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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 ?

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Taking a private

This is the kind of temptation that always attracted me at the beginning of the month, when there is still money on my bank account. After all, maybe the difficulties I encountered with tango were due to bad partners. So I decided to give it a try. It's sure expensive (six times the price they charge for a collective class), but who knows, maybe it will be a revelation, I thought. And it was.

"- No!"

I had hardly moved. Indeed, I was still searching the abrazo when the teacher froze me. My right hand was not in the right place.
After ten minutes and a series of as many "No!", I still hadn't made one single step, but I least my hands, posture, chest, head, frame, shoulders were now ok. Incredible, but all these months I had been dancing with a "death grip" right hand, a weak left hand, a posture without axis nor balance, tense shoulders. Now the first move, a "two" of the salida basic. I more or less expected an approbation for skipping the "one" (back step), but here came another "No!". I had moved on my own, without "carrying" the teacher. Otra vez, and I paid great attention to my knees (flexible), my intention (clear), and my partner's feedback. Unfortunately, all my good posture got lost in the process (and my shoulders once again full of tension, and my left hand floppy, and my verticality gone west).
I didn't much prove more gifted on the "three", "four", "five" of the basic, and the one-hour class ended before we actually reached the "eight".

Well, after that all my illusions were gone with the wind (and so was my money). I knew that however bad my partners were, I still had easily surpassed them in uncompetence. The good news are that I'm now sort of the king of the 7CB (the basic without the "eight").

posted by Pablo  # 4:14 AM
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