It’s time to tango
Discover the universal language of dance
Ariadna Naveira has been dancing, pretty much since she could walk. Coming from a family of tango dancers, she learned her first routines with her brother, Federico.
“I have been dancing since I was three,” she explains. “Though when you’re that young, it’s not about the style, it feels kind of like a game.
“My father, my mother and my brother all do tango.”
The dance originated in the 1880s, along the River Plate - on the borders of Argentina and Uruguay, and the Argentinian national teaches tango, with dance partner, Fernando Sanchez. The two have been dancing - competing and teaching - together for years, travelling around the globe.
And they’ll be teaching beginner, intermediate and advanced tango lessons this weekend at the Dubai Tango Festival.
Ariadna explains one of the most crucial elements participants can learn in tango is simply how to gel with your dance partner, whether you know them or not.
“Tango is an encounter with someone. You don’t need to know them, their name or who they are. Tango is a universal language,” she explains. “We will teach many things, including how to lead and follow. It’s about two people listening with their bodies, carefully. There are so many steps, and moves you can do, so the most important thing is to listen to your partner’s body.”
Ariadna attributes her chemistry with partner Fernando to a shared passion of tango - she says the two clicked instantly: “I think we work so well together, because we share the same passion. We feel the music, and if you feel good with someone, you start to synchronise with them.
“We matched together from the beginning and have grown together. And, I think, because we simply enjoy dancing together.”
And don’t worry if you struggle with busting moves on the dance floor. She explains: “It’s important when you go to a class that you go with an open heart. Don’t go with any specific expectations. Just go, and feel. Try to understand what tango is about...and wear comfortable clothes. It’s a little bit dangerous – once you go in, you can’t leave. Go to enjoy it, and have fun. It’s not just about the technical aspects.”
DANCING UP A
STORM: Ariadna Naveira and partner Fernando Sanchez will be teaching tango workshops this weekend. See tangodubai.org