Tango by the Seine? Of course, Parisians dance by the Seine. They know how to live.
Parisians are busy working, the métro is crowded at rush hour and the classic wailing siren is heard at all hours. But… did you know that they stop for lunch from 12 -2? This simple, civilized custom is quite the concept for a North American who ate at her work desk for the better part of 30 years.
As a foreigner who visits Paris frequently, observing locals has become a bit of an obsession. They have a way of experiencing the world and connecting to the sensual side of life. It’s not a pretence, it’s how they live. Possibly it is how everyone should live.
Look no further than the profound enjoyment of a simple baguette and café crème. Meals are sacred and social with conversations lasting for hours. The French tradition of an Apéro (apéritif) has local cafés brimming with convivial exchanges before lunch and dinner. Friends and lovers, sharing a bottle of wine, line the banks of the Seine and stolen kisses abound on bridges spanning Canal Saint-Martin.
Do you like to discover off-the-beaten-path Paris? If you’re travelling solo in Paris or with a friend or partner, and the sensual side of life is calling to you, wait until the evening and amble over to the Jardin Tino-Rossi in Paris. Argentine Tango in Paris and Milonga dancing is bound to capture your attention. Dancing tango by the Seine is people-watching with a seductive twist. It’s so sensual, Tango by the Seine is listed in my article on the 45 most romantic places in Paris. Would you agree?
The strains of Argentine tango music invite you to seat yourself in the small amphitheatre facing the Seine. It fills with spectators bearing a picnic, a camera or simply there to savour the atmosphere. As the evening progresses, it is clear that many have also come to participate in the refined dance of tango by the Seine.
Ladies arrive and gracefully change into their dancing shoes.
Dancers greet each other with the customary cheek kiss that sweeps from one side to the other and partner up for a few rounds of Parisian tango by the Seine. Barefeet, runners and fashionable heels execute the tango steps as couples move in their dynamic walking-embrace.
Tango by the Seine is alive and well. Dancers find new partners and flow elegantly across the stone dance floor. They’re moving as one. Skirts catch the breeze from the Seine and berets are positioned just so. A young couple, their intimate connection palpable, cross the dance floor, their baby peering out from a backpack.
Paris often surprises me. When I headed out to see what Tango by the Seine looked like, I wasn’t expecting to experience what it felt like. I wasn’t expecting to be swept up by the passionate music and romance of Parisian tango found on the banks of the Seine.
Don’t just swing by the Jardin Tino Rosso in Paris for a peek. Bring a bottle of wine and, if you are so inclined, your dancing shoes. Because little did I know that it is an open dance. This means, that you might get asked to dance the tango by the Seine as I did. Horror must have swept across my face as I declined ever so graciously. My aversion to dancing due to my two left feet and the lack of fluidity in my hips.
This Parisian persistently requested to tango with me. Never one to let a fun opportunity pass me by, I acquiesced and so the teaching began.
The path in the park was the perfect place for my inelegant Birkenstocks to learn a few basic tango steps.
With much resistance, I eventually graced the dance floor and tried to tango by the Seine in Paris. I had gone to investigate and take a few photographs never expecting to tango by the Seine in Paris with a stranger.
Head on down to the Jardin Tino-Rossi in Paris if you want to watch some playful and dynamic tango. Practice a little before your next trip to Paris and you too could be doing the tango by the Seine in the most romantic city in the world.
I hope you love the tango by the Seine as much as I do!
Until next time,
Dance The Tango By The Seine: Practical Info
Location: Jardin Tino-Rossi, Quai St. Bernard in the 5th arrondissement
How to Get There: Metro: Jussieu or Gare Austerlitz.
When to Dance Tango by the Seine: In the summer, 7 nights a week from 19:00 – twilight
Entry To Dance The Tango By The Seine: Free. Donations are accepted in the hat for the man who provides the music and just keeps it flowing
Logistics for Dancing Tango by the Seine: If you plan to dance, attach your purse/ bag to the rope where all the dancers have secured their bags.
Other Locations For Parisian Tango:
- Find out more info about Argentine tango in Paris.
- La Casa del Tango in Paris has dancing every Tuesday evening.
Tips on Using the Paris Métro: Read Use the Paris Métro like a Pro
Dancing By The Seine In Paris
Dancing by the Seine in Paris is not just limited to tango. Tango by the Seine is my preferred dance to watch but, there are three amphitheatres along the Seine for dancing. Dancing by the Seine in the 5th arrondissement, you will also find salsa dancing and rock. I’ve been back many times. A friend who loves to salsa edged up to the crowd and danced with one partner after another.
Bring your dancing shoes, head on down to the Quai St. Bernard and go dancing by the Seine in Paris. It’s an unforgettable experience.
More Paris Info…
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