Interview With Michelle Copley

Story | Interview | Opinion | 21 Oct 2023

What inspired you to start learning to dance tango?

It was being introduced to Blues dancing and being fused. I wanted to find out more about Tango itself, in its own right.

Did you have any previous training/lessons in tango or other dance styles?

I did ballet as a young child. Ballroom and Latin as an older child. I have been doing modern jive for the last 12 years. The last two years of which moved into Blues.

How long have you been coming to Leigh Tango and what do you like about it?

Almost a year. The enthusiasm and seemingly endless patience you both have. The lessons are enjoyable and you are both so encouraging to everyone. There is a real desire to share the love and joy of Tango.

How do you feel you have improved since taking lessons?

I knew absolutely nothing about Tango before I started. I know more about the traditions, the history, the music. This is a dance, not of steps but of feeling. It can’t be learnt by rote, like other dances. I am learning a lot, but slowly. I’ve had to change habits learnt from other dancing.

What has been your biggest challenge?

To follow without anticipation. To allow the lead to lead. To learn to just let go with the mind and move as one with my partner.

Has taking tango lessons improved any other areas in your life?

I have made new friendships.

What would you say to someone starting out or thinking of trying tango for the first time?

It takes time. It is a journey. Be patient. It will be worth the effort.