We spoke to Tango dancer and instructor, Zenah Kazim about her journey and experience in regard to the benefits of Tango.
After accidentally stumbling upon Tango at the American University in Dubai, Zenah Kazim fell in love with the dance, stating that “it transported me to another world”.
Zenah considers Tango not only a type of sport but also a form of meditation. Closing your eyes and feeling the music by moving your body to the rhythm has a myriad of benefits for your physical and mental health. It’s all about transferring the energy of the male leader to the female follower. Zenah also talks about how Tango can teach you skills such as patience, rhythm, and detachment.
Due to the physical demands of Tango, it will leave you feeling breathless while placing a strong focus on posture by targeting the core as well as balance and strength. Zenah says it’s easy to spot a Tanguera, a tango dancer, from her toned legs as the dancing is all done in high heels, which will put a large focus on the legs. Zenah started off teaching Tango to kids and then moved on to her female-only workshops entitled ‘Teaching Ladies Style Tango’ which teaches Tango to beginners with a partner.
Zenah was recognized as the First Saudi Female Tango Instructor in 2022, and teaches a specific kind of Tango that incorporates Pole Fitness, coming up with ‘Tango Pole Dance’, which she describes as ‘gracefully danced’. Her Ladies Style classes are intended to be taken first as a prerequisite to then later move on to dance with a partner.
Location: Al Sulimaniyah, Riyadh