Some of the many benefits are:
- Individual: Any person can go by himself, both men and women, and they can also go in couples or in groups. It is the appropriate place to meet people of all over the world, and with varied interests. The “milonguero” codes make the interaction easier, since the “cabeceo” (movement of the head) and the intervals between tracks allow a communication between two dancers who have only then met. Or the contrary, the nameless (anonymous) is another accepted form, since the idea is to dance, and once the track is finished, each returns to his place being free to invite someone else to dance the next “tanda” (music round).
- Social: Parents, sons and grandparents can attend. They can dance between them or with others. There are no social or economical differences. To dance in a “milonga” (dance hall) implies sharing with mutual respect. This implies not only the relationship with the dancing partner but with the rest of the dancers who are dancing around them. Therefore it is very important and valued, that the spaces be respected and the sense of circulation (anticlockwise) be maintained within the hall.
- Variety: There are “milongas“ and Practices for all tastes, with most varied codes and styles. You have them at noon, afternoon, evening and night, with live orchestras, with dancing shows, with wooden floors, or ceramic ones, and the most varied surfaces. There are also on open sky. There are places where you can go with sport shoes, or in evening dress, with head movement (cabeceo) or without it. There are Queer or Gay friendly. There are with 1930 tangos, or modern tangos.
- Arts: Tango not only covers the dance, but also other arts, scenic, linguistic (slang), literary, music, cinema, dress ups, sculptures, paintings.
- Health*: It has been proved that dancing tango reports benefits to the heart rhythm and even, there are special activities for Parkinson victims. Studies performed by doctors from Fundación Favaloro, state that results show that dancing tango and milongas imply slight and moderate intensity during each musical piece. Even in elder people they correspond to efforts which mean low risk of heart or traumatic accidents and can be recommended with adequate margins of security. Studies by Dr. Patricia McKinley from Mc Gill University (Montreal, Canada) says “dancing Tango implies exercising in many functions. The dance requires attention. Be it from the partner that improvises the steps or in the partner following them. Steps can vary in a series of combinations which tend to the creation, and the particularity and the joy of the dancers. Tango is never the same: there is an interaction of the dancers.”
*Source: Book “Con el Corazón en el Tango” by Dr Roberto M. Peidro, Fundación Favaloro.
In my opinion, there are very few activities that ensure so many immediate benefits, accessible, universal and original as Tango. A proof is that it is danced all over the world. Adrian Luna