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Lessons of tango: arriving

It’s certainly possible to move forward and never arrive yourself.

It’s that kind of movement you do when you are absent, a movement without a soul.

If you want examples, only look through the window and you will find someone in the street walking just like that, with zero intention. Like zombie walk: lifeless, purposeless, weak. It’s the kind of walk driven by who knows what. A mix of carelessness, random, basic impulses taking the lead to wherever.

Unlike tango walk.

‘Tango walk’ here is merely a way to describe the kind of movement that conveys certain power. You can also recognize this in the street when someone moves with such an intention that you feel that person knows what he/she wants and where he/she is going. It is a walk where you are the one always arriving first.

You can practice that walk.

Focus first on your standing leg. It should be flexible but grounding (and grounded). That leg will work to create the intention to elevate yourself upwards. Slightly. You obey that impulse. You feel it rising up to your torso and shoulders. There is no tension there. Only energy.

In that instant you know where you stand, you feel your axis. You are in your center without relying on anybody else’s opinions or thoughts, without expecting the reassurance of a partner. You rely on your own comfort and so you -and only you- can know, what is next.

Elevate the other leg and turn it slightly, with grace. Pointing your foot to wherever you have decided to go and use the subtle but decisive force that came from the floor, to bring yourself forward. Your whole self forward. It is you arriving.

And then you land.

Repeat that step as many times as you need, and each time make sure that it is you, with integrity and presence, who really lands there.

By Sergio Acosta

At heart, I am a story-teller. As a creative writer and designer, I tell stories on the web, on paper, and sometimes I scribble random lines on the dance floor.