The Beauty of Simplicity


by Raul Cabral


The Beauty of Simplicity. It is difficult to do that which is easy.


Many critics of milonguero style Tango, looking to minimize its significance, proclaim this style of dance easy to master, believing it sufficient to simply know a nice close embrace. This is incorrect. Our style of dance reflects the true essence of Tango whose beauty is only revealed when you aim to find its simplicity. And finding its simplicity is not an easy task.


Few of us have time to appreciate the little things in life as it overflows with urgency and demands. To be able to stop and reflect is a gift to humankind.


We admire those of few words who are nonetheless expressive, or those who of few actions who prove to be courageous. As well, those who demonstrate balance in life, and I refer to balance in its broadest definition, are valued, respected and deservedly emulated.


Echoing these sentiments and understanding the true meaning of his life as a dancer, the milonguero always finds within his partner the purpose of his dance. He does not dance for the grandstand, he dances for his partner. He looks to find her happiness, and hence finds his joy. Though not the intent, the harmony established is beautiful for all to watch.


In summary, within all activities there are those gifted few to whom things come easily. One could attribute this to the strength of their natural abilities. But for most people, it is difficult to do that which is most easy.


The milongueros’ style of dance is personal, low profile and discreet, like the anti-hero. You can be sure, herein lays its value.


If we apply these values and concepts to dancing Tango, we will find ourselves always aiming for the simplification of the movements, making sure they are comfortable and easy, adding significant value to the enjoyment of our dance.


Is there any value in the ability of a dancer who drags or forces his partner into a movement? What is most valued is the ability of the dancer to simplify the dance. It is the secret to finding its true pleasure.


In tango it is useless to continuously, easily, learn exact step sequences or memorize choreographies only to find later you experience difficulties on the dance floor.


That which is truly worthwhile is to study the bodies’ movements and how they serve to facilitate the dance.


This written work is not intended to raise a platform of controversy; rather it is simply an attempt to explain the true magnitude of the milongeros’ dance.