What Makes a Tango Memorable?

There have been a few tweets going around about memorable Tangos, mostly from women.  One lady tweeted that it seems as if only the women remember memorable Tangos.  I replied, tongue in cheek, that if a woman remembers a good Tango, it is because she may have had many bad or indifferent ones.

There are many reasons why a moment would be memorable, such as it being the first time you did something, like a first kiss, or the first time you travelled on a plane.  Anything you did something special or unusual for the first time will usually be memorable.

I will never forget the first time I danced with my first Tango teacher.  I was nervous, but he danced gently with me and it made me feel great.

I remember going to my first milonga and not being able to dance because I only knew how to dance large. (I changed teachers after that!)

I remember going to Corrientes (at Tavistock Place) for the first time and only having two dances during the whole evening.  Not two tandas, just two dances! (I was still a beginner)

I remember going to Corrientes four weeks later and dancing almost the whole evening!

I remember the first time I had ‘that Tango feeling’.  Aah!  (And the other times after that I can count on one hand)

I have a lot of Tango firsts that are memorable.  There are other things that can make a Tango memorable, such as when I  just move to the music and not just pay too much attention to what my leader was asking me to do.  When two people are in sync with each other and the music, that can make it memorable.

Not all memorable moments are good however.  Things can be memorable because they are unpleasant.  I will never forget the moment when someone told me I had no style (I had only been dancing 6 months!).  Or the men that think it is ok to cop a feel on the dance floor, or the ones that have BO and BB!  That list goes on.

These days my Tangos are memorable because I am not dancing so much since I have moved out of London.

Women are usually good at expressing themselves.  It is how we solve problems and form solidarity.  Even if we complain, we feel a lot better afterwards.  Better out than in.  This probably explains why there are mostly women tweeting about memorable Tangos, good and bad, but mainly good ones.  One can almost hear the yearning when reading about their wonderful Tango.  It makes me wonder about the ones danced in-between the memorable ones.

I’m sure there are men that have memorable Tangos too.   They must have their fair share of good and bad experiences that make a Tango memorable, not dissimilar to the ones that women experience.  They are just not talking about it (certainly not writing about it).  Fair enough.

So, what makes a Tango memorable for you?

Strictly Tango – Film24 – 07.01.10

Well, I watched Strictly Tango last night on TV.  The blurb mentioned that it was a film taking one back to the home of Tango, Buenos Aires.  Hmmm!  I thought for sure that meant that there would be film footage of people dancing in Buenos Aires.  But no, it was about a few people who were doing Ballroom, mainly in London.  I do not really feel  that the film title reflected the content, which I now think is rather misleading.  When they eventually did get to the Argentine Tango bit, I thought for sure that they would be chatting with people who helped to start the Tango movement in London.  It wasn’t so.  I was quite disappointed frankly.

If the title was Strictly Dancing, that would have made more sense as the film was essentially about a few people who dance various styles and what dancing means to them.  There were interviews with a few well-known ballroom dancers that have been on Strictly Come Dancing, a woman who makes amazing ballroom dresses, a professional woman learning to dance ballroom, a man who has done many styles of dance, and a couple of well-known AT teachers and an AT organiser.  Unfortunately, the Argentine Tango bit of the film was quite minimal compared to the Ballroom bit.

This is why I was annoyed about the film title.  I watched for nearly an hour wondering when they would get to the Argentine Tango bit and when they finally got to it, there was no footage of people dancing in Buenos Aires and very little of people dancing it in London.

Has anyone else seen this program, and what did you think about it?

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