Ever since I first saw the trailer for Sally Potter's The Tango Lesson, I've been a fool for Argentine tango. I love the music, I love dancing the tango, and I love watching people dance. I had resolved earlier this year to attend more classes, but then I broke my ankle, so my dancing aspirations had to be put on hold. Earlier this month, I found the perfect event to help me ease back into dancing in the form of a retreat in beautiful Fort Bragg. I was a bit nervous about attending on account of my ankle, but my doctor and physical therapists gave me the "okay" and I substituted my high heels for a pair of unglamorous, yet hyper-comfy dance sneakers (my friend calls them submarines, which made me laugh. It's so true!).
Included in the retreat is a milonga, which was kicked off by an impromptu performance by our awesome instructors. Watching them glide around the dance floor with so much skill and elegance brought to my mind the line from Singin' in the Rain: "She's so refined, I think I'll kill myself." They just ooze old-school class and glamour and remind me why I love the dance so much.