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Balance and tango

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This is not about getting a balance in your life that includes tango… this can be very hard to do when you are hooked, but about staying balanced while you dance.
My dancing days began in the rock 'n' roll era, so I have been balancing on 2 legs for many years. But I have only been dancing tango for 14 years, I came to it after my family had grown, and I fell in love with the music at a WOMAD festival. One of the things I find most difficult about tango is balance - and last night when I danced after midnight, with a young Argentinian half my age I noticed it particularly. His movements were slow and elegant, completely musical, but necessitating that I keep my balance all the time, more difficult to do in a slow tango than in a waltz or milonga.
Tango itself is an exercise in balance, so is the yoga I do most days of the week, but still I find that balance is not always intuitive.
Our vestibular system has a balance centre inside our ears that detects whether we are upright, …