Dance Tidbits

I’m sure you have all heard the saying, “It Takes Two To Tango” which usually means it’s not just one person’s doing but definitely two people are involved in the situation.

Well, I can see how they got that expression because the Tango is one of the only dances in the world where you start in dance position and totally face your partner. We’re talking heavy eye contact.

The origin of the Tango is sometime in the 1890’s. It started in Argentina and Uruguay with influences from Africa and Europe. Throughout the years, many forms of Tango came to be and it is quite a popular dance. Argentine Tango is one of the most popular variations and its dramatic moves are widely entertaining.

That’s why when you learn to Tango, it is not only important to master the basic steps but it is equally challenging to be able to hold a straight posture while continually facing your partner. You better believe “It Takes Two To Tango.” You are in this together and you are only as good your partner. You are a team, become the “dream” team.

They say that men used to learn to dance the Tango in the old days in order to impress the women they wished to marry. Think of the Tango kind of like they did, trying to be the best in order to win the prize. The Tango is definitely a dance that you must be in sync with your partner to create a kind of passionate heat, making it exciting enough for us the viewer, to feel it too. And one day, you could be recognized for your special skills, and just maybe, you too (two) can win the prize!

Happy dancing,



Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website