Argentine Tango had been a form of dance that’s elusive to me until now. I’ve done ballroom and latin dances, but I didn’t quite get Argentine Tango. The dancers do it in somehow kind-of off-beat quality, relaxed but intense, the men guiding the women’s moves while the ladies react to the men’s “suggestions”, the push-and-pull, the somewhat free-form of it all mesmerizes me.
So now I’m learning it, and boy, do I love it. Seriously super cool and passionate when needed, this dance is really something else. The technique is plenty, but the timing and rules are more relaxed than other ballroom/latin dances, so that each couple can easily add their own flavors.
Two of my favorite choreographed Argentine Tango dances so far are below. See it to believe it. I absolutely LOVE it.
The one from Janette and Branden of So You Think You Can Dance (Season 5) was complicated (well, the music is Libertango after all), and sexy. Hot! in a totally classy way. This video is also special since it has (American) English and Spanish speakers, while the subtitle is in Arabic. Talking about global!
The next one is from Gilles and Cheryl of Dancing with the Stars (Season 8). It looks simpler, but the passion is MUCH MORE intensified than the previous video. Sucked me right in. And the music? “The Assassins’ Tango” from Mr. & Mrs. Smith? Oh. Come. On. Passion to the max!
To quote head judge Len Goodman after Gilles & Cheryl’s argentine tango performance on…”it’s a mix…hard, soft, big, small, fast, slow; it’s got drama, it’s quite, it’s got passion…” Amen, sir! Love, LOVE this dance!
Do you Argentine Tango?
OK, so I was too upset with Jessi's departure from So You Think You Can Dance that I just lost any willingness to update my blog. The fact that Cedric survived the week before and even did not end up in the bottom three last week just did not make sense for me. Moreover, EW.com's celebration of Jessi's departure just made me even more upset.
But I guess I am spared from all the weirdness of this show this week, thanks to Fox's special schedule on July 4th. Of course I was dissapointed to turn on my TV and saw "Anger Management" going on, but at least I could give my heart a rest this week. Anyway, today turned out to be quite beautiful and memorable. No BBQ, but I had some dim sum lunch with my friends, most of them alumni of University of Wisconsin-Madison (like me!) that I did not expect to see! Very lovely, lovely lunch….I really miss Madison, WI where I spent four years for undergraduate study.