Tango as if you were a porteño
My most recent trip was a true hunt for frequent flyer miles to culminate my quest towards United Premier Gold which comes with some nifty perks.
After having a short one day stopover in Madrid, it led me across the Atlantic to Buenos Aires and Montevideo.
The vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires was the primary destination, the raison d’être. For some reason I was almost certain it would be a lovely place to visit, but I never imagined it to be… amazing.
When thinking of Argentina, one will most likely associates it with juicy grilled steaks, full-bodied Malbec wine, Messi-like football, & passionate tango. Its capital is no exception and has it all.
Ever since I saw Al Pacino bedazzle Gabrielle Anwar during one of the scenes from Scent of a woman, tango seemed like a dance with an irresistible charm.
After an extensive search on the internet and with some help from Dominiek, I found the perfect escuela de tango: DNI Tango.
They have their very own shop selling shoes & clothes and offer group as well as private classes. I was looking for the latter: someone to show me basic steps in a more soothing setting. Reservations were handled properly by email and directions are well described on their website.
No clue what to expect, I arrived feeling very relaxed and was greeted by the friendly staff who pointed me towards a room upstairs which reminded me of the movie Fame, nevertheless it might have been my imagination..
My teacher, Natalia, entered shortly after and we had a friendly chat about my travels, how long I was staying and then the inevitable question: “Will this be your first tango lesson?”
Undeniably, yes. We started off with the basics: posture, embrace,.. going in circles counter clockwise and having some goods laughs along the way. I joked about my somewhat sweaty hands at first or my inability to slide smoothly over the hardwood floor, but she always I said was doing very well, for a first-timer of course.
I felt confident that I was indeed doing a good job but at the same time I was well aware I wasn’t going to sweep her off her feet.. Although it almost came to that when an unfortunate side-step went, uhm, sideways.
If anyone is still wondering why I think this was one of those magical moments, try to imagine:
You’re halfway across the world, dancing world’s most passionate dance with a beautiful woman, eye gazing, having a great time while music from violins and a piano ignites the room. Call me sentimental, but it’s most likely the shortest yet intense ‘love’ story ever..
Unavoidably the lesson did come to an end, one hour after our acquaintance,..
After some friendly small talk and having said goodbye, I decided to go for another stroll through the city and walk back to my fabulous hotel: the Intercontinental Buenos Aires.
I’m pretty sure I smiled the entire time, not having a care in the world, stepping into random shops buying a Tango Music cd and some lottery tickets…
For a quick bite may I suggest:
El Rincón Orgánico
-tasty & healthy food
-affordable (try the menú del día)
-100m -> DNI