INTERVIEW WITH “MAMA” MEGHAAN CARTER
Meghaan has been dancing tango for close to 5 years. As an instructor, she is creative, enthusiastic, and very helpful. Meghaan teaches tango clinics every 4th Thursday of the month. Don’t miss out on her unique and valuable tango tips!
WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
HOW DID YOU ENCOUNTER TANGO?
I am married to a man named Ivan Carter, and when we were getting married I didn’t want to do the whole “8th grade shuffle” for our wedding dance. I had no previous dance experience, so I was looking to do something other than the “zombie shuffle” for our wedding. So Ivan was doing kung fu with Eran, who knew Lori and had a passion for tango. He offered to show us some Argentine Tango moves and Lori had this amazing studio where we could dance — who knew? So Ivan and I had private lesson with Eran, and he showed us a video of Argentine tango and right then I was sold: I was hooked! I knew that Argentine Tango was going to be a huge part of my life moving forward. So, we took lessons for 12 weeks before our wedding, and then I haven’t looked back since.
ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NEW TO TANGO?
I think that tango was kind of like this vicious spiral of being frustrated at where you are and then making a breakthrough, like an amazing developmental leap in tango. And then being stuck in that loop for a while and being frustrated, and making another leap. So, stick with it through the frustrating parts because the next breakthrough is right around the corner and it’s kind of like chasing that epiphany that makes your tango world open up.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE TANGO IN 3 WORDS?
Meditation in Motion
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT EXCHANGING ROLES?
Hands down the best thing is that you never have to be seated if you don’t want to be. If I wanna dance and I’m sitting and no ones asking me to be the follower, I can be the leader and ask someone to dance. Leading is just as enjoyable as following.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT TEACHING AT SANGHA SPACE?
I have a lot of freedom to teach whatever I want. I mean I’m teaching Argentine Tango, but the theme of the class is up to me.
SOME SAY TEACHERS ARE LIFELONG LEARNERS. WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU ARE
CURRENTLY LEARNING MORE ABOUT OR WORKING ON AS A TANGO TEACHER?
I’ve been lacking in this area lately. This year I have a baby, so I’m just trying to maintain my skills, but I am looking forward to getting back into and improving my dance more. I’ve been giving myself kind of a break. I just keep enjoying my time more and more at tango and feeling more comfortable.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TANGO SONG/ORQUESTRA?
Hugo Díaz, anything he does is amazing.
WHAT OTHER ACTIVITIES (BESIDES TANGO) DO YOU ENJOY?
I really like reading and, these days, hanging out with my baby.
IF YOU WERE TO WIN THE LOTTERY, HOW WOULD YOU SPEND YOUR TIME?
I’d probably be doing something related to wildlife rehab or animal rescue, just throwing money at animals that need it. Also, spending more time with my kid, and Argentine tango would definitely still be big part of life, I could take lessons during the day. I’d travel and go on vacation. I don’t even know…I’d drink all the chocolate milk I wanted.
WHAT’S SOMETHING SECRETLY AWESOME ABOUT YOU THAT PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW?
I am an amazing animal trainer…and also very modest ( ;
ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO ADD?
I think that tango is one of the harder styles of dance to learn because it’s improvisation all the time, but it’s one of the most amazing dances because it’s improv all the time.