Tango's Archetypal Leader

A continued discussion on leading and following . . .

Archetypal leaders are unique.

In the Jungian sense, the archetypal leader is primal, a single leader whom others emulate. Plato would say the archetypal leader is the "substance of all leaders," and mortal leaders are mere shadows of that substance.

Who is the archetypal leader in tango? La Música.  In dance classes we talk in very technical, prosaic terms about roles (leader/follower).  The language of art, feeling poetry perhaps must or should put aside in oder to better describe what each person is supposed to do.  We talk about duties of "leadership."   But in trying to be empirical and exact, I believe we have sacrificed the magic, the art and the poetry of tango.  Somehow "leader/follower" become the terms that best describe our magical roles.  I question the poetry of these terms, or even the exactitude of these terms.  If indeed the music is the archetypal one-of-a-kind leader in tango, now we …

La Música dirije, seis tocan

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La Música Dirije, Seis Tocan 
El bandoneonista toca con tanta pasión, Me pregunto si en el éxtasis o el dolor.  Él y el guitarrista,      la violinista,         el pianista            y nosotros, dos bailarines, somos un sexteto. Tocamos sobre el piso pequeño de la cantina En nuestro trance hipnótico colectiva, cuatro más dos, Juntos damos vida a los puntitos de tinta en el papel De un compositor que lloró al oírlo la primera vez Su tango pintado en el aire, que nos mueve ahora a bailar. La Música había forzado su mano para escribir. Ahora él ve a su arte rozar con el arco del violín. Llora el compositor mientras el pianista martilla la forma De un tango sobre el Yunque del Muse de Harmonía. La Música se calienta el acero del fuego de la emoción - Pasión, avivó el fuelle del bandoneón, Y trajo a la vida por nuestro sexteto, nosotros seis. Mi tanguera y yo esculpimos un tango visual, Un baile dirigido por la Músi…

Redirection to new address

Because the former name "TangoBeat" belongs to a New York City firm, I am redirecting you to my blog's new name.  Please read the two-step instructions:

1.  Click on the new name here -->  "Tango-Therapist."  

2.  When you are at the new web address, in order to find the exact article for which you were searching, put in the title or key words into the search engine space above left.  (Here is a picture of the search engine you will see, top left of every page on this blog):

Trade-Mark TangoBeat from NYC

Update:  8 July 2014

My new address is

A tanguero from NYC started a company, and threatened lawsuits if I continued using the name we were both using at first.  I was glad to give him his valuable name that he bought because I write without commercials, without selling classes or my service. 

You may no longer be able to find this NYC company.   Then  My tango blog started as "Tango-Beat" and inadvertently was using a similar name ""  If you were looking for TangoBeat from NYC, please visit them to help their business.  The are at TangoBeat(TM).

However, if you are searching for the tango blog that focuses on musicality and the psychology of tango, my blog now has a new name with all the old articles:  The Tango-Therapist:  If you are looking for a particular article from my old web site, please put the name of the article in the top left search machine and it will take y…

Please Visit New Address!

My new blog address is: 

Please visit me there.  All the content from Tango-Beat is still there, but in deference to a company with a similar name (, I have changed the name of my blog.  Please visit them too -- a great resource but with a very different mission.

--  Thanks!

Tango-Beat Blog's Last Entry

Tango-Beat, my blog, has a new name.

Since 2009 I have been writing a blog, which I thought would be more about music and especially rhythms of tango. Sure, I have written on this, but rarely. It is time for a change, especially because a company called Tango Beat has full rights to that name.

The new name of my blog is:

I have a new entry there already, called the Essence of Tango, because as I was moving over my blog to the new name, it was a draft I accidentally published.

PS.  If you read the comments, my blog was nearly named "Tango Iconoclast."  However, I decided on "Tango Therapist" over "Tango Iconoclast." because I am perhaps the opposite of this.  As a few people have pointed out, I am not up to the task of being an iconoclast.  That's hard work!  And much of what I promulgate is a return to traditional tango because of its therapeutic effect in contrast to an every-increasing love of show-tango and tango…