With its staccato beat, emphasis on technique and strikingly defined gender roles, the tango reigns supreme as the sexiest ballroom dance form. The secret to its steaminess lies in how it re-creates the classic female/male love story of flight and pursuit--and the concealment and revelation of sex.
For those feeling a little frisky between Christmas and New Year's Day, there's Holiday Milonga with Folias Tango Duet. Starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, tango newbies can learn all the moves they'll need to impress on the dance floor, followed by tango and alternative tunes to mix up the evening.
The event is also a potluck, and guests are encouraged to bring their favorite holiday goodies and drinks to share.
The musical guest, Folias Flute and Guitar Duo, hails from Grand Rapids, Mich., and comprises flautist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron. Their expertise is in legendary Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla and the jazz idiom, so expect nuance and daring from their one-night performance.
Originating from the Rio de la Plata regions of Argentina and Uruguay during the late 1800s, tango was a sensual mixture of European and African cultural influences 30 years before the Jazz Age, and remains a visible symbol of high class and sensual release.