by Lanny Udell
Dancing tango since: Francia grew up in Medillin, Colombia, where the legendary Carlos Gardel died. When she was growing up, her household was filled with tango music, but she didn’t think of dancing until a year ago when she was living in Sacramento
Why tango: “I have a passion about it,” she admits. A traveling nurse, she first looks for tango, “then I look for the job,” she says. When she landed in Sacramento she thought, “OMG, I’m going to heaven.” Francia immersed herself in the dance, taking classes six days a week for a year.
Favorite part: “The music – it’s so sensual, it touches every fiber in me,” says Francia. She loves the sound of the bandoneon and the violins. “The combination of sound goes straight to my heart. Sometimes I have to hold back the tears,” she says. She also loves the challenge of tango. “It is so difficult – you need to think about your movement from head to toe.”
About Debbie & John: Francia loves their professionalism, the way they teach, and how they break every step into in 1000 pieces. “They pay attention to every student and make sure everybody gets it.”
Anything else? We’re sad to say that Francia is leaving us at the end of the month. Her next nursing job is taking her to San Diego. But not to worry. Our tanguera has found three tango venues where she can continue to pursue her passion.
Last word: Life as a traveling nurse can be lonely. “I go places where I don’t know anybody. Tango is the best thing that happened to me. I’ll stay in it for the rest of my life.”