Let’s Tango in Reykjavik Iceland
Tango is more than a ballroom dance; an intimate and graceful play between power and vulnerability. This passionate exchange between the leader and follower captures the hearts of those who experience the dance. Steps are not mirrored, giving each partner freedom of expression within the frame of their two bodies.
The dance traces its origins to the 1880s along the border of Argentina and Uruguay. It grew in popularity; reaching Paris, London, and Berlin. Today, the tango is celebrated around the world. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNSECO) added tango to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists in 2009.
Iceland celebrates the tango in the capital city of Reykjavik, with practicas, milongas, and festivals. For those new to the tango, practicas offer a social setting for the study and practice of the steps. These are less formal than the milongas, tango social dances. Often lessons are offered before the practica or milonga starts. Tango lessons are available in local dance studios.
Reykjavik comes alive at night with 100 clubs near the famous Laugavegur street. There are plenty of opportunities to practice the tango. These clubs are quiet until midnight when they explode into activity until 4 am. Tango relieves stress and depression, making it a perfect pastime for those visiting on business.
If visiting Reykjavik during July through September, the Tango On Iceland Festival is not to be missed. Practicas and milongas are held every Wednesday and Friday. The main festival is held 22 September – 25 September 2016, featuring Icelandic and international dancers. The festival is in the theater Iðnó, in the center of town. Workshops are available and every evening ends with a milonga.
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