Tango forms connections in Wanaka


Celebrating tango in Wanaka is Sousa Jefferson, of Albert Town.

She has fallen in love with the Argentine social dance since being introduced to it during dance lessons four years ago.

“I’ve been hooked ever since”.

Ms Jefferson had never done any partner dancing before but found real pleasure in the dance form.

“One of the main things about tango is it’s all improvised, so it is not a set dance.”

People dancing tango were “joined by a connection through the heart, we never turn away from each other”.

Every dance was “unique” and a “creation between two people”.

“It is about the connection with each other, with the floor, and the music.”

Tango was a “social art form” that enabled people to quickly make a “deep connection” with each other.

The dance “breaks down social barriers”.

As part of her love of dance Ms Jefferson has opened up her home to encourage others to enjoy tango.

“Every Wednesday night there is a practice. I have an outdoor dance floor and an indoor dance floor at my house.”

It was a small group at the moment but Ms Jefferson encouraged other people to join. Some people thought they needed to come as partners but “most people come along not in partners, they come alone and we all mix up dancing together”.

It took some dedication, but when dancing tango,”something magical happens”, she said.

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