There is a big difference between social dancing and performance in tango. While performance focuses on showcasing intricate steps and choreography, social dancing is all about connection, emotions, and enjoying the music.
As my friend July Taylor said, to be able to dance tango socially, you need to learn the fundamentals of a good embrace, walking, and music interpretation. These skills are the foundation of social dancing, allowing you to connect with your partner and express the emotions of the music.
When dancing in a milonga, it's not just about showing off your technique, but also about creating a shared experience with your partner and the other dancers. It's about feeling the music and letting it guide your movements, and being present in the moment with your partner.
This message is not just for people who have never danced before. It reminds us to pay attention to the basics and to always try to improve our embrace, walk, and musicality. Even the most experienced dancers can benefit from going back to the basics, because it helps us keep in touch with what tango is all about: connection, emotion, and music. So, let's embrace these basics and keep growing and changing as tango dancers, on and off the dance floor.