With the popularity of tango in Lawrence, Kan., on the rise, I decided to talk to the local Lawrence Tango Dancers group about their favorite parts of tango dancing.
HAYLEY JOZWIAK: Who would have thought there was Argentine tango in Lawrence, Kansas? Actually, this type of dance is very popular in the community. With a Tango Club at the University of Kansas as well as the Lawrence Tango Dancers group, tango dancing is a regular activity for many students and community members.
On Monday nights above the Signs of Life coffee shop, Lawrence Tango holds an instructional ballroom class. The DJ of the event, Eric Farnsworth talks about his favorite part of the tango.
ERIC FARNSWORTH: Just the dancing. It’s unusual in that you don’t have to remember anything. It’s this sort of body language connection. So you have this sort of immediate thing where your body just moves the way it moves and after a while you can’t even tell where it’s coming from. It just sort of happens.
HAYLEY JOZWIAK: Apart from the tango groups in Lawrence, there are many events around the area where multiple groups come together to dance. Mandi Alexander, a regular dancer at Lawrence Tango, comments on she likes about the festivals.
MANDI ALEXANDER: They’ll bring in instructors, maybe from Argentina or Chicago and make a weekend of it. People come in and dance and learn and just don’t sleep.
HAYLEY JOZWIAK: For other dancers, like Sophia Loschky, meeting different people is her favorite part of tango in Lawrence. She said every person you dance with is a different experience.
SOPHIA LOSCHKY: You know, one person will be like, ‘It’s impossible to make mistakes. It’s not the philosophy of tango. As long as you’re having fun, you’re having fun.’ And then that guy Saul over there, the really old guy, he’ll be like “Do you really want to learn tango?’ He’s like, ‘These are the exact steps you have to do.’ He’ll be like ‘Where are you going with that foot? You’re doing it wrong.’ But it’s still fun.
HAYLEY JOZWIAK: This is Hayley Jozwiak with Get to the Pointe.