Argentine Tango is the most difficult form of ballroom dancing I have ever encountered. In the Waltz step there are basic counts to follow; the tradition is to stick to a pre-conceived rhythm and pattern. This is true for all other forms of ballroom, except for Argentine Tango (different than American Tango, which does follow a count pattern).
In ballroom dance there is a follow and a lead; typically the lead is the man and the follow, a woman. Both roles are very difficult to fill and perform correctly. For starters women tend to know where they want to go and how much distance they want to cover and when they want to get there; whereas for men they don’t want to come across as too pushy or they’re scared they’ll make a woman uncomfortable by how they touch or hold them. On top of a man’s fear of crossing boundaries the woman doesn’t want to follow him because she made up her mind 10 minutes ago, in the parking lot as to where and when and how she wanted to dance. It’s a problem; for those persistent enough and capable of conquering such a feat the rewards are endless.
In Argentine Tango the lead is completely unpredictable because, while there is technique to the style of dancing, there are no perimeters on how you should move and at what tempo and rhythm. The song could be upbeat and joyful, and the man could be leading this dance of despair; the woman must follow. It’s the most beautiful thing to watch (see here, here, and here – seriously beautiful) and even more breathtaking to partake in. For an Argentine Tango dance it is a requirement if one wants to dance it well, to be in tune with the music, your body and your partner’s body. This is a discipline.
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