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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, October 25, 2004

so sad 

"You look so sad. Do you want to dance with me?"
Karen had crossed the milonga, from her table to the bar where I was sipping my drink, and had gently extended her little hand to reach my arm and get my attention. She was arguably the prettiest girl in the place, in any case the youngest one. She had the appropriate size, weight (a little smaller than me, light) and level (just one step above mine). Well, thinking of it, our last dance was already a few weeks ago, and in the meantime she had been dancing a lot, so possibly it was my last chance to dance with her, before the level gap becomes too obvious.
(Tango is such a simple thing for followers!) Plus, she had been taking classes with my teachers for a while, so she would be familiar with my style. More over, she was the only girl I knew in the milonga, I had not danced
up to then, so practically she was my only reasonable hope to spend some time the dance floor.

I thanked her, and declined. I'm still not sure why. Maybe it was because I had seen her dancing with all these good leaders before coming to me, and I knew I could not match their skill. Or maybe it was the "You look so sad" part of her invitation, making it clear that she was doing me a favor, like giving a coin to a beggar.

Unsurprisingly, I got no further invitation by her, or by any other follower, and never left the bar for the remaining hours before the milonga closed. So sad.





posted by Pablo  # 4:17 AM
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