By Ferenz Jacobs
According to legend, the first tango steps were not invented by a guy in a tight suit and an Argentine beauty in a red dress, but by two men. While waiting their turn in the brothels of a late 19th-century Buenos Aires, so the story goes, men would dance together in a close embrace. Tango became the vertical expression of their horizontal desire, foreplay if you will. It may have been better than the sex itself. According to Borges, women were repelled by the dance’s debauchery.
Flash-forward to Barcelona today, where tango teachers Carmen María Hergos and Dafne Saldaña are gender-bending the rules of this erotic dance once again. Every Tuesday and Thursday they will teach everyone to tango, regardless of gender. Afterwards, El Rouge bar becomes a queer milonga. It doesn’t matter who leads and who follows. It just takes two to tango.
Classes begin at 7pm and run for a about an hour and a half; milongas start at 10pm