[Tango-L] On dancng to non-tango music

Lois Donnay donnay at donnay.net
Fri Feb 1 13:25:48 EST 2008

I have a student who is a pianist, and his specialty is Ragtime. He has been 
researching the connections between tango and ragtime, and has found a bit 
of La Cumparsita in a Scott Joplin piece. Joplin wrote this piece after he 
took a Florida vacation at the same time as a tango composer was residing 
there, and that's the only clue to the connection.  He also has a ragtime 
piece with words that refer to how the tango dancers get even closer when 
Ragtime is played.

He and his partner like dancing Canyengue to ragtime, and he would love to 
have any other justification for dancing tango steps to Ragtime music.

Lois Donnay
Minneapolis, MN 

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