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the arrival


Dancing

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the arrival


Dancing

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the arrival

Mira’s very life has become a dance, from morning til night, and she is noticing how tango integrates her parts, her days, her moods, her previous experiences, and defines how her history relates to the present.

A dancer must first arrive on the dance floor and be present with her breath, the floor, her partner, the music, before integrated movement can begin.

 

(Banners in this chapter are close up photos of Monet Waterlily panels at the Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, digitally manipulated.)

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the sensation


the sensation


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the sensation

 

There is absolutely no reason to dance if the senses are not alive, active, and noticing the effects of movements, connection, music. The experience is the thing.

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the flow


the flow


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the flow

The qi energy flows in and out of her and her partner through palms, arms, embrace, energy gates of the bodies, wrapped legs, the ground, the sky….

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the axis


the axis


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the axis

 

Two partners, two axes, sometimes shared sometimes separate exactly as in life coming and going merging and separating as the improvised choreographed conversation unfolds, lifting, settling, pivoting, pausing, realigning, and beginning again.

 

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the walk


the walk


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the walk

 

Tango is basically an improvised walking hugging meditation with a great deal of style.

It has become her favored form of meditation, the one that asks for all of her to be present and engaged, not unlike Tai chi, and with the added element of partnership.

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the turn


the turn


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the turn

There are only a few basic steps, side, forward, backward, pivot and some embellishments. The turns are dissociated, sequentially winding and unwinding whole body spirals that feel as sensuous as they look,

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the embrace


the embrace


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the embrace

Mira reflects on her mammalian status and knows the impetus to hug and hold is hard wired for good reason. Her tango practice leads her to notice and appreciate the quality hugs she experiences in a day.

She attended a tango class that began with hugging, progressed to enhanced hugging with breath, then to walking hugs, and finally dancing hugs, and it was nothing but yummy. Gender of partner did not matter.

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the misstep


the misstep


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the mistep

When she first started dancing with a partner she noticed a lot of “oops”. “sorry”, mutterings which gradually subsided as the miscues, misinterpretations, and mistakes become more like the jazzy wrong notes that might lead to new discoveries.

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the connections


the connections


the connection

Connection is all that there is that means anything, the reason to dance, the reason to live.

She hopes her body will continue to find ways to dance and connect as time and life change everything.