The study authors noted that tango dancers rely on internal focus and attention much the same way mindfulness meditation practitioners do during meditation. In other words, tango dancers might be able to enter into a flow state researchers have described in the brains of experienced meditators.
“Some describe tango as more martial art than dance. It’s not a kick-up-your-heels, let-yourself-go-completely kind of good time,” writes Tracy Picha, freelance writer and former editor of Mindful. “Because concentration is the name of the game when you’re trying to sense in another body the most subtle shifts in energy and weight and timing and angles, and every move or phrase is dictated but the order of them improvised.”
[08/07/14 edited 08/08/14]