Tango and dementia

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Tonight’s Goodnight Tango… continues on the theme of memory from last night, but this time on the other side… oblivion!

One of the things that I remember from these years of the research project is the nurses telling us that in order to minimize the risk of dementia one must be active physically, mentally, and socially.

Tango easily fits the bill for the physically and socially but one might think… how does it keep you active mentally? Well… it does… and in these times I guess it does so more than any of the other two aspects. The thing (one of the many) I loved in tango from the moment I started understanding it was the improvisation. Yes. The fact that you do not have a written script… a set of specific moves… figures… sequences… and the fact that you can always play with the endless possibilities to invent your own moves/sequences. Add to this the possibility of doing the exact same sequence with a ton of different rhythmical/musical patterns and with a number of different styles… and you get the perfect mental creativity challenge!

I bet that there are quite a lot of dancers out there, who these days have had endless hours of fun, mental exercise, and discovery just by re-thinking and re-inventing what they usually do on the dancefloor.


One response to “Tango and dementia”

  1. […] As I already wrote, I am fascinated by how our minds work especially in terms of memories. I believe many of you have had a similar experience. It starts slowly… like a hurricane… without a notice… you just started dancing with someone for the first time… you ask for their name somewhere in between songs and then… when the tanda ends and you return to your place with a smile on your face… you are asking yourself… what was their name? The hurricane that started without any notice grew to the point of taking away from your mind their name. They told me just a few minutes ago! How can it be that we forget it so soon? Yesterday, I saw an interview with Fabian Peralta. At one point he said that the best dances he had are the ones he cannot remember what he did. He described the feeling as floating above in a trans. I would say it’s like you are hypnotized. […]

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