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I Want to Tango!

Updated on May 10, 2017

Please, Can I Dance the Tango?

I know I could never master the Tango. I have trouble enough with a simple waltz.

But for once, for just once in my life, I want to stride onto the dance floor and knock everyone dead with a controlled, yet passionately wild, tango. I want to sway sinuously with the grace of a panther. I want the spectators to swoon at my dazzling display.

I would need a stunning dress of course, an hour with the hairdresser and a virile, handsome partner.

Antonio Banderas will do.

Moonlight Dance Studio

I want to Tango with Antonio Banderas!

The Dance of Passion

So I don't get to Tango with Antonio Banderas. Sigh.

Dancing the Tango with Antonio is only a dream. But what a dream!

Maybe I could just pose in a gorgeous red frock with a dashing young beau for a photoshoot? That would be very nice, but it's not dancing the Tango!

It's been a long time since I could fit into a slinky dress. Of course I could still wear one, if perhaps in a larger size, but the visual effect wouldn't be as pleasing as I would want.

For the Tango is a Dance of Passion and the sight of your average suburban grandmother in a backless frock hurling her legs about isn't one to inspire passion (unless in the heart of a Jenny Craig consultant).


Did I say Passion?

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Attempting the Basic Steps of a Tango

I've studied the technique shown in the video below, played it, paused it, played it again, practiced and practiced till I'm bright red in the face ... but I still can't tango!

The Gauchos of Argentina

It's said that the Tango originated with the Gauchos of Argentina, those cowboys of the Pampas.. They wore leather chaps, hardened from horse foam and sweat and were thus forced to walk with their knees flexed.

They would go to the crowded night clubs and ask the local girls to dance. Since the gaucho hadn't showered, the lady would dance in the crook of his right arm, holding her head back away from the pungency. Her right hand was held low on his left hip, close to his pocket, looking for a payment for dancing with him.

I don't know how true this is but it's certainly a good story.

Rudolph Valentino as a Gaucho, 1921

According to Al Pacino

"The Tango is the easiest dance. If you make a mistake and get tangled up, you just Tango on." says Al Pacino.

Easy enough for him to say, he's never danced the Tango with me.

Do you think Antonio Banderas would read this? Would he be moved to escort me onto the floor and dance a Tango with me? And if he did, would I be rooted to the spot in sheer fright? Some of those dance steps make my hair curl.

Nerves of Steel?


I would need sublime confidence in my partner and nerves of steel to do this. Come to think of it, I don't recall ever being as supple as this.Unless I've merely forgotten.

How about you?

Would you like to Dance the Tango?

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All comments are greatly appreciated. Antonio, you can message me privately .... anytime

It takes Two to Tango .. why not leave me a comment?

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I love watching good dancers do the tango. What a beautiful dance.

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Im not dancer, but the Tango has always enchanted me. Its an amazing dance to do with someone I imagine.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love to watch people Tango and would really like to do it myself but I think those days are long gone for me.

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      grannysage 4 years ago

      I know my limitations. Even when I do the Twist now, things twist and jiggle that were not there in my younger years. A Tango would put me on the floor writhing in pain from a back spasm. I shall admire from afar. I take it Antonio has never answered you, huh? Oh well, I haven't heard from Baryshnikov either.

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      Sherry Venegas 4 years ago from La Verne, CA

      One time I stopped at a car parking booth and my brain tricked me into thinking the attendant was Antonio. The nervous state I went into was almost overwhelming. I will never forget the reaction I got from simply viewing a handsome face at an unexpected moment.

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      seegreen 5 years ago

      I've never had the opportunity to tango, and I don't think I would be brave enough to if I had the chance. Far too intense for me. But I do like to watch others dancing the tango, especially if they are very good at it.

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      Julia M S Pearce 5 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Would lovely to be able to Tango! A beautiful sensual dance full of passion!

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      Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

      HOT! I am looking for the red dress...:)

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      joanveronica 6 years ago

      Really good focus on the Tango. You've somehow managed to turn something that is usually profound and a subject of deep meditation and even deeper emotions, all rather dark in color, into a frolic, and a nice one at that! And it is quite clear that there was no disrespect meant! Fantastic! And I really know a lot about the Tango, so this is a valid opinion!

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      Ah, Tango.... the dance of passion. It never fails to captivate me. Although I usually leave the dancing to the pros, I think with that red frock you mention, a handsome Argentinian (seeing as you've already laid claim to Antonio Banderas), and some music I won't be able to resist!

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      rozalex lm 6 years ago

      I wish i could tango :P

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      Odille Rault 6 years ago from Gloucester

      What a fun, interesting and wonderfully personal lens - And I bet you could tango better than you think! :)

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      KarenTBTEN 6 years ago

      Well... I might be able to do the pose in the Nerves of Steel picture, but not actually tango. (I could maybe pose and look flexible, but it's best not to expect dance steps or coordinated movements of any sort.)

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      SandyPeaks 6 years ago

      I got my Bronze medal in Tango when I was in my teens. It's not an easy dance because it's rather an odd beat, and requires a rather stiff stance. I preferred the square tango, it was easier and more fun!

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Tango is not a easy dance, doing it right is an art. I love tango and I enjoy the best tango dancers of all times.


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      Julia M S Pearce 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      TheTango a wonderful passionate dance! Why not have some lessons?

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      I love to Tango, but sadly I haven't danced in years. It is a dance of passion, and wow what a great idea, tango with Antonio Banderas

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I would need a lot more than a red dress!

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      jbarnhart41 8 years ago

      What a fun lens Susanna! I have always wanted to learn to tango too.

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      Sue Mah 8 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      In my line dancing class, we learnt some tango dances but the effect is spoiled with no handsome man as a partner. The tango looks much better with someone else dancing it. Do share your tango dance on youtube when you get to dance with Antonio Banderas !