Just had a jolly weekend learning from Paul and Paras from Utrecht. I would describe their dancing style as "bonkers" but they know their stuff and did a good job teaching it to a predominently salon tango crowd. It was fun and informative. Anyway, they kicked things off with a brief discussion on why those present were interested Neotango/tango nuevo. For my own purposes, I now study it as a matter of broadening my horizons and learning a second "language" in order to dance with others schooled in that way. Back when I didn't know what I was learning (it was all tango), I picked up some lovely things that are transferrable across all styles. What struck me as interesting were some of the things people suggested as their reasons for being there: (horribly paraphrased) "More freedom" Some other phrases involving freedom of expression as well as motion "Breaking the rules" "Being outside the box" (and getting into another one - Paul's response) "I like how it looks" Some comments from the teachers then reflected the promotion of the woman's personality and mechanisms of self-expression. What caught my attention was this apparent rebelliousness in people, but I couldn't work out what it was people were rebelling against. I couldn't see where the freedom was being denied as such, except in the inability of local leaders and followers to deliver dynamic (and of course risky) tango moves. In my area dancing is generally quite permissive, nobody will be frowned upon for dancing a particular style or for experimentation. Many followers are encouraged to find ways of expressing themselves in the dance (although most do not). Teaching in the area is generally quite pro-follower, and actively fights the tendency for men to dance through muscular dominance. So, two points for discussion: What are people rebelling against that they should feel the tango they have been taught is denying them freedom? All things being equal, why would you choose to study tango nuevo instead of the broad umbrella of classical salon tango? What is it that is really good about the style (beyond the opportunity for extroverts)? How is it that so many should choose to go nuevo instead of chasing the stereotype tango that first attracted them to the hobby? Face it, when you say tango to people in general, they usually think of ballroom strutting and powerful dancing.