by Marina Harss. Published in The New York Times, September 24, 2015.
For many people, including me, the word tango conjures the image of a pantherlike milonguero, hair slicked back, in a breathless embrace with a lithe, rapt partner, skirt slit to her thigh, trembling at his every touch. It is the image promoted by big tango shows; the dance becomes a metaphor for Passion with a capital P, rigorously heterosexual and male-dominated, wrapped up in a dynamic of tormented female desire and irresistible male seduction. (Forget that in the early days, men often danced with other men.)
More recently, tango has also moved away from its focus on men leading women around the dance floor. There are other options. Men are dancing with men, women with women; women are leading and men are learning to follow. Often, these roles shift mid-dance.
This liberating and democratizing evolution is largely the product of the Queer Tango movement…
Read the full article: ‘Queer Tango Brings Its Liberated Style to New York’ by Marina Harss at The New York Times’ website.