Tango and Yoga in Boulder (Ep. 1)
After finishing my first week of tango classes in Boulder I felt inclined to write some articles about my experience. I am publishing this post in the Yoga in Boulder website because there is much yoga in tango. The depth of this realization almost moved me to tears.
Of course, yoga can be applied to anything, from dance to fighting, from business to spirituality.
Tango and Yoga in Boulder
I am not exactly sure of how I came to take these tango classes in Boulder. I was born and raised in Argentina and never had I ever taken any tango classes in my life. I always saw tango as a pillar of my native culture, but I never felt any connection with the dance. Maybe this is so because I moved to the United States when I was 14 years old. Now that I think about it, I never felt much connection to other aspects of the Argentinean culture, such as the extreme passion for soccer.
Somehow this return to Boulder inspired me to give tango a real shot and I am super grateful that I did. I always found the dance beautiful, but the more I understand it, the more I fall in love with it.
What almost moved me to tears today was the realization of how much connection (in other words, how much yoga) is needed for every movement to be effective. The moment that the connection is broken between the dancers, everything turns to chaos. Simply said, yoga is a requirement for tango.
Of course I am not talking about yoga poses, breathing or meditation, although those practice would surely help any tango dancer. What I am talking about it the connection between the leader and the follower.
Needless to say, this connection is required for most forms of dancing, but it is particularly essential when it comes to tango. The dance simply does not work without yoga. This is why I consider tango to be a sub-practice of yoga in Boulder.
Tango Teachers in Boulder
If I am unable to communicate this idea clearly, it is because I am new to tango dancing and not even close to knowing as much as Gustavo and Giselle. These tango teachers have been dancing for decades and are able to explain the details of the tango system with outstanding clarity and humor.
I must say I am very much pleased and surprised by Gustavo and Giselle’s ability to teach this class. They make an excellent couple and do a great job teaching tango together and individually. I am very grateful to have them as leading figures in this new journey.
My Experience Learning Tango in Boulder
So far my experience has