I was operating my restaurant for 5 years and the last year and a half was a huge struggle; wearing me out both physically and mentally. Once I found a buyer, I decided to relax and enjoy life. So I signed up for some salsa classes, to pick up some moves for the honey’s at the nightclub.
The school I chose taught many different styles of dance and the lady that signed me up was a swing teacher. She highlighted practically every class in the school, but left out tango. I asked why not tango? she replied “tango is boring”. So for a couple of weeks I was taking everything imaginable, except for tango.
One night I was in bachata class and heard some music from the other salon. I left the class and peaked into the other salon. All I saw were people tripping over each other. I asked what class that was and was told it was beginners tango. I stood there for minutes intrigued by the music. That night, I changed my schedule and decided to try tango.
I fell for her (tango) hard. After several months of classes, I decided to visit Buenos Aires for two weeks. It was nothing and yet everything, that I imagined; I knew that I was coming back. On my return flight to New York, I was working on my budget and thinking about some jobs I can find in Argentina. Tango had me mesmerized! At that point in my life, I was at the cross roads. The one thing that I was certain of, was that I needed her (tango) in my life.
I kissed my family and friends goodbye, hopped on a twelve hour flight and followed her (tango) to the other end of the world. I didn’t know anyone in Argentina, didn’t speak Spanish very well, but it didn’t matter. Once you know what you want in life, the only thing holding you back is yourself and I wasn’t going to let that happen.
Ismet Bracic from NYC. USA