You don’t need to dance tango to enjoy my writing about tango. I write about tango as a metaphor . . . . Tango goes very deep. Once you understand the nature of the dance, you’ll find that tango has as much to teach you off the dance floor as it does on it.

You can read some of my insights about tango here.

 

Looking for Joy, Finding It in Tango

Tango feels like the passion I have been looking for a long time. It makes me happy. I don't even need to be dancing. Watching others dance can be equally blissful. It's the transportingly beautiful music, and most of all, the utter concentration and mindfulness that...
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Passion in a Buenos Aires Taxi

Lindo Como Vos: A professional tango singer (and taxi driver) Victor Diaz serenades me on the ride home from a milonga, Zona Tango in Balvanera, extremely local, sort of grungy, one of my favorites. I predict this will be the opening scene of a longer documentary...
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Tango: Suffering for the Bliss

Tango is theater, and we must play a role if we want to dance--glowing with confidence. This is how the maestro Graciela Gonzalez began a women's technique workshop that I attended in Buenos Aires. Sometimes we women in tango feel like goddesses, she said, and...
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San Francisco vs. Buenos Aires: Tango

I sometimes feel high from San Francisco tango but I never full as fully blissed out as I did out at a Buenos Aires milonga, or even at a Buenos Aires practica or class. An element of soul is missing here, especially at the practicas and milongas where the so-called...
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Tango: Suffering for the Bliss

Tango is theater, and we must play a role if we want to dance--glowing with confidence. This is how the maestro Graciela Gonzalez began a women's technique workshop that I attended in Buenos Aires. Sometimes we women in tango feel like goddesses, she said, and...
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The First TangoChat: Tango Addicts Unite

Tango is my big new love. I first discovered  salon-style tango in Cali, Colombia, at the magical, must-be-visited club La Matraca. I then followed up with a two-month obsessive immersion in Buenos Aires with my Belgian friend Griet, whom I met in Cali and who is...
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IdeaChat #2: Straight Women in Queer Tango with Helen LaVikinga

IdeaChat2: Straight Women in Queer Tango with Helen La Vikinga from Sasha Cagen on Vimeo. For the second installment of my IdeaChat series, I spoke with Helen LaVikinga, an accomplished Icelandic tango dancer who lives and teaches tango in Buenos Aires. Helen leads...
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Beyond the Steps: The Essence of Tango

Next week I am thrilled to be part of a new experiment bringing tango and nature together at an overnight milonga at the rustic West Point Inn. To warm up the group, I am giving a workshop called "Beyond the Steps: The Essence of Tango." There are still spaces to come...
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Where We Shine Most

It's my two-year anniversary of discovering one of the bigger passions in my life, tango. I was just in Cali, Colombia, the place where I serendipitously discovered tango, this past week and danced again with my original teachers. So I am fresh with the impression of...
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Ten Ways I’m Settling into My New Life in Buenos Aires

Dear readers! Dear me! It's been almost a month since I posted. My life has gone topsy-turvy since moving to Buenos Aires. I've been here almost a month now and I finally feel ground below me, enough to post again. To make sense of it I will make a list of all the...
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Tango and the Kama Sutra

Such a great little speech in tango class today at the Dinzel Studio from Camelo, a Colombian tango teacher who is the son of one of my first tango teachers, Leyda, who lives in Cali (Colombia). Here it goes. "If you have a lover, which of these two lovers do you...
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My Tango Journey

My tango journey continues and it teaches me so much about life. I'm writing about my revelations through tango for my new book so those are still getting formed and I'm excited to share them with you--not because everyone needs to learn tango to grow, but as an...
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Poignant Tango Moment

Poignant tango moment last night in a cab. I had gone to Villa Malcolm Cachirulo and it was awful from the start. Nowhere to sit, no host to seat me, so many women sitting at tables with hard expressions of waiting. I had only gone once before and had a beautiful...
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Lady Gaga and the Buenos Aires Cabbie

We're speeding through the streets of Buenos Aires. I'm on my way to dance tango on a Sunday night, heels in my purse. The cab driver is rocking out, drumming his hands on his steering wheel to a pop song. His enthusiasm is remarkable. It's Lady Gaga singing "Bad...
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What Tango Taught Me About Relationships

This is the first in a series of posts about how tango provides metaphors for our lives on and off the dance floor, especially as it relates to being single and/or in a relationship. I hope they are relevant to you whether you dance or not. Tango is more than a dance....
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What Tango Can Teach Us About Life. A QuirkyTango Workshop Next Sunday!

Are you curious about tango and what it could teach you about life and relationships? I'm thrilled to invite you to my first tango workshop in the Bay Area! It's groundbreaking territory combining tango and personal growth. I was part of a weekly psicotango workshop...
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See you in Buenos Aires for the QuirkySexy Tango Adventure

How is your 2014 going? Would you like to dance? I hereby invite you to join me for an for an intimate immersion experience into tango, quirkyalone, and quirkytogether in Buenos Aires this May. The Quirky Sexy Tango Adventure is a unique opportunity to travel to...
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Are you touch-starved? Hugs and tango can help

Touch-starvation is an epidemic, especially in the U.S. and the U.K. Are you touch-starved? Here are some symptoms. --You might have trouble sleeping through the night. --Or feel irritable. --Or depleted. --Or anxious. Does this sound familiar? I have certainly...
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Video: Scenes from this week’s tango party

The highlight of this week was this tango party in San Francisco where I got to share what's special about tango in Buenos Aires and tell everyone about this Quirky-Sexy Tango Adventure trip that I am leading in late May! It was great to bring together passionate...
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Combine adventure and self-discovery with me in Buenos Aires, come on a tango adventure!

Note: When you watch this video, skip to 2:30. That's when the audio kicks in! This week I did the first inaugural monthly Quirky Community Chat on spreecast, a video platform where you can ask questions and even join me. Every month there will be a different topic,...
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Pics from my first week in Buenos Aires. . . Plus: News Flash! A second Tango Adventure added for late June/early July!

News flash! We have decided to add a second week for Tango Adventure #2 June 29-July 5. There's still time to join us. Come PLAY AND DANCE WITH US in Buenos Aires! Now on to the photos from the last week to give you a sneak peek of this delicious experience getting...
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Embrace your inner sex kitten with us in Buenos Aires–the Quirky Tango Adventure 2015 in Argentina

I am so excited to announce the dates for the next two Quirky Tango Adventures in Buenos Aires. The next adventures will be in February 21-28 and March 14-21. We timed these dates so you can get out of the last throes of winter and enjoy the warmth in the South. If...
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How Tango Helped Amanda Recognize an Unhealthy Relationship–and Walk Away

This week I want to share two stories with you from Carissa and Amanda, two awesome women who joined me in Buenos Aires this May for the Quirky  Heart Tango Adventure (note new name). Carissa and Amanda shared with me how tango continues to reverberate in their lives...
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Carissa’s Adventures: “I caught a man’s eye as we were both leaving the grocery store and the thrill was just so sweet.”

One of the best thing about creating travel experiences is I get to meet you all . . . the quirkyalones are pretty fabulous. Carissa is a kick-ass, open-hearted quirkyalone woman who joined my GetQuirky online class last year. After the class, she decided to quit a...
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Up Your Boldness as a Woman through Tango–Highlights from Our Google Hangout!

If you missed us LIVE, we have the replay of our boldness hangout on video! YAY! This Hangout is great to put on at night when you are chilling out . . .it gives you ideas for how to increase your confidence in dance, life, AND dating. It's also a great preview of the...
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Psicotango: How Tango Can Be Therapy

“Tango remains from its origins as a hug, an embrace, to rescue us from pain and loneliness, central pathologies of consumer society. Tango is a path that connects us with our own personal story.”—Monica Peri and Ignacio Lavalle, Psicotango founders What if you could...
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Three Tangasms, or, I’ll Have What She’s Having

If you follow my writing, you know that I am interested in the power of pleasure including and beyond sex. One of my favorite -asms is the "tangasm," an experience of all-over-the-body pleasure that I first discovered when I was a beginner in tango in my very first...
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Is Tango Better than Sex?

I am a tango addict. I have been one now for four years. I did not go out looking for tango. The dance came to me. It was in Cali, Colombia, the world capital of salsa, where everyone dances, that I saw tango for the first time. A Belgian woman named Griet who was...
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The Kindness of Strangers at ETI, or, How I Overcame Despair in One of the Worst Solo Travel Experiences of My Life

Last week I took the leap for another solo travel adventure, this time to a unique and totally Argentine tango festival called ETI (Encuentro de Tangueros del Interior). ETI is special because it brings together hundreds of passionate tango dancers from around...
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My First Tangasm at That Really Happened???

A few weeks ago I told you I was in the process of facing down my fears to tell my first live story at a Moth-like event, That Really Happened???, in Berkeley, Calif. For your listening pleasure this weekend, here's a podcast recording of the live 10-minute story....
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Dancing in the time of #anklerecovery

Dancing in the time of #anklerecovery #tango #tangopracticeshoes #healingvibes #milonga #etitango #nuevochique #buenosaires #tangoadventure A photo posted by Sasha Cagen (@sashacagen) on Apr 23, 2016 at 6:45am PDT On the second to last night of the most recent Tango...
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#TangoAdventureChat

I have been bringing together quirky women for TANGO ADVENTURES in Buenos AIres. Now that I have committed to being here in Buenos AIres for the next year we will be offering this 7-day immersive course more often. We may even do some co-ed adventures soon too. The...
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Behind the Postcards on the Tangasm, Coaching, and Why I’ve Chosen South America over Silicon Valley for Now

Chris Tyre over at the lovely blog Nomad + Camera interviewed me about why and how I chose to leave Silicon Valley tech stress for a more artistic life in South America. And how I got here. Plus you can read up on the tangasm. Why wouldn't you want to read about that?...
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Tango Therapy in the Time of Trump

If you are reading my website, I am going to assume that you are a feminist, and that you are probably experiencing grief and fear right now about what it will mean to live with a president who has no regard for women's consent--or women at all. You may be concerned...
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