Tango and Ankylosing Spondylitis


Greetings everyone,

It’s been a while since I last wrote an article, but I’m back today to share my experience trying out tango classes with my husband. I want to touch on two points that those with rheumatic diseases may know all too well.

Firstly, when you have a rheumatic disease, it’s common to lose partners and friends. However, I was fortunate enough to get married, so I count that as a win! In terms of friends, I learned which ones are worth taking with me. Secondly, this brings me to love – it can be challenging for any couple without health problems, let alone for someone with a chronic condition. But you must believe in your relationship and try to grow with your partner each day.

Now, onto tango. It started during one of those rough patches that everyone experiences. My husband looked into my eyes and asked if I would like to take tango classes together. I was shocked – my husband, who had a tough time dancing at our wedding, was asking me to go to tango class? It was a miracle! However, my brain quickly activated, and I began to worry about the potential for soreness and stiffness due to my Ankylosing Spondylitis. Nevertheless, I said yes to him, and we decided to give it a try and see if the classes were a good fit for us.

After six months of going to classes together, I can honestly say that they are amazing. The people are fantastic, and we love rehearsing at home. Tango has become our special moment, and even though I am not as good as my husband (who is one of the best in our beginner class), he is always there to hold me when I struggle to dance on my heels. Tango has helped us to strengthen our relationship, taught us to maintain good posture, and most importantly, it makes us feel good and connected with each other.

In conclusion, I believe that tango can help to save relationships and create special moments with your partner, even with a chronic condition like Ankylosing Spondylitis.

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