Dancing in the dark

I have read about dance venues abroad where dim lighting is used to create a romantic atmosphere for tango.  Unfortunately, it also prevents men from inviting women to dance with the cabeceo.  It seems like an interesting way to avoid its use.  Here is another post in favor of lights.

Salsa tanda Lo de CeliaThe other night I took this photo during the cumbia/salsa tanda in Lo de Celia.  Dancing begins with normal lighting for the cabeceo that is turned off for the rest of the tanda. This is a standard procedure in the milongas in Buenos Aires for tropical tandas only.  The lighting is returned to its normal setting for the cortina.  Dancers circulate around the room to salsa, cumbia and merengue music.

This topic reminds me of a tune sung many years ago by Bing Crosby:

Dancing in the dark Till the tune ends,
We’re dancing in the dark and it soon ends,
We’re waltzing in the wonder of why we’re here,
Time hurries by, we’re here and gone;

Looking for the light of a new love,
To brighten up the night, I have you love,
And we can face the music together,
Dancing in the dark.

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One Response to “Dancing in the dark”

  1. Simba Says:

    Your title makes me think of the film Dancer in the dark, which is not so feel-good, but perhaps very tango.

    As of the topic of lights, you are spot on, of course.

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