Tango lovers dance cheek to cheek and keep close to each other at The Dairy Visitor Central in Central Park, NY, Apr. 30, 2022. Photo by Guldana Talgat

“No partners needed. No dance shoes required,” to enjoy Saturday evenings in Central Park and celebrate Argentinian Tango among a subculture that appreciates very sensuous dance.

Tangueros begin to arrive at The Dairy Visitor Center in Central Park after a last-minute location change due to a large music festival. “The City is so large that many things happen at any time, and many do not know about them,” said Central Park Tango organizer Rick Castro.

Typically the tango dancers meet at the Shakespeare Statue and everyone is welcome to join the small New York Tango community. April 30  was the last tango interlude of spring before they return for the summer sessions that will run through September.

“Come with shoes that are comfortable to wear and you wouldn’t mind ruining,” the dancers say, NY, Apr. 30, 2022. Photo by Guldana Talgat

Firefighter from FDNY dances in the torque by holding hands of his partner, NY, Apr. 30, 2022. Photo by Guldana Talgat

Tango pairs dance sharp movements following the rhythm of the music at “The Dairy,” NY, Saturday, Apr. 30, 2022. Photo by Guldana Talgat

Rick Castro, an organizer of the tango events says that there is no door fee, but donations are welcomed, NY, Apr. 30, 2022. Photo by Guldana Talgat

A little talcum powder on the ground for the soles helps to better dance and makes the dance floor smooth, NY, Apr. 30, 2022. Photo by Guldana Talgat

Tango dancers keep their head high, chin up and smile: “…Keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about,” – Marilyn Monroe, NY, Apr. 30, 2022. Photo by Guldana Talgat

During the tango, the partner puts her hand on the hand of the leader, forming a nice, comfortable grip. This is called a Milonguero grip, NY, Apr. 30, 2022. Photo by Guldana Talgat