Have you ever been captivated by sultry Argentinian tango dancers smoothly sliding across the dance floor and thought "I wish I could dance like that?" Well, the good news is you can with lessons from a pro and practice, practice, practice with social tango dancing.
The original Argentine tango has its roots firmly planted in a Buenos Aires suburb called San Telmo. Until a recent trip to Argentina, tango to my ears always sounded like love serenades, then a local explained to us that the lyrics actually tell about politics and the story of the suffering people endured during the economic depression of the early 20th century. People would come to sing and dance tango. Tango literally led to cultural and economic revival of Argentina. Despite its melancholic history, Argentine tango is beautiful to dance and to see danced.
Argentine born Kristina Diaz, from Dance with Kristina tango dance, is well known figure in Melbourne's Latin dance scene and holds classes for everyone from beginner to stars on Fridays at Fusion Dance Studio, 478 Smith Street, Fitzroy.
The next six-week beginner's course for 2012 starts on October 1, 2012. Private classes are also available.
Don't have a partner? No worries, or 'no te preocupes' as the Argentinians would say. There is sure to be another single dancer in the class.
If you're an old hat and want to improve your moves, Dance with Kristina also has workshops to improve skills in posture, balance, axis, alignment, torsion, pivoting, turning & flexibility. In no time you will be doing more twists and turns than a ride at Luna Park.
Ready to tango? Here's some music suggestions to get you moving: Por una Cabeza by Carlos Gardel
Milonga by Astor Piazolla
Santa Maria by Gotan Project
Ví Luz y Subi by Narcotango
Want some more inspiration? Visit the Tango Australia website for all things tango in Australia.