First of all, it must be pointed out that the „original Argentine tango“ is not the standard tango most people have seen at dance competitions. Standard tango has been developed for performance and competition purposes and consists of defined and standardized steps and figures, such as the unforgettable sharp head snaps.
Argentine Tango is based on a different lifestyle. Beside the dancing itself, it bears not only its own distinctive music and poetry, but also a different relationship to a partner than we are used to in ballroom dancing. If we set aside its staged and choreographed form, tango is an improvised dance, in which the dancers change partners after four dances. The dance is not meant for the galleries and the audience, it is danced within the couple and doesn’t require much space – the important happens inside. Dancers are primarily trying to achieve harmony with the music and one another. They often focus on melody rather than rhythm. You could say that this is a way and an opportunity for intimate conversation achieved by movement to the theme set by the music.
For a large part of tango dancers tango presents a possibility to, just for a moment, escape the stereotype and the constant necessities of everyday life … the possibility to stop time and free the desire for harmony and communion of souls among those connected by the phenomenon of Argentine tango.