Everyone has /had a good reason to start tango. Someone is convinced by his or her partner, someone is in love with the tango music or just seen a great tango movie like the “Scent of a Woman (1992) with Al Pacino. I guess, there might be thousands of other ideas why to start…

The source of this article

This year on a regular tango night called Milonga Sin Palabras I had a simple, average conversation with a tanguero. We, tango dancers often have such a chit-chat while at the same time we keep our eyes on the dance floor hoping for an amazing embrace. From a regular talk we got to a point when I realized: this is he most engaging “Why/How I started tango” story I have ever heard.
I found it very special so nowI try to collect the most fascinating, interesting and exciting tango inception stories from the world.

Share your story!

If you think it would be interesting to share yours, send it to me. I would be more than happy to publish it! Scroll down for the shared stories. The very first one, mentioned at the beginning of the article, is already there.

The question is given:

Why / How did you start to dance tango?

1st story

The first story is short, but very powerful.


I had a colleague who was paralyzed from waist down. When I visited her in the hospital, she told me what she was dreaming about on the previous night. She was dancing. I was totally shocked and did not know what to say. And I was thinking, Oh my God, both of my legs are healthy and I do not dance, although I always wanted to. Who knows when it will be late? So I tried to find an opportunity, and here I am, I dance now.

2nd story

founder of http://www.argentinetangoradio.com/


I started dancing tango 10 years ago; here is the shorter version of my story.

My wisdom teeth started to hurt. At that time I was a phd student in the US with no dental insurance. The doctor told me for $100 that my wisdom teeth hurts – which I already knew – and also the price of the full treatment; it cost less to fly back to Hungary for care and I decided to do just that. This was around the time the crisis began, with Iceland going under; I tracked how the króna fell against the dollar and I thought I was smart to buy a cheap ticket with Icelandair. It was not that smart after all: the crisis cut deeper than expected and by the time I arrived to Reykjavík many flights to Europe got cancelled.

I stayed in Iceland for four days, visiting its magnificent terrains, volcanos, lagoons and waterfalls. On a Wednesday evening, after a tiresome hike to the Geysir, I sat down in a cafe called Kaffitár Café to read a novel by Halldór Laxness. Soon after people pushed away the tables and began to dance. I found myself in a milonga. After watching their dance for an hour and a half I knew I want to learn it. I got back home, lost my wisdom teeth, and started to dance tango.

(The longer version includes preparing for the BP Expedition to
Antarctica for young scientists, which involved a trip through Buenos
Aires, but this is a story for another day.)


Send me your story!