Promoting Tango Comment Reply | Story | 27/03/2018 | Views 638
One person travelling does not affect the local scene, of course. But a large number of dancers who focus mainly on special events in other places means that the local milongas lose their audiences. I disagree about having to travel to improve as a dancer. Here in Stockholm, for instance, we have a few excellent teachers, in addition to visiting teachers, and milongas or practicas every day of the week. I have a feeling – but this is speculation, naturally – that there are other reasons why people go away to dance. There is a notion, for instance, that if you don’t travel you’re not serious about your tango. When I started dancing 14 years ago, people did not travel as frequently. Instead, the prevailing idea was that you had to go to Buenos Aires for a couple of months – this would somehow transform you forever. But although visiting distant places can be a valuable experience, I wanted to draw attention to the environmental impact of frequent travel – and also point out that the local everyday scene (i.e. regular milongas and practicas and local teachers) is depleted by this fashion. Also: is tango really that important? How many people actually need to be experts in the field of tango? Yes, there are some professionals – teachers, performers, DJs. But what about the rest of us, amateurs who do it for fun? Is the honing of our skills really so vital that it’s worth all that CO2 emission? It is a conscious choice on my part not to travel for tango. I try to fly as little as possible, to keep my carbon footprint down. I dance, practise and learn locally and contribute by organising activities now and then on a non-profit basis.

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Gabriella Berggren

Social Dancer from Stockholm in Sweden

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Have tango will travel

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