It’s Valentine’s Day week — and let’s face it, Latin American music helps you get your romance on.
In South Florida you’d have to be a zombie not to know that. Wait, I take that back. I’ve seen even zombie couples here dancing to bolero, bachata, bossa nova and all the other amorous Latin genres that make Miami a 24-hour telenovela soundtrack.
But during this particular week — when Colombian roses start arriving in barge loads and Romanicos chocolates get bought up like bottled water before a hurricane — there’s one music, and one dance, that seem as necessary as lipstick and cologne.
The Argentine tango.
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If you think tango is just ballroom dancing en español, then frankly you know less than zombies do. Or you think Carlos Gardel’s tango classic “Por una Cabeza” (By a Head) is about horse racing.
Tango is a smarter and deeper, more subtle and more sensual musical stroll than anything you’ll see on Dancing With the Stars.
Ballroom dancing is a sock-hop date compared to the voluptuous steam coming off a couple who know what they’re doing on a tango floor.
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