Last night I had my first Tango lesson! A local dance school was having free lessons in a town square in San Jose, so I headed into town ready for a good night of dancing. I had never Tangoed before, so it’s a good thing everybody else there was also a beginner.
- The first exercise we did was to make everyone feel more comfortable being there. For about two minutes, we had to walk around saying “hola” and hugging random strangers. I hugged everyone from young hippies to old, fragile grandmas (it’s amazing how diverse a class can be when it’s free). A little bizarre, I know, but it was actually refreshing and made everyone happier and eager to start learning.
- The second exercise was between partners. Your partner put one hand on your chest and one on your back and walked you around while you had your eyes shut. I went with my friend Gabby, and I can honestly say we bonded a lot during that exercise. It’s frightening to let someone who you don’t know all that well lead you around while you’re essentially blind!
- Last, we finally started dancing. We only learned a simple five steps consisting of back, side, front, front, side, but after a few songs of deep concentration and staring at our feet, we finally got the hang of it. The free class is once a month so by the end of my time here, I’m sure I’ll be dancing like a pro. Until then, I’ll just be inspired to listen to some Tango music and stream a few episodes of Dancing With the Stars.