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Friday, November 05, 2004

El Cachafaz 

Last Friday one of the teachers made an imitation of "El Cachafaz". I could not judge the quality of his imitation, of course, but his partner seemed to find it very convincing, and funny at the same time. Bending over a lot, with a protruding backside, he kept throwing his leg up (or tapping) during static moments, and walked heels-first in a way that was evocating a drunken man rather than a jungle tiger, with this somehow weird canyengue style, making brilliant things (corridas) but never leading his partner in any simple cruzada, because at this time the cruzada did not exist (he said).

After that he demonstrated a sequence, that he called the "american exit", a kind of 8CB without the cross (!), the man leading a side step to the right instead of the "4" of the 8CB and making at this moment a sort of high sacada with his left thig, followed by "7" and "8" of the 8CB (got it?)

Although this teacher is near his eighties and spent his childhood in Buenos Ayres, I doubt that he actually saw
El Cachafaz (who died in 1942), probably he viewed some movies featuring him. But the teacher's partner
actually met El Cachafaz' partner, the legendary Carmencita Calderon, who must have celebrated her 100th birthday by now. Carmencita was touring abroad, and when asked whether she liked the way tango was danced by the locals, she just answered "But this is not tango, this is prêt-à-porter!"


posted by Pablo  # 5:19 AM
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