Dancing tango since: Helen has been dancing tango for five years, but her fascination with the dance began when she was 10 years old and saw ice dancers perform to La Cumparsita.
Watch the tango on ice that mersmerized young Helen.
Why tango: Helen started taking classes to find relief from her life circumstances at the time. Little did she know that in a few short years she would be performing tango onstage!
Favorite part: “The music captivates me deeply,” says Helen. She also loves the feeling of connection with a partner, “when a couple starts moving it’s like being in a different dimension or in a pleasant whirlwind as you feel the wind under your feet.” In tango she finds profound truths that also apply in everyday life. “You have to be alert, be in the moment, and stay tall and on your own axis.”
About Debbie & John: Their love for people and the dance, and their irresistible enthusiasm stand out for Helen. “Debbie makes us feel like a star,” she says. And when dancing with John “you find out where you are…he’s always challenging us which makes dancing with him an ultimate treat.”
Anything else? Close Embrace: A Tango Love Story will be Helen’s third appearance in an Alma del Tango student production. She greatly admires Debbie as a director/choreographer, calling her “a great visionary.”
Last word: Attention leaders – Helen is looking for a partner to dance milonga with her. Interested? Email or speak to her at class.
Here’s the milonga she dreams of learning.