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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, December 16, 2004

Remembrance of Things Past 

My very first contact with A.T, about two years ago, occurred in an old mansion in the country. It was a two-day week-end beginner workshop limited to five couples. The girl whom I was trying to date had developed a growing interest for A.T but did not know where to start from, and hearing about this workshop asked me to come too. By then I had myself absolutely no interest at all for this weird dance, but of course I agreed. For her I would have attended even a "learn to comb and dress your Barbie doll" workshop.

After the first day of classes in what had been the stables of this retired cottage, our hostess led us to our sleeping-rooms. Each couple was put in a large room, my sweetheart in a lovely little room with one large bed and a smaller one, and the little me was led to a couch in the corridor.

No TV, and my gameboy had stayed home...what to do? There were many old books on the shelves, I took one and began to read. Soon I had to go to the kitchen and ask for a knife, because some pages were still uncut! Seems I was the first one to actually put my eyes on it... It happened to be Du côté de chez Swann (Swann's Way), by the late Marcel Proust. Unlike tango, it would really bring me something, I thought. I hardly read the first sixty pages or so during the week-end, but when the workshop ended I sure was more willing to continue with Proust than with A.T!

It took some months though before I found the same book in a bookstore. Around the same time I decided to take up some A.T classes, after a disastrous evening in a milonga where, because of my rude lead, my sweetheart fell heavily on the dance floor. And I wondered: what will I achieve first, some mastery in A.T or the reading of the whole series of books by the french novelist? Each volume is quite thick, and there are seven of them, totalizing thousands of pages:

Du côté de chez Swann ( Swann's Way )
À l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleur ( Within a Budding Grove )
Le côté de chez Guermantes (The Guermantes Way)
Sodome et Gomorrhe (Cities on the Plain )
La prisonnière ( The Captive)
Albertine disparue (The Sweet Cheat Gone)
Le temps retrouvé (Time Regained)

Well, yesterday I finished Le temps retrouvé. As for A.T, I feel I'm somewhere in the middle of the way I still have to walk before I'm an acceptable leader.




posted by Pablo  # 7:31 AM
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