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Common Myths About Tango

Katharina Joite

Tango conjures up plenty of images… red roses, jealousy, incredible choreography, glamour… the list goes on! However, there is much more to this dance than sensuality and high kicks. There seems to be a lot of misconceptions about tango, and this is only fuelled by some misinformation on the Internet. We are going to debunk these myths in this blog post. From those who think tango is ‘just a dance’ to the misconceptions about choosing a dress for tango dance classes, read on to discover more.

Myth #1 – Tango is ‘just a dance’

There is only one place to begin, and this is with the myth that tango is purely a dance and nothing more. This could not be further from the truth. Tango is a culture. Once you submerge yourself into the world of tango dancing, you become part of a community and you share the music and a special connection with all other tango dancers. Only once you start dancing will you realise how much tango has to offer.

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Myth #2 – You need to wear red

When choosing a dress for tango dance classes, a lot of people assume that their only option is red. After all, the tango seems to conjure up images of fieriness and red roses. However, there is actually no traditional colour for the tango dance, and so you can dress in any shade you wish.

Myth #3 – You need to go tango dancing with a partner

A lot of people never learn to tango dance because they believe that they need to have a partner to do so. This is a great shame because so many people end up missing out. Of course, you can come with a partner, but if you don’t know anyone that wants to dance, don’t worry. Lots of people come to classes on their own, and they meet plenty of people along the way.

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Myth #4 – You need to start tango dancing young

The fourth myth a lot of people believe is that you need to start tango dancing from a young age because of all of the ganchos, boleos, and kicks! However, you can start at any age. A lot of people start tango dancing when they hit their retirement age because they are looking for something to do. Lots of people turning up assuming they cannot dance and they are shocked by what they can achieve. Age is just a number; so do not let it put you off from booking your first class.

As you can see, there are a number of myths surrounding tango dancing. Hopefully, you now feel like you know more about this amazing dance. No matter whether you are considering taking up tango or you have recently started classes, it is important to recognise that you are participating in more than a dance – you are embracing a culture, and that is what makes the tango so special.