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Lessons of Tango: walking

Tango helps you walk straighter and stand taller.

Yes, it is a technique, but it is also an attitude.

The standing foot supports and creates the energy to move forward. And you move forward with your whole body aligned. Shoulders relax and the torso moves with grace and intention. Your core engages and provides balance and trust.

When the other foot lands on the floor a transition occurs. A transition of weight and responsibility that creates a step. It’s not a jump nor a shift. It’s a flow where the story evolves. Going forward or backwards is a decision you make along with your partner.

The wondrous thing about this process is that once you get it in the practice room, it travels with you and you can see yourself connecting from that stand and pace when you walk the street. When you make tea. When you embrace your lover.

The lessons of tango go well beyond those high heels or ample pants. They have this surprising quality of spreading into everyday life, and that’s one more reason to love this dance.

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.