I have been reading about the certain something about Buenos Aires, the energy and life and tango there that does not exist in quite the same way anywhere else. Friends who have been to Buenos Aires tell me that they think I would fall in love with the city – and they were just talking about the city, not the dancing. Once I am ready (can you ever be ready?) I want to go there, experience everything about Tango Mecca.
But I want to get as much out of it as I can. Before I went to a Spanish-speaking country, I got myself to the point where going there would make me fluent. I want the same with my dancing. I don’t want to go just to see it and be overwhelmed and perhaps pick up a thing or two – I want to go when I have enough technique and style and spirit that I really develop my dancing from the experience. To be at a stage where I can fall in love with the uniqueness of Buenos Aires and the dancing there.
So I am resolving to travel a bit more domestically, to take in other big tango scenes here, before I make the Hajj. Are there places in the US that are more or less rites of passage, that help prepare a dancer for bigger trips or introduce unique elements (techniques, feelings, crowded floors!) to one’s dancing? Or can nothing prepare you for that first trip to Buenos Aires? In some ways I am anxious to visit, but in many ways I am excited to get more dancing experience before I go. Plus, all of this waxing poetic about Buenos Aires is making me nostalgic for my favorite Spanish-speaking city – it’s hard to plan trips when you can’t pick just one beautiful foreign country to visit!