The meaning of “On Axis”

Our passions can provide metaphors for the way we live our lives. For example, the Argentine Tango dance provides metaphors for our lives on and off the dance floor, and the search for balance within.

One of the most powerful searches in dancing Argentine Tango is the search for being on axis. Being on axis means using the energy of the floor to find your own balance in your body, so no matter what you are doing, whether pivoting, turning, or walking, you are in control of your own movement. It can take time and practice to find your axis, and when you do, being on axis feels powerful and smooth, flexible and balanced, connected and independent.