Two To Tango

Al Pacino danced a version of the Argentine Tango in Scent of a Woman, and if you’ve seen the film will probably remember the scene. It is one of the most passionate, sensuous dances I’ve ever viewed.

I paraphrase, Argentine Tango is an improvisational dance with four interlocking blocks—walk, turn, stop, and embellishment. The dance is a puzzle and different each time. Women and men bring their own styles making the dance exciting and unpredictable. Dancers follow certain rules but they never know how a dance will unfold with the music. The surprises create the thrill… “It really does take two to tango, because the dance isn’t just about the man leading and the woman following. Both partners have important things to contribute—like all good conversations.” – Susan August Brown for www.tejastango.com/beginning_tango.html

“And in all good relationships,” William informed me during our chat last night. Yes, he’s another internet connection. He put me on his favorite list and I loved the picture of him, wearing a black suit with a bolero hat. He’s an engineer who put Argentine Tango on his wish list of activities to partake with his romantic interest. I responded and asked if that is the dance Al Pacino dances in that great film. He answered, “Yes,” and added that is why he decided to learn the steps—he found the movie “absolutely captivating.”

“I can tell so much about a woman by dancing with her. I’d rather, if I had my way, have just one dance and I would know if the relationship is going to work for me.”

“You’re serious?”

“Oh yes. You see, the dancers of the Argentine Tango improvise moves. The couple must be fully engaged and intuitive to what will happen next. Just like relationships, don’t you agree? In life, a couple must move together through all kinds of sudden changes. Do you move together or apart? Not all women would even want to dance this dance, as it is very revealing.”

“How so?”

“Her passions, her openness. Does she keep eye contact, or look away? Is she coy? Does she like to take the lead? So much, Adrienne, is said in that wordless tour around the dance floor.”

“I googled it and there are some amazing dancers.”

“Don’t let that intimidate you. Those are competitors. The true dance is just a walk. It’s just a walk together, or… not. What do you think? You think you’d take a couple lessons and dance with me, or have I intimidated you?”

“I’m game. I love to dance. My Father and I danced at all the weddings and reunions and we would clear the dance floor. He loved to waltz and I’ve never danced with someone with his moves. I loved it. I miss that about him, now that he is gone. We fought and disagreed so much in life, but the dance floor was a time of truce.”

“I love that. I danced with my daughters too and taught them many dances.”

“This is great! I write a romance column online. I delve into all kinds of subjects and this is unique. You are unique.”

“Are you going to write about me then?” he laughed.

“I should never have told you that. I never do. I want to write about this—The Argentine Tango. I’ve never met anyone who loves to dance as much as you… and never someone who sees dance as a measurement of success in a relationship.”

“Well, it just makes sense, doesn’t it Adrienne?”

“You’ve convinced me. Don’t think that just because I took ballet and jazz in school that I will dazzle you immediately. I think I need a few lessons before we make an attempt.”

“We are are on even ground, Ms. Adrienne. You and your words, and me and my dance floor.”

“Touché!”

 

Two To Tango © 2011 Adrienne S Moody. Read the latest Adrienne outdoor adventure and romantic exploit on Now.readthisplease.

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