Poetry of Tango

ARGENTINE TANGO IS MORE THAN A DANCE
It is a feeling of love and emotion
That gives life to our music
-Ricardo Vidort (1929 – 2006), thanks to Oscar Casas

TANGO IS IN THE HEART
El tango no está en los pies. Está en el corazón.
Tango is not in the feet. It is in the heart.

LOOKING GOOD OR FEELING GOOD
The fundamental failure of most design (read ‘Tango’) is its insistence on serving the God of “looking-good” rather than the God of “being-good”.
~Richard Saul Wurman

INSTRUMENTS OF PLEASURE / FOLLOWERS OF DELIGHT
Leads in tango are searchers, like musicians,
Who have to find their instruments each evening.
Monkish in dark clothes, seeking insight and inspiration,
They gather in twilight, on well-worn wood, to punctuated melodies.

Followers, how does it feel to have your body become music?
~Boyle

YOU MUST GIVE EVERYTHING
When you dance tango you must give everything.
If you can’t do that, do not dance.
~Ricardo Vidort

SIMPLICITY IS THE ULTIMATE
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication (Leonardo Da Vinci). And it’s what makes Argentine Tango so elegant, yet complex. Most everyone feels that they can dance simply, while few actually can.
(Inspiration from my friends, Angeles Chanaha and Michael Nadtochi)
~Richard Miller

MILONGUEORO DANCERS FEEL
Milonguero Tango dancers feel what Nuevo Tango dancers see.
~Richard Miller

THE CORE OF TANGO
Social dancing .. is the core of tango. It has been said before, but it’s worth repeating: Everything we have ever seen in a class, or on a stage, or in a movie, is tango that these people did first in the milongas (in Buenos Aires). They, or their parents, invented it, or copied it, and maybe changed it a little. Everything that tango is today was created by them, and is continuing to be perfected by them (while social dancing).
~Rick McGarrey and his masterful website TangoandChaos.org

“I CAN’T DO WHAT THEY DO”

“I perform on stage, but I can’t dance like the milongueros.
I study them, but I can’t do what they do.”
~Miguel Angel Zotto in a discussion with Rick McGarrey

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