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Tango: my life as a not-so-good leader

And you thought that YOU were the worst dancer in the world ?

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Big incentives

A beginner trying to find his way in the narrow and unpaved road towards the level of an acceptable dancer needs a few encouraging words from time to times. Here are some that were given to me:

Me: - Teacher, do you think I should go to milongas ?
Teacher: - Sure, go as often as you can. But, Pablo...
Me: Yes, what ?
Teacher: Please don't say you're taking classes with me.

Girlfriend: - I warn you, Pablo, I have a kinda reputation here as a good dancer, all the advanced leaders here are my friends. So ok, I'll dance with you, but at the first mistake you'll make I just stop and you go out of here.
(Needless to say, a handful of seconds and a missed giro later I was her ex-boyfriend)

Teacher X: Stay up when you do a pivot. It's impossible to do a pivot otherwise, you would lose your balance.
Teacher Y: When doing a pivot, stay as low as possible, even lower than usual. The more grounded you are, the easier the pivot will be.

(Many followers) "You're so funny to dance with, Pablo! All these leaders are about the same: they make nice steps, lead perfectly, stay on the beat, improvise creatively. But you, Pablo, you miss every step, it's so refreshing!"

Follower X: Don't be that weak, I need to feel your arms. I'm not supposed to guess what you're leading.
Follower Y: Your abrazo is much too heavy. I'll follow your chest, the last thing I want is to be pushed and pulled.

(Another possible title for this post might be "The leader is always wrong")

posted by Pablo  # 6:05 AM
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