22 July 2010
Only in tango have I experienced the deepest connections with my dance partner. This, none more so manifested by heartbeats. In between dances during the tanda, there is that few seconds before each dance begins.
When the first bars of the music fills the air, it permeates my senses. I feel the music. I feel my partner. I breathe slowly and deeply while listening to the music. I listen to her. Then... There it is!
I feel my heart thumping, as if to the beat. In between heartbeats, I feel another set... Her own heart beating.
In this one fleeting moment (spanning a mere second or two) is the real beginning of "The tango experience." It is when I feel hearts and the music in harmonious synchronization is when our dance begins.
It is a connection of souls. It is one conversation without words. It is warm, comforting, real, and simply human. It is a beautiful thing.