Tango Words

Tension and Relaxation

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“Relaxing in tango is not an ordinary state of relaxation. It is achieving a very delicate balance between intense concentration and letting go. Only in that special state of mind is it possible for a woman to sense a man’s every move and follow instantly, in harmony and without thinking. Not unlike making love, but more constant. Your body should not need to have tension but it needs a strong tone and ‘density’ of movement to produce that exciting ‘controlled power’ sort of slow motion look of tango, like held back speed. So, you have to use ‘tension’ sometimes but as an artistic means to an end. All of these things take time to develop. And I think, only once you are actually able and have the body to dance it, do you actually really understand how it works.”

— Astrid (quoted on Tango-L)

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