One day a couple of years ago I reluctantly went along to watch some tango dancing classes with a girlfriend……who would have known what would happen! I am now part of an amazing community of passionate people, who love it when you connect… and I mean that literally and metaphorically!
Every year there is a tango festival in Bundanoon; alternatively organised between ACT and Sydney. This year it was Canberra’s time to organise and there were 200 dancers registered…
These people travel the world just to dance tango! Who knew?!
Once day I shall go to Buenos Aires!
This weekend was so tiring and I didn’t dance all the time, (due to my photography commitments) but it was wonderful to meet some gorgeous people and and watch such expertise on the dance floor.
Sometimes it looks, from the outside, that it is a serious endeavour; the closed eyes and the sometime sombre expression, but I reckon its an expression of bliss most the time! (though with me it’s most likely is concentration!… yes! I need to chill and not think at times…. I know!)
Anyway, here are a few images from the weekend and also a couple of videos. The first is the Chacarera
According to Wikipedia
“The Chacarera is a dance and music originated in Santiago del Estero, Argentina. It is a genre of folk music that, for many Argentines, serves as a rural counterpart to the cosmopolitan imagery of the Tango. A dance form played by contemporary musicians as soloists or in small ensembles of voice, guitar, violin and bombo drum, the Chacarera is often legitimized by its “origin” in the remote province of Santiago del Estero. It is also the product of a romanticized construction of national identity projected by urban cultural institutions and disseminated through the mass media.
The second video is a solo performance by Liz Young on violin and some very appreciative dancers, enjoying her performance. I loved this!
All in all, if you are wanting to get out and have some lovely exercise and meet new friends I can highly recommend dancing.
If you also want to learn about another culture, its music and dance then learn Argentine Tango.