Paris Tango by Night

Paris Tango by Night

Tango Paris by Night Written by Chantal Eril (Edited by Andrea Bindereif)   As a French ‘tanguera’ living in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years, I happily dance Argentine tango most of the time at local events and milongas. There is so much happening in my local tango community that I really don’t feel the need to go anywhere else. There are workshops and milongas on a daily basis, hosted by both local and visiting teachers from San Francisco to Oakland in the East Bay to Palo Alto on the Peninsula, and even as far south as Santa Cruz. No, there is no time to get bored when you’re a tango dancer in the Bay Area! However, having recently been back to my native country of France, I had an experience that I just can’t help but share here. Nowhere else have I ever been to a more romantic outdoor milonga than in the ‘City of Lovers’ itself: Paris. Nowhere else, not even in Buenos Aires, the heart of Argentine tango, did I ever fall in love with tango all over again like I did at nighttime on the banks of the river Seine! Why was this so special to me, someone who doesn’t skip a milonga in the Bay Area, who has the best time of all when going dancing, who has been to Buenos Aires and lots of other places for tango? The answer is that first of all, outdoor milongas are rare; secondly, in the heat of the summer in Paris, it’s refreshing to be right by the water; thirdly, the moon’s reflection on...