Art is a generous action. It’s when a human connects with another human and makes a change. ~ Seth Godin
On January 16, 2009 I was officially divorced.
On January 29, I took my first tango class. I know, it’s a total cliché. I felt the need to do something I’d never done before. Argentine Tango seemed a lot less self-destructive than jumping off a bridge.
Some post-divorced women go to find themselves on 4-month sojourns in exotic countries. Seeing as I had two young children, that just wasn’t very convenient for me. So I went to find myself at COCA every Tuesday night for 13 weeks.
Considering the extent of my previous dance instruction was Intro to Ballet in the church cafeteria at the age of seven, I’m not exactly sure what compelled me to go. But I was most definitely compelled.
I stood in a circle with eight other wanna-be milongueras in a brightly lit 2nd floor dance studio. For the first time in four years, I strapped on the $350 heels I bought in Austin with my now ex-sister-in-law. I couldn’t have predicted that in the next 12 months, I would spend at least 212 hours in those shoes.
There’s a certain humility that comes with being a “Beginner anything.” It makes me appreciate watching my six-year-old son learn how to write. In that first class, I was his equivalent — unsure of how to hold my body as I took the most tentative of steps. All the things that to an experienced dancer happen through muscle memory, required the undivided attention of every cell in my body.
In the last few weeks, I’ve been noodling around this idea of documenting the journey that has transformed me from a girl who takes tango lessons to a tango dancer. Again, I’m not sure why I’m being compelled to do this. My friend, author Scott Ginsburg says, “Writing is about listening for what needs to be written.”
So, I’m listening. And maybe you’ll connect with what I write and be changed. You can contribute your thoughts on the matter (hint: comment below) and we can create Art together on this rather “impractical” project every Friday.
What do you say? Shall we dance?
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