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Soleá: “I have to share what I have lived.”

I am, heart and soul, a tango dancer. For all the other forms of dance I love, I found my home in tango. But if there were another dance that I think I could adopt and explore and make my own, it’s flamenco. I am fascinated by flamenco. I enjoy listening to flamenco music, and I love the relationship between the music and the dancer:

Look, listen to the guitar because he’s playing the guitar beautifully for you. He’s asking for bulería, listen to him.

It sounds just like my experience with tango, where the music can entice you do dance in certain ways, where the dance is nothing without the music. And there is never an end to what you can learn, what more you can do with it, where it can take you:

There are so many beautiful things in flamenco. That’s why you will never finish learning: you always have to be learning no matter how many years you have been doing it. You may know it, but you will never finish learning. Really, I still don’t know because the more I listen to flamenco I realize that I’m further behind, because flamenco is a music that has no end.

And if the connections between flamenco and tango intrigue you, you might enjoy Diego el Cigala’s flamenco interpretations of tango in Cigala&Tango. One of my favorites is his version of “En esta tarde gris,” composed by Mariano Mores and José María Contursi.

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