer if I never actually went out dancing.

Fast~forward to last week. Nate found a four~week Argentine Tango 101 class for us to take! We went to our first class last night, and I. ABSOLUTELY. LOVED. IT! It’s the perfect class for us ~ Argentine Tango is nothing like any of the other dances I have done, so we are really on the same level and can learn the dance together from the beginning. It’s a beautiful, sensual style of dance that I think we are really going to have a lot of fun with. Plus it was great to hear that there is a huge Argentine Tango community in our area, with different places to dance or take class SEVEN nights a week. How awesome is that?!? {Can you tell I’m excited?}

I’ve attached a clip of some Argentine Tango from the Robert Duvall movie Assassination Tango. The video may or may not play; if not, you can find it here.

Looking forward to our next class on Monday!

~Heather

2 comments:

mrssoup said...

Oooooo yes!! I *LOVE* the Argantine Tango! My favorite ballroom dance. Took a class on it in college and fell in love with it. I also got to nab the hottest guy in my class while there for my partner, because we were both so tall. Our final got a huge round of applause from the students. One of my favorite moments!

So glad you discovered it!

ABCDE=Party of 5 for ME! said...

Oh how cool and what a great compromise! You both get to learn together!!! ;) Cant wait to see pics of you guys dancing your heart out! :)

Dawn