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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, May 18, 2004

183 sequences

A commun friend introduced me to an argentine woman who was enjoying a few week stay in our beautiful town. The conversation quickly switched to tango, of course, and she taught me that if argentine tango was from Argentina (no big news...), not the whole Argentina was dancing tango. Tango, she said, can be found mainly in Buenos Aires; in the other parts of the country they have their own dances. And even in Buenos Aires, the twelve thousand people dancing tango are a very small minority in comparison with the twelve
millions of inhabitants.

I invited her (did I forget to mention it? All this occurred in a milonga) and I noticed she had a vast experience, because she managed, by pivoting me a little from time to time, or stopping me (always very smoothly) to always keep us in the LOD, and always at an ideal distance of the other couples. After a whole tanda danced exclusively with my little vocabulary (ochos and...that's all), I apologized
for being so limited, and she pretented it had been ok.

Then she told me the story of this Buenos-Aires tanguero who proudly
proclaims that he knows 183 sequences. No less. Yet, all women run away when he enters a milonga and they try to avoid dancing with him. Because, once he has invited a tanguera, he indeed proceeds to execute his 183 patterns, always in the same order, whatever the orchestra plays, without caring too much for the music, the follower or the other people on the dance floor.

So much for the myth that pretends that the argentine leaders are just wonderful to dance with...or maybe it's a kind of fairy tale told to beginners like me, to encourage them.


posted by Pablo  # 1:59 AM
Comments:
like tumbler and tipsy days hopefully we will remain in high spirits. well, good day
 
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