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Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Preparing for CITA

CITA is a one-week Buenos-Aires festival, held for the 6th time in 2004. The acronym stands for "Congress International of Tango Argentine", and is a kindda joke, as the word "cita" means rendez-vous.

Its main organizer is Fabian Salas. This last point is difficult not to notice. Not only his name can be seen on every page of the Cosmotango site, but on the previous years' DVDs, while other great masters get two performances to show their skills -and lesser gods get only one-, you'll get the privilege to see Fabian performing
four or five times.
Two months before the actual beginning (March, 14th), I have to already book the classes I intend to assist. This means selecting 20 classes out of 168. Being a beginner, I can already eliminate the "advanced", "professional" and "master" classes. Yet the choice remained difficult between all these big names. I took the advice of my local teachers, argentine too, and who for a
while had their own show in Buenos-Aires. The result:
Cecilia Gonzales: not recommanded at all
Julio Balmaceda & Corina de la Rosa: highly recommanded, "take any class you can!"
Facundo & Kely Posadas: recommanded for milonga
Nito & Elba: recommanded for giros
Chiche & Marta: not recommanded
Milena Plebs & Ezequiel Farfaro: highly recommanded
Roberto Reis & Lucila Cionci: not recommanded
El Indio & Mariana: not recommanded
Carlos Gavito: recommanded, "anything by Gavito is good", with the reserve that he talks a lot and there remains no time for exercising.

The rest: no opinion, as my teachers had no personal knowledge of the "young guard".
So, guided mainly by "lesser evil" considerations, I booked:

5 classes by Julio & Corina
2 classes by Gavito
2 classes by Javier Rodriguez & Geraldine Rojas
2 class by Nito & Elba
1 class by Los Hermanos Macana
1 class by Milena & Ezequiel
1 class by Cecilia Gonzales (!), because the choice was between her and Chiche & Marta.
1 class by Eduardo Capussi & Mariana Flores
1 class by Ezequiel Paludi & Sabrina Masso
1 class by Roberto Herrera & Natacha Poberaj
1 class by Facundo & Kely
1 class by Sergio Natario & Alejandra Arrué
1 class by an unknown teacher (unknown means "to be announced". Fabian's site isn't complete, yet I still have to book something right now!)

I was repeatedly warned not to take that many classes, as CITA is not only afternoon lessons but also all-night milongas for which some energy has to be saved, but hey, as a beginner I don't expect to dance very much anyway. I'll just be one of the numerous dummies whom you can see on DVDs, sitting around the floor while the maestros are performing.





posted by Pablo  # 2:49 AM
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