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Psychological and Physiological Benefits of Argentine Tango

Argentine Tango arouses the psyche drawing the mind out of melancholic reverie or dissociation (sometimes associated with PTSD) and into the present - the present is a time that is perceived directly, not as a recollection or a speculation.  The prolonged effect of a sustained focus in the present can be mood elevating.

The metaphysical aspect to Argentine Tango involves focus on individual existence, spatial awareness,  causality and possibility, leading to opportunity and improvisation.  Argentine Tango heightens our perception and cognitive reaction. 

The science of kinesiology is the assessment of movement, performance and physical processes leading to rehabilitation through the prevention and management of disorders. Physiologically Argentine Tango enhances movement, performance, and function including balance, alignment and proprioception (the sense that indicates whether the body is moving with required effort, as well as where the various parts of the body are located in relation to each other).  

The physiological learning process creates new pathways for the brain to function while kinesthetically developing tools for alignment, motion and dexterity. Training in Argentine Tango has been shown to improve the movement and mobile functionality of patients with Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's and the general adverse effects of ageing.

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Guardian of the Art

Apparently I have earned a reputation as a "Guardian of the Art".  This is a wonderful compliment and it places a considerable responsibility InStrangersArmson me to continue to protect the principal elements that characterize traditional, authentic Argentine Tango.  Since I learned of this distinction I have taken on the responsibility to focus every class on improving the quality, clarity and precision of Connection, Dissociation and Improvisation - the essence of Argentine Tango.

Connection:  Gentle touch with focused concentration, the 'connection' is best described as transcendental.  Partners focus on one another to develop an invisible but palpable relationship, defined by the desire to remain in a measured close proximity without interrupting or imposing on one another.

Dissociation:  With reference to self, dissociation is the separation and independent calculated movement of different parts of the body.  With reference to partner, we develop an understanding of how the transfer of energy may be given and received consecutively, not concurrently, which is observed as 'energy in motion'.

Improvisation:  When the partners connect and have developed sufficient dissociation they are able to move in a uniquely coordinated way that allows the dance to be created in real time.  Unplanned, unrehearsed.  The ultimate freedom of expression.

In Strangers' Arms  - The Magic of the Tango is written by Beatrice Dujovne, my friend.

Tango - Captivating & Inspirational

Tango in Silouhettesilhouette6 The principal objective of Tango Fantástico is to promote the art and culture of Argentine Tango through instruction and demonstration.

Often described as the seductive dance of one body with four legs, Argentine Tango is an expressive dance that follows artistic lines which are both improvised and led.  The dancers become the music and the music is the dance.

The tango embrace is close, soft and warm. Complicated improvised patterns are executed with precision and elegance; the tangling and unraveling of intertwined legs, deliberate and poised.  The fluid movement of the dancers is captivating and unique - an improvised dance is never repeated. 


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