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Thursday, January 08, 2004

Milonguero style

Today my teachers announced to the class that we would, for the first time, try to dance "close".
They listed all the wonders that we would discover, the main one being the ability to dance on crowded floors.
Some individual exercises followed and then resounded the words that all students were fearing: "Now take a partner and try!"
For a (short) while I thought the boys were overnumbering the girls by one (myself), so I would be safe, but soon a quite small lady (and that's why I hadn't seen her in the crowd of students) came to me and leaned her chest on what should have been mine, but actually was my stomach. Not only was it embarrassing, it was ridulous too.
The "wonders" I then discovered were:
- I can't see my feet. To a certain extent, I was able to overcome this difficulty
by looking at the feet of the guy just in front of me, because all the couples were executing the same steps in the same time.
- I have no visual perception of my partner, I just feel there is something
heavy in the way when I'm walking.
- I become a two-dimensional thing, my arms, shoulders, torso, hips being in the same plan.
- Moving aside is difficult. When trying, I quite often can hear a "bump", while feeling relased of the weight that was on my stomach. I quickly understood this was caused by the little lady falling in the floor when, concentrated on pushing forward, she didn't react quickly enough when I moved.
- Moving backwards causes the same result, except the weight on my stomach, after the bump, does not disappear but is now on my feet.

Teachers said we would dance close for the next three months, before coming back to our beloved open style. I'm considering skipping this dozen of weekly classes. I hate dancing milonguero, the stomach-chest contact is utterly unpleasant, the partner's constant push makes all my moves become slow and small, we're just fighting each other.
After all, when shouldn't I dance "open", even on crowded floors? If the other couples like dancing close, well they can just dance a bit closer, it will eliberate space for me.


posted by Pablo  # 7:38 AM
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