International Tango = Passion of “Wuthering Heights” x “Carmen”
Subtitle: Why International Tango, and Why Not Argentine Tango
I am a social dancer. What does that mean? — I go social dancing. — That means swing dance, hustle, west coast swing, salsa, merengue, bachata, etc. But I haven’t really gotten into Argentine tango. So why not Argentine Tango? I know a lot of non-ballroom dancers say — Argentine Tango is more genuine style. First of all, Argentine Tango and Ballroom Tango use different style of music. For some music, you may do either, but depending on the mood of the music, one style fits better than the other. But what makes me prefer one over the other? I say it’s personal preference. Then what makes me prefer one style over the other?
When I looked at the following video from 2000, I had an answer.
It’s because of those great dancers who danced international style tango so beautifully and I just can’t get over them.
Plus I feel International Tango is a whole lot more macho. Let me explain. How do you express the mood of Heathcliff and Catherine (Wuthering Heights), or Carmen and Don José (Opera Carmen)? The word “romance” can not replace the word “passion” in this case. In many ways, they are two different animals. And I think “passion” is what International Style Ballroom Tango is about. The clip is from ca~2000 Japan.
See if you can find:
Luca Baricchi & Loraine Baricchi
Augusto Schiavo & Caterina Arzenton
Massimo Giorgianni & Alessia Manfredini
Fabio Selmi & Simona Fancello
Timothy Howson & Joanne Bolton
Alan Shingler & Donna Shingler
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