If God chose to dance with us, I firmly believe He’d choose the Argentine tango over the swing (tongue in cheek). Why? Because tango requires hearing w/o ears and seeing w/o eyes. When both Lead and follower are intimately engaged, the dance illustrates beauty, creativity, intelligence, and passion.
Initiate the Embrace
We love Him because He first loved us.1 John 4:19
Tango is a wooing dance. The leader invites and the follower steps into his embrace.
The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life . . . both now and forever. Psalm 121:7-8
His frame is neither constricting nor too loose. His arms are firmly positioned to protect (from other dancers) and guide, yet expanded enough to allow the follower free movement and artistic expression.
Keeping the Connection, Intimate Focus
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. Col 3:1-2
Where hearts meet. (and why it takes 2 to tango)
The follower’s job is to NOT wander from the close connection.
Both dancers form firm planks, pressing their body weight into the balls of the feet; heels rarely touch down. Balance required.
(Yes, I have fallen while just standing in basic tango position)
Without this planking connection, the dance flops. Why? Because, unlike other dances, the leader guides her with his body, more specifically the chest (heart).
Press in to God
Leading From the Heart
I have loved you with an everlasting love Therefore with loving-kindness I have drawn you. Jer 31:3
Ever felt God’s gentle nudge or heard that still small voice?
You’ll never see a good tango leader yank or shove the follower. The intimate connection allows him to guide by subtly shifting his weight from one foot to another and with subtle nudges of the chest. He rests his weight on his left foot and waits to make sure she shifts to her right before stepping. They feel each other’s movement.
(We’ve done exercises where we dance w/the leader’s arms behind his back.)
His Vision – Glory!
Let them praise His name with the dance . . .the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation. Psalm 149:3-4
With all the fancy footwork, you might think the Tango follower is just doing her own thing. In actuality, the leader is pausing to allow her to express herself. But He’s doing all the leading.
Watch the legs and feet: Tango Milonga Footwork
These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. Matt 15:8
In our human desire to control our own lives, we have a tendency to turn seasonal prayers into a rituals or a victorious moment into a method so we can relive or recreate the moment. But I’ve never read where Jesus performed the same miracle in the same way. He did only what the Living Father was doing at that time. We’re not to trust in patterns but in Him alone.
No set patterns in social tango (for the sake of learning teachers do make some up).
But once your skill graduates beyond the basics, you realize one tiny step could go in one of several different directions, or lift into a carousel, or just stay in one place and embellish.
The seasoned follower never anticipates but listens with her whole body (temple), and moves when led.
For watching enjoyment, meet my world-class instructors Jorge and Jairelbhi Furlong