Interview with Shekhar Patkar who discovered his passion for dancing the Tango when he was getting ready to hike the Inca Trail in Peru. Now he takes classes twice a week and goes to festivals whenever possible. Listen to the podcast to hear his story and to get some pointers on how to get started yourself
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While packing up his gear to hike the Inca Trail Shekhar had the TV running for a bit of entertainment. The program featured a couple dancing. “I didn’t even know the name of the dance” Shekhar admits. But he was struck by the beauty and passion of the performance and found out from the staff working at the hotel that he had been watching a Tango performance.
It took him a few more years to get started dancing the Tango himself but now he is an accomplished dancer who takes lessons regularly and attends festivals when ever possible. Using his network in the international Tango community he has been to events all over the US, in Istanbul, in Dubai, in Japan and many other places. When possible he gets his “fix” even during business trips.
In this interview he recalls how he got into dancing. He also gives some pointers on how to get started, the importance of finding a “maestro” whose style one really likes, on how to make progress and how to make dancing part of one’s life.
What struck me most in the interview was his statement that “the Tango is a dance of the heart”. Watching performances that seems so very true.
Links and Further Information
Tangomango – free listing of Argentine Tango events in a number of cities in the US
Tangopolix – a listing of Tango festivals around the world
This Youtube video will give you a flavor of a Tango Festival