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Argentine Tango Quotes
"Tango is like writing a letter, it has a beginning, periods, commas, stops and an end. If you are doing figures and giros all the time, people don't see anything and that is why there is the walk - the invention of the people. In this dance of the people, which is what tango is, all the famous couples have used the walk, and they use it constantly. The tango is on the ground, it is caressing the floor. It is the ball of the foot supporting the weight of the body, right on the axis and each person on his/her own axis. If you make pupils walk at the beginning, they get bored and want to learn steps and more steps - to show off at the dance hall. So you need to have the luck of meeting a teacher who tells you: No. Look. You must walk. First walk." Miguel Zotto

"Warning: tango contains highly addictive ingredients, such as pain, pleasure, passion, excitement, connection, freedom, torment, and bliss. In seven out of ten cases it takes over a person's life." Naomi Hotta

"No woman needs more than one pair of shoes. But in the matters of women's shoes - the word need is meaningless." Alicia Munz Founder of Comme Il Faut Dance Shoes

"A good dancer is one who listens to the music. We dance the music not the steps. Anyone who aspires to dance never thinks about what he is going to do. What he cares about is that he follows the music. You see, we are painters. We paint the music with our feet.." Carlos Gavito

"People talk about styles of tango, but there is only one tango. It accommodates itself to every place and every era. When the tango was growing it took shape from location to location. For instance when it first reached the outskirts of the city (Buenos Aires) it was danced one way, In the clubs they danced a different way. In the city salons it was forbidden to dance it the way they danced in those other places." Eduardo Arquimbau

"Beginners want to dance like intermediates; intermediates want to dance like advanced dancers; advanced dancers want to dance like the greats; but the greats always go back to basics. Unknown

"When you dance with a partner you are close and the dance is very suggestive, but it is not personal. Close is what the music inspires you to become. The embrace looks personal, but what we are actually embracing is the music." Carlos Gavito

"You know what we call dancers who do a big finish on the last note? Tourists." Kelly Posadas

"A good tango dancer is someone who has rhythm and who has a good musical ear. He also has respect for the woman; to know what to do at the right time with the right partner. He adapts himself to the woman. He makes her feel that she is the best dancer. He dances for her." Pablo Veron

"However an excellent dancer you are as a man, even if you are able to dance with every woman, when you dance with a woman who can't follow you have more responsibility. You must dance perfectly, which means you can't relax, you can't think about your posture, and you can't rattle off a fine step: what is the use of being able to do everything if the woman can't follow you?" Miguel Zotto

"In social tango you move with your partner and with the music. The relationship between you and your partner is not personal. What is personal between the two of you is that you both are trying to caress the music with your feet. A good tango dancer is one who listens to the music. We dance the music, not steps. You see, we are painters. We paint the music with our feet." Miguel Zotto

"I love tango, and I used to dance when I was young." Pope Francis

"Tango is not a race: there is no finish line." Robin Thomas

"Listen to the different orchestras. You have to begin by loving tango, to let it go into your veins, until it arrives to your heart. And then seek a good teacher. Go to the milongas and dance with different people. Even if you are dating somebody, you have to dance with different women and he has to dance with different men. This way you learn to dance." Maria Nieves

"You just can't take a crash course to be a tango dancer in a movie. Robert Duvall.


The tango is really a combination of many cultures,
though it eventually became the national music of Argentina.
~ Yo Yo Ma