Why dance Argentine Tango?

IT'S COOL

Tango is no longer referred to as the dance your grandparents used to do. Now everyone dances tango and in every little corner of the world. You don’t have to have a specific age or any special talent. All you need is to have an open mind to learn.

IT’S UNIQUE

Tango is different than any other dance by the simple fact that it is danced in an embrace rather than a frame. And this is what makes it feel totally different. It is based on walking to the music and simple figures you improvise as you go. You have to try it for yourself to feel it.

EXPRESS YOURSELF

Because it is entirely improvised, tango forces you to discover new ways of expressing yourself through the music. You will have to use the creative side of your brain.

A CHALLENGE

The most common thing you hear when people take their first class is “ this is hard”! Tango is simple but that doesn’t mean it’s not hard. But who doesn’t like a challenge?! In tango there is always more to learn. Not only do you have to study all the orchestras to be able to interpret the music but there are endless figures and walking techniques to discover.

ALIGN YOUR BODY

Because the dance is based on the walk, the first thing you should learn is how to have proper posture. This is the best thing you can do for your body. Aligning your body helps you create personal confidence, it will make you feel more energized and avoid injuring your body as you age.

THE MUSIC

Many people that dance tango started because they fell in love with the music.  The repertoire is vast and there are many orchestras, musicians and singers to discover. If you don't like the music, you will know it's not for you.

DISCOVER A NEW CULTURE

Argentine Tango gives you the opportunity discover a new culture by the fact that it is a street dance born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It has its own codes and traditions. It is a great way to immerse yourself in the Argentine culture and maybe even learn a new language.

MEET NEW PEOPLE

You can find Argentine Tango in every corner of the world now.  And typically you can find a social where people gather weekly to dance, meet new people and socialize.

IT'S GOOD FOR YOUR BRAIN

Many studies have proved that dancing tango help sharpen your aging brain. Argentine Tango helps you focus on the present and the task at hand therefor improving your mindfulness.  Tango could also have potential benefits for people at certain stages in the development of Parkinson’s disease.

IT’S A GOOD WORKOUT

The gym is not for everyone…. Argentine Tango is good for your cardiovascular health. It might just be the thing that hooks you and gets you off the couch a few times a week!

IT HEALS YOUR SOUL

Connecting to other people forces us to partake in relationships by exercising our will, mind and emotions. When we choose to engage in partnership through tango, though we have been let down in the past, a healing process begins. The feeling of letting go is something we all need to experience on a regular basis. Take your first step... on the dance floor.

IT’S RISKY

It forces you do dance in front of people and with partners that you might have never met before. Letting someone new embrace you helps you build trust. Human relationships are what enrich our lives.

I could name many mores reasons but I think these are enough to get you to try a class. Who knows, it might even change your life...

Abrazos,

Faye AKA Muñeca Brava

tangosoul.ca / 2017

Does the Tanturi Campos Effect exist? If so, is it confined to Tanturi or is it a generalized phenomenon? 

Have you ever wondered why dancing tango can feel so good? Why so many people are addicted to it and not necessarily know why? I myself have felt better dancing some great tandas after a bad or stressful day. I have always felt the healing power of a milonga where the energy flows and the people move in their warm embraces to the harmony, melody and rhythm of the great golden age tango orchestras. I wanted to know if there was a scientific basis to this global phenomenon that might explain the "feel good" effect of dancing tango at the level of the brain. So I wondered about a possible Tanturi Effect.

The healing power of music has long been recognized and goes as far as the ancient Greeks. Pythagoras recognized how people were moved by consonant sounds. Harmonic music was able to soothe people andcure ailments of the spirit, body and soul. In the Republic, Plato declared that rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul. Recently, the Mozart Effect gained world wide popularity as the scientific community examined the intelligence enhancing effect of Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major K.448. Some people have questioned whether the Mozart Effect truly exists and whether the effect is merely a mood modifying phenomenon common to other types of music. There is no doubt however, as evidenced by neuroscience, that music affects specific areas of the brain resulting in neuroendocrine and psychoimmunological changes with great potential benefits to human health at physical, mental as well asspiritual levels.

Research has shown that listening to music lowers the secretion of cortisol responsible for thestress response and improves mood. By affecting specific regions and pathways in the brain , some have even shown that music can act a  the cellular and molecular level facilitating neurogenesis (repair and regenerationof cerebral nerves) . Neuroplasticity or the ability of the brain to change itself has been linked to music as well. Listening to pleasurable , harmonicmusic evokes emotions which areaccompanied by physiologicalreactions which decrease the stressresponse such as decreased heart andrespiratory rates, blood pressure and diminution of hormone secretions involved in the stress response.  Chronic stress has been strongly associated with the development ofmany chronic diseases such as heart disease and hypertension, diabetes and cancer.

If you are wondering what all this has to do with Tanturi Campos, I would like to illustrate that it has a lot to do with it and even more. I have chosen Tanturi Campos as an example, not as a specific, as it was thought to be with the Mozart Sonata 448 ininfluencing the cognitive abilities of the brain. I would like to propose that Tanturi Campos is an example of a potent vaccine that has the power to protect from the chronic stress response that causes the many ailments of our society at the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual realms. Imagine the human stress response similar to a virus causing disease and Tanturi Campos, the vaccine against the virus. The Tanturi Campos effect, as I like to call it , has three powerful ingredients that makeup the vaccine.

Let’s imagine the following scenario: You had a stressful day at work or experienced some kind of daily conflict which caused your stress response to be activated , i.e. your heart rate is increased , your breathing is shallow and rapid , your cortisol levels are up causing your immune system to be vulnerable and that you feel you might be coming up with a bad cold. So you decide to attend a milonga and as you reach the venue , the DJ happens to be playing Una Emocion de Tanturi Campos . The beautifully melodic yet rhythmic music of Tanturi with the divine soothing voice of Enrique Campos suddenly eases your heart rate , decreases your blood pressure and you start to breathe better. You suddenly put your tango shoes on and make eye contact with a familiar face to catch the second song of the tanda. You meet on the edge of the dancefloor, approach and embrace . You start feeling the warm embrace and within 20 seconds, you release asurge of oxytocin . As your body moves harmonically, rhythmically and melodically in that warm hug you both created, you release further oxytocin which attach to the oxytocin receptorsin your amygdala (a part of the brainlimbic system strongly involved in theemotions) which in turn activatesneuronal pathways that in no time put a damper on the previously activated Hypothalamic _Pituitary_Adrenal Axis (the structures involved in the stress response ) thus resulting in ahomeostasis or balance of your whole being all the way to the level of your cells. This is what I call the Tanturi Campos Effect.

Perhaps , we can call it the Oxytocin Effect, the hormone released when a mother nurses the baby, the one responsible when you make love to your partner, the one released when you hug and pet your dog , when you hug others whom you trust such as your friends and members of your family or even strangers who you feel you can trust by intuition, the hormone released when you receive a massage , dance and when you pray.

Oxytocin has also been labeled as the hormone of morality, empathy and trust. A study published in The Journal ofPsychosomatic Medicine examined theeffects of partner support on restingoxytocin, cortisol, norepinephrine and blood pressure before and after warm partner contact and found that lack of intimate contact is associated with greater sympathetic system activation which is linked to greater risk of cardiovascular disease. The OxytocinSystem (OT) operates in all mammalian species. Recent advances in the study of affiliation inmammals suggests that the OT system, which is uniquely responsive to the social environment , operates inparallel with known stress response systems both to bring about “calm and connection” effects in response to positive social cues, and inhibits sympathetic andhypothalamic_pituitary_adrenal (HPA)activity after stress.

So does the Tanturi Effects exist? I believe it absolutely does and operates through its three major ingredients: music , embrace and dance. So don’t missout on this potent vaccine that has absolutely no adverse side effects. As we say at Tango Soul: "Embrace and walk to the music". And I shall add to this mantra: "Keep Calm and Release Oxytocin".

Gérard Derminasyan

Montreal  QC - 2016


 

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