Passion on the dance floor: Hard science, math students cut loose with tango

On a rainy night in downtown Santa Cruz, a dozen UCSC students, most of them math and hard-sciences majors, gathered in a church meeting room.

No one wore nerdy bifocals or carried slide rulers in their pockets. No one talked about proofs, conjunctions, flash points, or continuously differentiable functions.

They were too busy staring into each other’s eyes with expressions of longing as they performed tango, the sultry dance that began in the working class districts of Argentina more than a century ago.

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