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Tango and the Poetic Body

Holiday Tango Therapy Classes!
By Christina Johnson and Ezequiel A. Peinado
Tue, Dec 19, and 26, 10:3011:30am
Optional time practice11:30am2:30pm
Pure Fitness studio, Stirling Dickinson 15
180 pesos per couple per class or 650 for the series of 4, paid on first class
120 pesos per single for class, or 450 for the series of 4, paid on first class
30 pesos each person for each practice hour.
Please bring correct change!
Christina: 154 9085
No partner needed!

By Christina Johnson
“Sunday, March 15, 2017
I don’t feel I belong in this year of 2017. Rather I belong to the decade of the 1950’s and rolled jeans and high heels and lipstick, and to the 1930’s when Argentine tango became liberated and threatened the heart of Europe.

The huge art deco cafe is now filling up; there were only six tables filled when I arrived. Buenos Aires is incredible, as you can never guess where people are from because most of the Porteños look European. Thus, the three women with Chardonnay colored hair are chatting in Castellano, and the handsome men with thick white hair next to me are also speaking Castellano but it is obvious from their accents that they have dense Italian roots.

It is Sunday in Buenos Aires, and everyone likes to go to the cafe and then perhaps take a power walk or a wheelchair stroll through the cemetery and go sit under the world’s largest Banyan tree.”


Whenever I go to Buenos Aires, I feel like writing. I dance hours of tango each day, and the more I dance the more creative I feel. It has been 18 years since I started dancing Argentine tango, and I have learned that the way I live most happily includes some of the principles of tango: courtesy, respect, heart to heart dialogue, living and moving from the heart.

In Tango Therapy, my teaching partner and I share that tango is not just a dance, it is a culture; a music and lifestyle that grew from German, Italian, and African immigrants during the 1800’s in Buenos Aires. Tango includes a way of moving that enjoys balance, creativity, coordination, and either close or casual body connection.

As we grow older, it is important to stay moving in order to maintain a healthy heart. When we enjoy our way of moving, we get the added benefits of inspirational thinking and confidence. Sometimes we exercise because we have to, but we can find a variety of exercise that is kind to our joints and spine and is not robotic.

With Tango Therapy, I have combined some movements from tango dance, other moves from dance therapists and some from my experience with Pilates and yoga. We do exercises mindfully, which means paying attention to the detail of a movement and learning what that particular muscle movement does. We challenge our brains to gain greater memory capacity and to initiate completely foreign ways of moving. We practice the basics of tango: how to use our core or axis, connect with a partner, develop the power of intention, and to begin to create physical poetry inside your body and express it using tango music.

Through the series of classes, students will learn basic moves of tango, but also may develop more skill generating thoughtful and fluid movements. We practice exercises together that do not require opposite gender partners. This class was designed for those over 50 who may have some difficulty with fluid movement, but any age is welcome. No partner needed!




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