Why Tango: Essays on learning, dancing and living tango argentino (Paperback)
If you are interested in Argentine tango you know that, as Veronica writes in one of her essays, "Tango, no matter your involvement in it, becomes a kind of a world separate from the rest, with its own particular joys, sorrows, difficulties, rules, goals and pleasures." And in this world there are both happiness and suffering. Whether you are a total beginner or an experienced dancer, in Veronica's essays you will discover a rich source of knowledge and inspiration as she tackles complex psychological, social and pegagodical issues in tango as a social dance and a performing art. Her essays offer a profound and well articulated reflection on the contemporary tango scene, supported by insights from psychology, neuroscience, biomechanics and bodymind techniques.What is the most effective way of learning tango? Why do we suffer so much while trying to learn it? How to stay happy and healthy while engaging intensively in this activity? Why does tango bring us so much joy and how to cultivate this joy no matter your age, looks and physical capacities? These are just some of the questions the author touches upon in this book that includes her first nineteen essays written between November 2013 and December 2014. Her essays, published as a blog on her Facebook page, are shared by tango people all over the world and translated into 14 languages so far by enthusiast volunteers.
Veronica Toumanova is a Paris-based professional tango dancer and teacher. She has been dancing tango since 2000 and actively teaching and performing since 2007. In Paris she is one of the founders and teachers of Tango Mon Amour, a group of five tango professionals from Paris and Lyon. Originally born and raised in Moscow, where she studied fine arts, Veronica moved to The Netherlands after finishing college, where she had her first encounter with tango while working in interface design. She later changed her career in order to dedicate herself fulltime to Argentine tango. Despite her education in fine arts Veronica has always danced and her experience in modern, contemporary dance and classical ballet allowed her to build a solid performing and teaching career in tango, further enriched by her experience with various bodywork techniques. She has worked with different partners, performing and teaching in France, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Norway, Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia and USA. Since 2013 she is also a world-famous tango blogger thanks to her profoundly psychological essays on learning tango and its social dynamics. Her essays have been translated into 14 languages by enthusiastic volunteers world-wide. She continues to publish her newest essays on her Facebook page and her website www.verotango.com.