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102. Tango in the Park
Mary always loved dancing. She especially loved dancing
styles from across Latin America. In college she
classes to learn mambo and cha-cha, both dances
originally from Cuba. Her friends from the Dominican
showed Mary how to dance merengue and bachata.
Puerto Rican friend held a salsa dancing party
her house. Before then Mary always just thought
was something you ate on tacos or with
. She had no idea it was also the
of a dance style. One dance style that
had yet to try was tango from Argentina.
seemed so complicated to Mary. The footwork was
intricate. She imagined she would end up stepping
her partner's feet. Mary hadn't had a tango
yet. She didn't have a dance partner in
. In classes, instructors always paired her up with
classmates. At dance clubs it was easy to
a dance partner. Tango classes were expensive though.
didn't even think there were any tango clubs.
day Mary received an email from a friend
information about a tango night outside the city's
center. Musicians would be playing tango music and
would teach the basic steps. The best of
, the event was free and no partner was
On the night of the tango event, Mary
her high-heeled dancing shoes. There was a wooden
floor in the middle of the music center
. A group of musicians played on a small
in front of the dance floor. "May I
this dance?" a man asked Mary when she
. He wore a sticker with the words "dance
" on it. Mary accepted the invitation to dance.
night Mary learned that it did take two