Happiness as Anarchy #160: Vals, Waltz, 3/4 time

One, two three, one two, three … it’s such a beautiful feel, the waltz or vals or valse, depending on which language you prefer. The tango vals is particularly beautiful – it has all the wonderful motion of the three beats, with soaring melodies over the top. Similarly, the dance has quite quick footwork, but… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #160: Vals, Waltz, 3/4 time

Happiness as Anarchy #156: Long dancing days

I confess, it’s late. 3am to be precise. That’s what you do here in Tango-land on Thursday nights, and I left early! The day began early with a tango class at 11:15am, included a concert in the early evening of top notch tango music, and finished after a lovely night of dancing with fellow students… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #156: Long dancing days

Happiness as Anarchy #153: Dancing as Anarchy

In the face of a looming election and economic crisis, the Argentines are hitting the streets with protest. The tango dancers are doing it to, in a gentle and connected way. Yesterday they held another Milonga Contra la Neoliberalismo (Dance Against Neoliberalism), outside in the Plaza Unidad Latinoamericano. All afternoon and into the night a… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #153: Dancing as Anarchy

Happiness as Anarchy #140: Music as memory

How lovely it is to have reminders of special people who are no longer with us. For me, these moments happen mostly with music. I was at my tango class today learning how to do graceful ochos (figure eights) and the teacher put on some opera for us to practice to – none other than… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #140: Music as memory

Happiness as Anarchy #139: Tango Shoes

Having spent a week dancing in my workhorse shoes from home, this morning I acquired a beautiful pair of tango shoes. Let me be clear: they are not fashionable. They are very old fashioned in the tango world where everyone is wearing strappy, sparkly things with stiletto heels. However, I love them, with their closed… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #139: Tango Shoes

Happiness as Anarchy #131: Afternoon tango

An afternoon spent learning to tango, then actually tangoing in a big old room in the centre of Buenos Aires, the home of tango. The old tango orchestras made beautiful music and the old recordings have a little crackle on the edge, which is quite charming. The music is endlessly fascinating, crisp, and full of… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #131: Afternoon tango

Happiness as Anarchy #126: One month holiday

Five weeks off work would make anyone happy, and I’m no exception. An adventure across the Pacific awaits with tango shoes and a foreign language. Sleeping in, dancing late, discovering a new city with its food, culture and songs, meeting people, having time to think, create, wonder and wander. See you Friday, Buenos Aires!