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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, April 14, 2004

Dominant

"You've to be dominant!", the (female) teacher said to me after I hesitantly tried to lead her into a simple giro. "You've to make me step on the music that *you* are hearing. Otherwise I'll follow my own music." Sure, with all the different beats that you may choose to follow on a tango piece, chances are low, in a probabilistic view, that my partner and me will be following the same instrument.
"Also, you have to actually lead, you can't just invite me to move. I
must have no choice. You're supposed to be in command."

Well, let's sum up the situation: facing the gorgeous, worldwide famous, highly skilled, trained, thin, smart teacher, is the little me, a fat, bald, clumsy, not so young, anonymous, uncertain potato-couch nerd. Who do you think will be dominating the other one ?

Maybe this is another reason why I can't dance tango: there is no appropriate partner for me.
With a partner of a higher level than mine, I don't dare to lead, keeps apologizing for having to touch her right hand with my left, and I stop after each beat, silently asking whether the step was OK before going to the next one.
With a partner of my level, or lower (Yes, yes, there are some!), I'll assume my role and take charge of everything, but then our tango won't be nice because of her, who won't know how to make giros, won't wait for the lead,
will have a poor balance, will be tense and won't follow the beat. (Partners of my level are very very bad dancers, you know...)


posted by Pablo  # 7:03 AM
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