Polly's Tango Talk

September 1, 2015

Ordering “Tango Quest” and “Tango and Life”

“Tango Quest” and “Tango and Life” are written for tango dancers of all experience levels and are available by contacting me at tangopolly@gmail.com. 

Each book is $20 + $5 Postage, or $35/Set, including postage, within 48 adjacent states.  Outside the 48, postage may vary. 10% Discount for orders of five copies of either or mix. Great gifts for all experience levels. New folks will receive a detailed overview about Argentine Tango and experienced folks will recognize themselves in many of the situations described. Reviews upon request.

Tango Quest: Introduction, description, explanation of basics, etiquette, social scene, and how they all fit together.

Tango and Life: Insight into social, interpersonal aspects of tango, how it affects us on and beyond the floor.

Each book is about 150 pages, single side print, approximately 5″ by 8″ coil bound. Lots of room for notes.

Easy reading but material can take a lifetime to absorb and incorporate. Written with 24 years experience, humor, learning, loving, living Argentine Tango. Both are designed as a reference to return to again and again with each stage/phase of learning. Each reading will inspired a different and deeper level of perception and understanding. I had a wonderful time writing them with deepest respect, dedication and affectionate irreverence.

Reader Comments

“Tango Quest” and “Tango and Life” are the best books I have read on tango. They are the smartest descriptions, especially those on relationships and communication.” Omar Romagnoli, Rosario, Argentina

Your writing is inspiring, evocative, descriptive, and captures the essence of tango. Being an author, I know how to recognize a person’s adeptness in the art of writing and you have it. Antón Gazenbeek, New York

 Your insightful observations of the tango world are funny, clever and poignant. Clay Nelson, Medford, OR

 You are a keen observer of all things tango. Those new to tango should read your books and those who know tango will recognize themselves in many of your descriptions.” Kent Merrill Honokaa, Hi

 You write with such wisdom but I am smiling the whole time! Thank you for sharing your insight, sensitivity and sensibility. Your books should be mandatory reading. Elizabeth English, Hood River, OR

 My wife and I had a ball reading your books. I enjoyed the style of each page being a “chapter” on a different segment of tango, but most of all I like your style and “take” on tango.” George Van Fleet, Eugene, OR

 You are a keen observer and very insightful about human nature as it plays out in Tango. Your books are a gift to the tango community. They are well crafted and really draw the reader in. It is hard book to put them down. Robert Good, Portland OR

 I can’t say enough positive about your books. You write so efficiently and eloquently. Paul Stangeland, Newport OR

 Difficult to put your books down. I wish I could have read them when I first got involved with tango. Lila Darwin,  Dallas, TX.

 I love your books because they come from experience–you don’t speculate, you have lived it! Robert St. James, Portland, OR

 Your books are charming, enlightening, amusing, and informative. Fred Lamb, Portland, OR


August 26, 2015

Be Afraid…Be Very Afraid…

If you decided to try tango because someone told you it would be easy, “just like walking” you know by now they lied, right?
What they should have said is, “Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid.” 
A few things they didn’t tell us and we don’t tell others, because…well…why spoil the surprise?
Tango will mess with your mind, bat your ego around like a whiffle ball and make you feel like your IQ is shrinking. What starts out as “just a dance” will seep into every crevice of your cranium and on some days will be downright toxic. Moves that look simple will make your head spin, your brain explode and you’ll wonder why your usual quickness isn’t kicking in.
Partners will blame you when things go awry, and your self esteem will disappear when your feet and body won’t do what you beg them to. You’ll spend hours working on some tiny detail you think couldn’t possibly make a difference, and when you finally get it, partners will rave about how much you’ve improved. Teachers will correct every micro-move and watching yourself on video will make you cringe. You’ll learn one way of doing something from one instructor, exactly the opposite from another, and you’ll need to remember which way to do it in which class. Fellow Tangoids will speak of magical moments with partners you shared a nine-minute nightmare with.
If you break up with someone you’ve shared pillows and passwords with, you may find yourself negotiating which milongas each of you will and will not attend. A tango-Pre-Nup would not have been out of line. There will be times when you can’t wait to get to a milonga and times when you can’t wait to leave because there’s been a disconnect between you and your cerebellum. Some partners will grip your hand so tight it may take a trip to the ER to restore your pulse. When you finally work up the courage to ask a certain someone to dance, they might decline and two minutes later bound on to the floor with some bimbo. Or when the woman of your dreams is finally available, someone walks between you, catches her eye and leaves you staring into space.
Tangoids are non-conformists, so far be it from us to impose restrictions. However, there is an Encyclopedia of Etiquette. For example, saying “Thank you” at the wrong time is a felony and the person you say it to will never speak to you again. You’ll spend more money, time and energy than you ever intended on clothing, shoes, lessons, videos, CDs, DVDs, festivals, and couples counseling. You’ll give up trying to explain why you love a dance that’s smarter than you are but no one’s listening anymore anyway.
So what’s the deal? Are we masochistic? Or are we deeply attracted to something that challenges the daylights out of us and then rewards us in ways we never dreamed possible? Let’s go with that.
From “Tango and Life”

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