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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, February 04, 2004

If you can't say anything nice...

...better say nothing. My town's tango community is not that large. The percentage of women who don't try to run away when I enter a milonga isn't large either. So I try to refrain from telling anything offending, whatever I may actually be thinking. Same for followers, they think something and say something else.

Last afternoon, at the end of the class, while practising a bit, here is what Michelle was thinking while I tried to lead some beginners's patterns:

"- Look at this blond chick over there, she's doing f.....g well. Of course, she has a skilled leader, unlike me. With Pablo, for sure I can only expect 8CB after 8CB. I'll be happy enough if his heel doesn't step on my toes, as
happened last week, and... oh, s..t! That was an ocho!"

And here is what she said:

"- Sorry Pablo, my mistake. See Helen, she's dancing well by now!"

What I thought:

"- Of course she's dancing well. But nothing special, after her three months of classes she's got the usual level girls have after three months of classes. I saw women who were dancing like this after only a week-end workshop. It's not her who is gifted, it's you, Michelle, despite your two years of classes and the unnumerable workshops you attended, who are still unable to understand some simple concepts such as 'The leader leads, the follower follows', 'The follower does not lead, this is the leader's job', and who are unlikely to ever reach the so-called 'intermediate' level. "

And what I replied:

"- True, she's dancing well by now..."


posted by Pablo  # 4:57 AM
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