Tango: my life as a not-so-good leader

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Thursday, March 03, 2005

CITA classes 

Next CITA, next week. 7th CITA, 2nd one for me. Last year I had signed up for 20 classes, despite the advice of experienced fellows who told me it was too much. And now I understand why it was too much. It's not because I would be tired (I wasn't). It was too much because this year I can't find enough classes to sign in! There just remains nothing, I took all the interesting classes that I could (given being my level) last year!
Of course, if I had made huge progress in the meantime, I could now sign for advanced-intermediate classes. But I haven't. So I booked once again intermediate and beginner classes. Well, I did improve a little bit, which means last year I booked mainly beginner classes and some intermediates, while this year I've booked mainly intermediate classes and some beginners.

Here they are:

Osvaldo Zotto y Lorena Ermocida: four classes. Everybody told me they were not as great as teachers as they are as dancers. But it's nice to have one Zotto or the other in your teacher's list.

Adrian Veredice y Alejandra Hobert: two classes. I wish I had taken more, I really like them, but with my limited level it would just be stupid. I still remember what Alejandra told me last year in an intermediate class: "Don't try to do everything we're showing here, because you can't, but try to make the best of it, pick one thing or two that may be useful for you."

Gustavo Rosas y Paula Rubin: one class. I don't know anything about them, but they'll teach jumps. And jumps are part of these impressive steps you have to know for the occasional demo. Weak as I may be, I'm asked once or twice a year for a demo, so now I'll be able to include jumps.

Sergio Natario y Alejandra Arrue: two classes. They're not touring, they always stay in homeland Argentina, so possibly they're not perverted by classes in foreign country and they'll teach some useful things, the kind of sequences that you can actually do in milongas.

Nito y Elba: one class, about enrosques. They're just great in enrosques, and this is one thing I'm still doing very badly, despite the high number of teachers who tried to explain them to me.

Julio Balmaceda y Corina de la Rosa: two classes, about milonga. They're not especially famous as milonga teachers, but hey, I had to choose 15 classes.

Gavito: one class. I hate to say it, but the guy might very well not be there next year, as he is both very old and very ill, so who knows, maybe I'm taking the last class ever by Gavito.

Facundo y Kelly Posadas: one class. Can't even remember what the class is about.

Eduardo Saucedo y Marisa Quiroga: one class. Same, can't remember why I picked this one.

As the festival is 7-day long this year (as opposed to six-day long in 2004), and I have less classes, the schedule is much looser. From Monday to Wednesday I'll have just one class!
Therefore I'll hopefully save energy for the evenings, in the milongas. Not that I intend to be dancing very much (and most probably it will be only with women within my group), but last year I missed most of the performances by the maestros. While Fabian, or Osvaldo were performing, I was sleeping on my chair.

posted by Pablo  # 6:59 AM
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