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First tango in Hermosa Beach

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Tatum Cunningham, 5, of Redondo Beach joins in a tango flash mob on Friday afternoon at the Hermosa Beach Pier. Photo by Ed Pilolla.

Tatum Cunningham wanted to tango. The 5-year-old and her mother Melissa heard about the tango flash mob beforehand and couldn’t resist checking it out.

“I was trying to explain to her what a flash mob is on the way here,” Melissa Cunningham said.

The tango flash mob was organized by two tango instructors in the South Bay, Silvia Askenazi and Ilona Glinasky.

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“With tango, you use your body, brain and heart to be completely present,” Askenazi said.

“Tango allows men and women to have a blank page and start from scratch because there’s a lot of baggage we build up in life,” Glinasky said. “But when you dance, none of that matters. There’s a release and a lot of healing happens.”

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