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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 07, 2004

There is always a bigger fish

I was sitting at a table in a milonga, taking care to not cross any lady's eyes (otherwise she could think I'm trying to invite her) and staring with envy at the advanced dancers who were sailing smoothly on the floor. This is one of my usual ways of spending time in the milongas, the other is absorbing vast amounts of empanadas and beer.
Then came a guy whom I knew from the beginner's class. We began chatting, and I took advantage of beeing a much more experienced beginner than him (I've been a beginner for months, and him only for weeks) to embark on a digression on the various tango composers, and the necessity to adapt one's dance to the style of tango being played. "Right now", I examplified, "they're playing a d'Arienzo, so you're supposed to step small and quick, with double-times and without pauses, because, you know, and this will become obvious for you too once you'll have heard as many tango songs than I did, d'Arienzo has this very recognizable..."
"- By the way, it's not d'Arienzo, it's Tanturi", muttered a friend of mine that just came without my noticing him.

posted by Pablo  # 2:58 AM
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