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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, February 03, 2005

onlooker's perspective 


Last sunday during the informal after-workshop all-level practise. I was at the informal bar (no real drinks, just water, fruit juice and sodas) and another pupil, from the one-level-below-mine class came by.

He: "Hi, I just wanted to tell you how much I like to watch your dance, and how it's inspiring for me!"
Me: "Well, thanks, I do appreciate, it's not everyday that somebody says something like this. But you don't need to be impressed by my steps, you know, it's just..."
He: "No, no, it's not your steps at all. Everybody here is making better steps than you. No, it's the way you seem to be enjoying yourself, and to be having a good time, despite your lack of skill. It's comforting for a beginner like me to see that in A.T, enjoyment is not necessarily related to skill!"

This onlooker's perspective was somehow confirmed later the same day, when changing shoes at the end of the session, by one of the women who had danced with me during the practica:
She: "I think I'll remember for a long time the tanda we danced together!"
Me: "Oh, really? Thanks!"
She: "Yes, it was so different, really challenging for me. For some reason, you're never ending your sequences the way you begin them; a turn to the left ends as a turn to the right, or you set up a barrida and you don't make it... I don't know whether the way you lead things comes from a playful mind or from a poor technique, but if I had to sum up your style in one word, I'd say that you're a traitor!"


posted by Pablo  # 3:38 AM
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