Tango: ex­pres­sion of life

NZ Life & Leisure - - Starting Over -

“I started learn­ing danc­ing for the very prac­ti­cal rea­son that I was fall­ing over a lot and break­ing bones. This hap­pened dur­ing dan­ger­ous ac­tiv­i­ties such as walk­ing to a res­tau­rant – had it been walk­ing home that would have been bet­ter no doubt! I needed to re­gain bal­ance. I adore mu­sic; you’ll al­ways find clas­si­cal mu­sic on here in the morn­ing and jazz after about 4pm so, with this in mind, I started to learn to salsa. While that was fun, I later dis­cov­ered tango and as most peo­ple who dance tango will tell you, it’s some­what ad­dic­tive. It is the ul­ti­mate dance; that con­nec­tion to your dance part­ner be­cause there are no set steps, just tech­nique and im­pro­vi­sa­tion. You have to read each other to dance to­gether and be right in the mo­ment with the mu­sic. There is a whole in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity of tango dancers and you can turn up any­where in the world to dance and en­joy the same civ­i­lized pro­to­col around it.” And this is where An­nika met Silke Radde, a Ber­liner who’d come to New Zealand in 2000 to com­plete her Mas­ter of Laws and later em­i­grated. “When I got to know her I knew we’d be life­long friends but I didn’t know we were go­ing to be to­gether. I pinched my­self for at least the first year.”

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