Part 1 focuses on my feelings after ValenTango.
Part 2 & 3 is a detailed breakdown of my experience!
ValenTango has come and gone, and there is always this love and longing relationship once it is over. This is an overview of my ValenTango 2016 Experience, kind of a ValenTango 2016 Review. These feelings are of my own doing of course, not a fault of the festival. The festival has everything I could want and hope for in a festival. There are wonderful teachers, performances, big beautiful dance space, secondary dance space, welcoming people of all skill levels, great hosts, volunteers and greeters with smiles, DJs, live music, discussion groups, and plenty of dancing to be had. So there really is everything I could want, and I love it all, but at the end, I long for more out of it.
What is it that has me feeling unfulfilled? Is it because I went as a single male without a relationship? No, I’ve attended previously while in a relationship with my significant other and felt the same at the end. Is it the dancers, the people, the music, the number of activities… No, none of those, all were exactly what I was expecting and great. Maybe what was missing is I went there to dance, and didn’t attend any classes? That could have improved my experience, but I’m fairly sure squeezing more in I would have still be left longing for more.
It’s taken me a while to figure out what it is, and it’s not the festival that is lacking anything, it’s my own limits and why I dance. The festival is a big festival weekend, so many people, from different areas, energies, styles, intention, that makes it so diverse and wonderful. It’s this lack of focus I’m missing and was longing more for. It feels like a big tango party, that seems to not have that focused feeling around Valentine Day, which is usually about love and connection, which I feel is in the heart of Tango.