BEIJING - Nearly a hundred Chinese teenagers learnt to do the tango and also practice their Spanish at an Argentine embassy event in Beijing Tuesday.
The auditorium of the embassy was turned into an improvised dance floor where students from four schools, studying Spanish as a foreign language, learnt the eight basic steps of the popular partner dance.
"We believe this Tango class is going to stay engraved in their minds for the rest of their lives," said Argentina's Ambassador in China, Diego Ramiro Guelar, stressing such cultural activities help bring people closer and "immunize them against hatred."
At the event, the students, in their school sports uniforms, danced in pairs although they were too shy for the traditional cheek-to-cheek performances.
Teaching them were Claudio Peralta and Janna Lopez, Tango instructors from Buenos Aires, who recently came to Beijing and who told EFE the Chinese are "very good in terms of technique" but pointed out a lack "of proximity and connection".
"They can't be very close together if they aren't a couple...it's very complicated, the culture is different," they explained, adding that many of their current disciples grew closer to the Tango after watching the movie "Scent of a Woman" wherein Al Pacino moves to the rhythm of this passionate dance.
Qian Runsheng, Spanish teacher from one of the participating schools said the event will allow the students "to broaden their horizons, to gain cultural knowledge of Spanish-speaking nations."
Another teacher, Zhang Yini from the Gucheng School, felt the event helped students "know Argentine culture better," which he thought was interesting as most of the cultural examples taught in class relate to Spain.