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Hints & Myths about Argentine Tango
       

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Granada

He was in Spain learning Argentine Tango; a dance he had never even seen performed, but had once said he would learn before the millennium ended.

In those first lessons, he learned the basics; the importance of posture and position relative to his partner.

Part of the Alhambra Palace, Granada

   
 
He learned how to walk forwards, backwards, and to either side using steps that were around half, full and one and a half times his normal walking step.

He learned something about ochos, both forward and backward, and heard the more advanced students talk about a giro.

He learned that knowing how to do these things was one thing; being able to execute them gracefully in a lesson, let alone with a prtner throughout a dance, was something entirely different.

Most of all he watched, enthralled, the dancers at La Tertulia as they gathered from around Spain and, more importantly, from Argentina, for the festival. He was fascinated by the leg play between couples as they danced; their bodies appearing to become one, suspended somehow so their four legs were free to intertwine at will. There was a large poster advertising the Granada festival - their 11th - in La Tertulia amongst lots of Tango memorabilia.

He had come, that first time, with a Dance Holidays group from England to learn more about this seductive dance which he had never even seen before. All of the party, apart from him, seemed to know something about the dance; some were quite expert and graceful he was discovering.

Several danced on La Tertulia's tiny, tiled, dance floor; the girls hoping some local Tanguero would ask them to dance so they could really show what they could do.

 
     

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How my journey started
What you must do first
Getting around
Intertwining those legs
Having real fun
Swirling around the room
No limits
Tertulia Tango Bar
The Cambridge Tango Bar
Circulo de Belles Artes
Stunning UK Venue
Tango's nerve centre
Fun City
Friendly Natives
Close embrace maestros from Amsterdam
Teaching excellence
Teaching fun
Teqaching fantasia
Petroleo's apprentice
Milonga star
My first tango teachers

Marta y Manuel

     

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