London dance craze: you know when you’ve been tangoed

Posted at 11:30 am, September 16, 2012 in Arts & Entertainment, Music & Nightlife
 © Anne Gerrish http://annegerrish.wordpress.com/

Get a move on because  it’s get hot in here. It may take two to tango but you have to be in the know to take the lead. We’ve put together some hints and tips to help you on your way.

The look
All about the shoes. Bejewelled strappy sandals imported from Argentina. Suits (men) and split skirts (ladies) for the old guard. Trainers and harem pants for the new school.

Who they are
People searching for something, but even they might not know what (or who) it is. Tango is a dance full of nostalgia and longing and clinging to all the unbearably beautiful sadness in the world. It’s also a gorgeously subtle physical language of concentrated faces, eyes half-closed and bodies engaged in silent conversations. On the dancefloor you’ll find successful 30- and 40-something women dreaming of giving up their City jobs and half a century of feminism to run away to Buenos Aires to follow some hirsute stud around the city’s latenight milongas (tango clubs).

Where to find them
Dancing on the streets at Spitalfields Market (Tango at Spitalfields, September 27), in close embraces in shadowy basement clubs, or sitting on the sidelines, waiting to be asked to dance (it’s a bit old-fashioned, this one).

To keep up to date with the latest in dance, see timeout.com.

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