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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 ?

Monday, February 02, 2004

The leader is always wrong.

When some catastrophe occurs on the dance floor (bump, fall, gancho on another couple's leg...), the blame is usually put on the leader, because he is the one supposed to be in charge of everything.
As for myself, I'm even wrong when nothing spectacularily bad happens to my partner. For instance, the onlookers can see her executing a nice (ok, an acceptable) giro. The only problem is that I was leading (or thought
I was leading) a backward ocho! My counter-clockwise giros invariably turn into front ochos, my clockwise giros into half-turns, my barridas into sandwiches. My ocho cortados are rarely cortados. When I lead a gancho, my
partners always make saludos, and funnily enough the opposite is also true, i.e they make nice ganchos when I expect a saludo.
Who knows, maybe it's the same for each and every leader, maybe no follower ever followed anything, maybe all these so-called tangueros are only a big bunch of hypocrits.
Of course, some tango patterns are not similar to any other sequence, so
for instance when I try a back saccada the woman can't be confused. In this case things are much simpler: I far and large miss the step, my heel hitting the woman's ankle, or sometimes the nearest chair.

posted by Pablo  # 7:37 AM
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