Hard times and tango

We came to tango at a difficult time in our lives. The business that we had built up over a couple of decades had been lost in a nasty take-over and it looked like we could lose everything. Tango was a great outlet. We would go to classes (at that time there was really no choice for the non-Spanish speaking would-be dancer which was fortunate because we learnt from an amazing dancer and teacher, Daniel Mahni)and to an occasional milonga, where we would hang out with people who knew nothing about our other lives. We have made some very good friends.
Dancing tango and listening to tango music are like the meditation that comes with yoga breathing control (pranayama) which was the other outlet we found at this time. They enable me to get lost in the moment and to come out refreshed and ready for whatever comes next.
Tango itself has brought some hard times - in the way of nastiness and petty behaviour on the part of those who have yet to mentally grow into adulthood. But these have not been enough to take me away from this recreation/re-creation (an excellent word for what tango is).
A few years ago I made a friend at tango who had lost her adult daughter only months before to a brain tumour. For her tango was also an escape - and when she herself became ill with cancer she managed to tango until it was no longer possible. Tango music and musicians featured at her funeral.
As we go through yet another financial crisis tango, I know, will play an important role in keeping us sane.


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