One of the most widely used words these days: unprecedented.
We live in unprecedented times. And surely dancing tango in our living room is no exception.
Four weeks ago when lockdown in the UK began, most people had never even heard of Zoom.
Now taking a Zoom class is the new normal. Last week our daughters tried a drama class by Zoom. And our nieces in a northern city of Argentina are taking Zoom ballet classes.
Staying in really has become the new going out. But do we dance tango in our pyjamas or do we get a little dressed up for the occasion?
That is the joy of it. It is completely up to you! But I must admit I get a bit of a buzz seeing that some of my students have got just a little dressed-up for our tango classes.
As most of the day I'm pretty much permanantly in my lounge, "lounge-wear" seems to be the most logical choice. But I think I'm lucky to have something to dress up for in the evening.
I know it's not necessary. But that's not really the point. I think anything that makes us feel good in these difficult times is 100% worth it.
Lock down does not have to mean dress down!
And actually it is very much part of the culture of Argentine tango.
The older generation would not dream of going to the milonga (tango club) without dressing elegantly and smelling fragrant. It was seen as a mark of respect for their dance partners. And perhaps also a mark of respect for the art of tango itself.
So we get just a little bit dressed up and also light a few candles in our living room in preparation for class. Not only does it create a wonderful atmosphere but it helps us get into the tango zone!
And if you're coming to our Zoom tango classes, please feel free to join us in your pjs or pencil skirt, tracksuit bottoms or pinstripe trousers. We're happy either way! We just look forward to seeing you on the dance floor in your living room!