Open Letter from Tete to Tango Dancers Around the World

'Tete' Rusconi and Sivlia Ceriani
'Tete' Rusconi and Sivlia Ceriani

Buenos Aires, December 11, 1998

On the National Day of Tango December 11 I would like to address myself with all due respect and affection to those around the world who have in some way or other learned to love tango as much as we do.  I would like you to dance better, for your own satisfaction but within the music that is so passionate.

The tango is a feeling.  It is not difficult to learn.  Nor is it easy.  But it is not danced by figures and steps.  It is danced to the music.  I know of no dancer anywhere in the world who dances without music.   You cannot be mistaken for so long.  Dancing without music, you will never learn tango.

You choose your teachers and invite those from whom you want to learn.  You deal with the issues of tango from another point of view, and I'm going to

tell you why.  Because tango is and always will be music and learning how to walk it, to listen to it, to feel it - because it becomes a part of you that you cannot detach.  After that, each person, each dancer learns his or her own style. 

Men and women. Enough of lies.  Don't buy repetitive forms.  If you want to buy tango, buy


Why don't you enjoy the milongas of Buenos Aires much?  Because the milongueros and milongueras really dance.  They were the ones who taught the current generation how to dance. However, the path you are on seems to be another, one with a different tango, a tango in disguise.   For the sake of tango, and for the sake of all of us and with my heart in my hand I say to you: Dance the music.  Because the music is the tango.

I take my leave of you with much love.

Dance well, have a good journey,

My companion and I,

Tete and Silvia