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El Abrazo

El Abrazo


 

It’s all about the embrace.

 

People might ask what we mean when we say this.The power of the embrace is what brings people to tango time and again. For an example of this sentiment, see the essay below by Raul Cabral.


The embrace is so much more than the mere dance frame.  It defines the space that the man creates for the woman’s movement.  The embrace is also the vital connection between the two partners that provides a river of communication between the man’s invitation and the woman’s reaction to his invitation.  The embrace is also vibrant: it is the breathing, living “oneness” of energy that two people create together. It is unique to each couple.


The embrace is physical, but it is also an emotional as well as a spiritual experience.  It is “in time” and “out of time” at once. Time ceases to exist in the embrace and yet the compas,  or the time of the music, defines the movement and the creation of that sacred space. It exists  between the steps in the pauses, it grows and contracts, and it flows around and through the other. In the embrace you can have experiences that defy explanation. 


THE POWER OF AN EMBRACE