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15 December, 2010

Some Tango Quotes

Movement never lies.
~ Martha Graham

Dancers are the athletes of God.
~Albert Einstein

A day I don't dance is a day I don't live.
~ Anonymous Tunisian dancer

Dancing is like dreaming with your feet!
~ Constanze

Only the wise can dance the rhythm of life.
~ Unknown

Nothing is more revealing than movement.
~ Martha Graham

Dance first. Think later. It's the natural order.
~ Samuel Beckett

Dancing is a relatively safe form of intoxication.
~ from Copeland & Cohen

Don't dance for the audience; dance for yourself.
~ Bob Fosse

Dance is not something to talk about. Dance is to dance.
~ Peter Saint James

Everyday I count wasted in which there has been no dancing.
~ Nitzsche

We're fools whether we dance or not, so might as well dance.
~Japanese Proverb

There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.
~ Vicki Baum

Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the dance?
~ Lewis Caroll

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.
~ Epictetus

"She may be horizontally desirable in life, but she's vertically challenging in tango..."

"I believe that Tango has the potential to bring out the best in each of us, at least while in the embrace. We surrender our egos; leave prickly personality traits at the table; and cease to be CEOs, taxi drivers, engineers, unemployed. We replace all our externals with a purity of spirit, a generosity of kindness, splendid caring. And when these elements flow freely between partners, it is...the joy." (Johanna)

"I come to tango to relax - the music carries me and makes a dance for me. With other music, I have to make a dance myself" [a professional dancer]

There is no open or close embrace, there is only tango...

"Life is like Tango... sad, sensual, sexy, violent and quiet."

"Other music exists to heal wounds; but the tango when sung and played is for the purpose of opening them, for the purpose of sticking you finger in the wound and to tear them until they bleed."

"Tango is not a dance, it's a feeling. And how do you teach a feeling?"

"We dance tango because we have secrets." :: Marilyn Cole Lownes

"Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion." :: Martha Graham 1894-1919, Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer

"The music goes in my ears, is filtered through my heart, and comes out through my feet." [El Flaco Dany Garcia]

"Students must obligate their teachers to continue learning - the teachers must continue to learn." [Dana Frigoli and Pablo Villarraza

"Please, just for me, forget the steps...hold me, feel the music, and give me your soul. Then I can give you mine." [Sallycat]

You don't *do* boleos. Boleos happen." [Limerick Tango]


"It's not so much that he led me, but more like he willed my movements..." [a woman talking about dancing with Pablo Veron]


Translation from El Tango Una Danza by Rodolfo Dinzel:
The tango demands communion [understanding, empathy, connection] of the couple. For this communion to succeed, its members must give in, adapt themselves, make themselves complementary.
and,
Borges, from La Dicha (Happiness):
Loado sea el amor en el que no hay poseedor ni poseĆ­da, pero los dos se entregan
(Praised be the love wherein there is no possessor and no possessed, but both surrender)



" That which you have danced, nobody can take away from you". (unknown.)

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