Greetings, I would like to propose to you a topic which made me think a lot recently. Is tango a romantic, passionate, transcendental dance or simply a cause-effect sport-like, egotistical dance? I don't want this to become too complex or philosophical. I am offering this as food for thought because my teachers seem to try to completely eliminate any romance out of Tango. I offer below three examples: 1. We've been told to close our eyes (both as leaders and as followers) and see what happens. Obviously, if the leader closes his eyes, chaos ensues. If the follower closes her eyes, loss of balance might occur. The teacher then told us: "If you feel enchanted by some mystic feeling and feel like closing your eyes, you better get a hotel room". That's natural, hotel rooms are a great idea, but why bringing that up in a tango lesson? 2. The same teacher told us that in Tango, people dance it to feel good about their technique. It's very satisfying to know that you can make a woman do all kinds of steps with the least effort. I find this to be exaggerated. That's like saying: "I feel good about myself for using her as a piece of meat to achieve my means". Or "I feel good watching a certain category of movies by offering pleasure to myself". 3. Another teacher told me that close embrace has nothing to do with feelings, magic or anything like that, but helps in performing some figures. I was constantly being told things like these, but I am afraid I forgot the quotes or the main ideas. Therefore, I am unable to reproduce them at this point. What does this mean? What is the point of treating Tango as a sport dance? You cannot just take away the soul out of it. If you cannot hear the music, if you cannot have presence and connect to your partner, if you cannot feel, if you cannot be there for the woman while being conscious of your inner desires, fears or emotions, the dance will look robotic. Choreographic. Or milonga style.. Where you dance just to feel happy in 1/16, 1/32 or 1/64 rhythms. Once I discuss with teachers about this or get some other opinions, I would definitely refine my post, but until then, what do you think? Do you dance tango just to increase your cardio? Do you dance it to show-off to the public? Or do you really feel the music, cease to care about time and everyday's problems? Is it a matter of choice? Thanks in advance for your patience.