Dancing tango since: David took his first tango lesson in March 2014. He had been dancing Latin dances for six months when a friend suggested he take a tango lesson to learn about lead and follow. He was living in Taiwan at the time and his friend took him to a milonga and showed him how to walk. He decided then and there to take tango lessons.
Why tango: “You can do it wherever you go,” says David, who likes to travel. So far he has danced in Taipei, Bali, California, “and I’m working my way up to Buenos Aires,” he says.
The back story: Prior to 2013, David had never danced. He decided to join a friend in some lessons because “I wanted to do something I wasn’t good at, something that would improve my connection to my body.” He started with salsa and bachata before discovering tango.
Favorite part: An amateur musician, David appreciates the ability to interpret the music in an improvisational way in tango. He also enjoys the intimacy and exchange of the embrace.” I like the conversation that goes on within the embrace. It’s ephemeral and intimate at the same time,” he says. David is working on expanding his tango vocabulary to make the dance more interesting for the follower.
About Debbie & John: David found Alma del Tango on Tango Mango and joined Debbie and John’s Wednesday classes. “I am really impressed with them. I admire how much they care and how hard they work,” he says. “It shows in the quality of their performance productions, in the variety of subjects they teach, and the level of organization.”
Anything else? In addition to his new-found passion for dancing, David is a wine maker.
His wine label is Canzona – a term for a genre of Renaissance music. (The motif on the label shows a grape in the form of a note.) He produces small lots of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon which you might have enjoyed at recent Alma del Tango events.
He is also developing an app that teaches people to dance.
Last word: “I don’t know if I qualify as a dancer yet—but I love it.”