So I did it! I kept dancing tango until the night before my baby was born.
I did it for my first pregnancy four years ago and now I’m happy to say I also did it for my second.
And not just because I didn’t want to give up teaching the classes I love until the last minute, but because I so enjoyed the feeling of dancing tango with my baby bump.
There is something quite amazing dancing while pregnant. I felt completely at peace with myself, freeing up my self-expression. The movements felt natural and for some reason I didn’t feel uncomfortable or unstable wearing my 9 cm tango heels. I know it is difficult to believe. Outside of class, I shed my wedges mid-way through my pregnancy and would only wear the flattest of flats when walking on the street. But in my “Comme Il Fauts” I felt completely happy.
Yes, at times tango’s close embrace was compromised by my ever-growing bump and more showy moves were out of the question. But somehow salon tango felt so much easier than walking to the dance studio from the tube station.
Although in many ways it is a wonderful feeling to be pregnant, in the final months you do feel a little like a baby elephant going about your daily activities. Just walking at a normal pace would produce a pain in my side or hip - very frustrating for a person who likes to run from one activity to the next. Yet, I never once felt a twinge when dancing tango. Maybe it was all those lovely endorphins that tango is meant to release. I’ll never know. But I am very grateful for it.
This video shows me improvising at the end of our Wednesday night Improvers class on the very night before the baby was born:
Just under two weeks after the birth, watching the video with my “now you see it, now you don’t” bump, is already incredible to me. Was that really me? And I’m so happy that as my little girl gets older, I can show her the video and tell her that was you inside my tummy just the night before you were born.
And I'll just also leave you with a few more videos of me dancing tango with my baby bump. Here at 7 months pregnant at the Che Tango Festival in London: