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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 ?

Thursday, June 03, 2004

How will I know ?

How will I now (if it ever happens at all), as an argentine tango leader, that I left the beginner's hell and entered the "intermediate" area ?

Is it a matter of numbers (Like when you turn 21, you can drive a car and vote.)
-) I'll have been taught a certain amount (say, 500) of sequences by my teachers.
-) I'll be able to actually lead a certain amount of sequences (much less of course, say 100)
-) I'll have danced a certain quantity (say, 1000) of tandas
-) A certain number of years (say, three) will have passed.
-) the number of bumps caused by me (usually when doing a back step) will have reduced to something infinitesimal (say one per milonga)

Is it just a kind of magic:
-) I'll have gone to the Chacarita cemetary (Buenos-Aires)
and put a lit cigarette in Gardel statue's hand
-) I'll have tried all of the seven different kinds of empanadas

Is it a matter of partner's feedback:
-) Women will stop running away and trying to escape at all costs when I enter the milonga
-) Once I catch one, her "thank you" will come after one tanda (and not after one tango, or even after half a tango)
-) When a tanda begins, a woman will come spontaneously to me for a dance, and then another woman will intercept her, saying she had already booked me (Well, maybe this is too much for the
intermediate level; maybe this happens only to advanced leaders).

Or is it something I'll feel by myself? Like in Dante's Divine Comedy, the souls in purgatory for several thousand years, one day know by themselves, without any angel having to tell them, that they're allowed to enter the Heaven?


posted by Pablo  # 3:09 AM
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