2006, July 6 – PUBLISHED “TAO OF TANGO”

Tango is the sensuality and seduction that goes on between a man and a woman…but deeper things are going on; it is a conversation in an Alice In Wonderland language…as Johanna Siegmann discovered in The Tao of Tango, “it is a conversation in some language of the soul that resided in some part of me I never knew existed.”...each of us has passive, feminine energy and masculine, active energy…In order to dance tango properly, whether we are a man or a woman, we must be in touch with both of our halves, both the confident masculine part, and the sensitive feminine part…opposite energies combine to create one harmonious energy…Johanna says, “True happiness lies in the mutual embrace of both our masculine and feminine energies”….in tango, when the man leads, he is using his active energy and the woman is following with passive energy but when the man waits for her to complete her figures, she is using active energy and he is using passive energy….thus they are constantly shifting back and forth like in a conversation

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But, Johanna points out, that as relationships are the building blocks of every aspect of our lives, tango’s “conversation” between a man and a woman, becomes a way to improve our lives…in fact, The Tao of Tango is more than a dance book; it is a system of spiritual training for helping the person find inner equilibrium; it offers a way to find the harmony both inside and outside of the tango couple…Taoism, meaning “the way” is a philosophy developed in China over 2500 years ago with three principles, compassion, moderation, humility…it describes “the force behind the natural order”…everything in the universe has within it, its own natural balance…the more we fight our inner nature the less happy we are; balance and harmony follow when we respect that nature…within this fabric, tango is an art, a physical discipline and a philosophy…The Tao of Tango could indeed signal, according to one observer, the dawning of a new mens movement..one critic said of the book, “The Tao of Tango is one of the most compelling, thought-provoking, informative and sensitive books I have ever read”…

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  1. Thank you SO much for writing this! A wonderful surprise.

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