There is a belief that the embrace of tango has other intentions beyond mere dance. What goes through the body in those early stages when we embrace the other before starting to walk together on the musical track? What happens in dance when that embrace melts? Let us know more about the embrace of tango- truths or myths.
Embrace in Tango - Tango and milonga experiences are not transferable, no one can tell or explain to you what they feel when they start moving in an embrace on a particular tango music. The language of tango is very peculiar and only those who dance, know that hugging is part essential to speak this "language". Those who start dancing tango are initially scared to take a class or go to a milonga and to embrace someone unknown. They have inhibitions initially, but once you start dancing, shame disappears and you embrace this code which is rife amongst milongueros. To hug a stranger initially is difficult specially if you have grown up in the culture of "do not talk to strangers." But the milonga is a game where it not only "worth" it, but rather it is essential to be part of this world.
Dancers do not have any myth that hugging has other intentions. Well, we are not innocent, yes, some of it may have. Embrace is similar to a hug like in an office or on the street or in other contexts. When one embraces, there is no direct physical contact, which brings the bodies close. But there are no sexual intentions either. Those who engage in the dance have the sense of touch more developed, and head open enough to understand these new languages that are so subtle as virtual, where there is this physical body, yet are very powerful to communicate .
After researching in the milongas on the embrace and intentions, when I asked people why they danced, most replied that they dance for fun, to improve their dance to connect with your body pleasure, to enjoy, to learn, to disconnect from the world, for personal challenge.
In addition, we know that for milongueros, every hug is unique. There is definitely some space left between the two bodies in an embrace. That space creates an intimacy impenetrable for those outside hug. There is no single way to embrace in tango. The important thing is that the dancers can be united and create a certain complicity between each other. It is the way the bodies unite and allow communication. It is important to conform to the other, because each person has a way of embracing and the combination of the two will create something unique.
Hugging is an area of mutual reciprocity, which is shared, is built and modified in the same dance. You can change shape and contact. The important thing is not to lose the connection.