Tango Zen is a small book that contains a leviathan of useful information about looking at Tango - and at life - from a different perspective. It is the outlook of a moving person who becomes one with the dance through simply breathing and walking across the dance floor in a gliding journey of discovery. Through learning to walk and breathe together in a vital yet relaxed manner, a couple becomes one with the Tango, the music, and one another. They join in their synchronized movements and set themselves at peace, in serenity within a type of power beyond the daily cares of this anxious world. To watch them dance is to become entranced. Reading the book has the same effect on the reader.
Carrying this handy guidebook throughout the day, the reader may be tempted to try the Tango Zen method in activities other than dance. Though lighthearted, the book offers power for a change brought about from moving meditation that flows like a wind out of simple walking and breathing, with easy-to-understand instructions for reaching this goal. The energy moves like an ocean undercurrent unequaled on dry land by any desert breeze or Chicago wind. To read it is like dancing with Zorro, in a trance.
While Tango Zen dancers first walk and stumble and laugh together, their breathing and walking become deeper and wider, moving farther. Then something clicks into synchronization in a zone that catches them up on a swirling merry-go-round of eccentric circles and long sweeps. They glide just above the surface of the floor, and watcher cannot look away. It is as mesmerizing as a couple’s ice dance set to the tango, and more powerful. Bigger than the couple, the dance carries them like a wave of the Pacific Ocean and El Niño, and it carries the onlooker with it in meditation.
Where two or more are gathered together in this manner, there is Tango Zen. However, a single person can do the walking dance alone in a solo exercise and come away from it refreshed and invigorated. Any person of any age can do it; even those in a wheelchair or using a walking aid can participate.
Calm mind - still water. The stillness holds the energy gathering to unleash itself when needed. Creative mind - rushing water. The energy will move mountains and cast dreams into reality.
This book is a practical instruction to developing a meditative dance relationship with life and a partner, and a fun book to read. There are numerous quotes throughout the book, along with stretching and walking exercises and marvelous pictures. The exercises are good for not only dance, exercise, and stress relief, but also for right-left brain synchronization for achieving enhanced life and joy.