I’m Dean and my passion for Tango formed a few years ago. I had briefly touched on other dances in the past that never fully captured my attention, like Tango did. I love the type of music, it makes me want to move and for me there is no music without the dance or vice versa and tango inspires me to dance.
My back ground is in Architecture and being a designer was inescapable, from as far back as I can remember design has always been something that was of an interest. There was always a fascination with how things worked and ideas constantly in how to improve designs that led to following a path in construction and architecture.
I am fascinated with the relationships that exist between dance, life, work and business. A key to tango is to know where you’re going, leading with intention and certainty of purpose and not of control. As in work it’s easier to follow those who knows where they’re going, without direction it’s impossible to follow. Good leaders have a clear vision and move purposefully that way, keeping their heads up and their eyes focused.
I find tango artistically stimulating and it’s an enjoyment learning. For me dance is an expression of art. It appeals to the emotions, this is why I enjoy dancing and watching alike. What I enjoy the most about creative art forms and especially dance, is that the possibilities are endless and its never clear what will come out of the exploration. There is always surprises along the way, the journey and the process to getting there, is as enjoyable as the end result. And then once you think you have reached the end you realise that you have only just started to touch on the possible outcomes, art is without limits and something I want to immerse myself in.
Tango has taught that to do well in dance or in fact life, you require good balance, precise timing and strong leadership. Tango reveals areas of weakness and where is needed to be focused on. Tango makes you aware of yourself, your body and your mind. Tango has taught me that determination to progress does give the rewards in the end.
Written and contributed by Dean James Beattie, Melbourne