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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 ?

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Comparison 

Seems just everybody's going to Buenos-Ayres these days. One (female) student just came back yesterday. Tanned, with some pesos in her pocket, and unable to make complete sentences without inserting one or two porteno words. She went there alone, but having beforehand arranged a hotel+classes+milongas package with a local organizer. So she was welcomed at the airport, they called cabs for her when she wanted to go out, gave her a cell phone to stay in touch, and so on.

She had a nice time. At her very first milonga, the hostess placed her at the fourth seat of a table already occupied by three ladies, one of them being a well-known professional dancer. So when milongueros came to invite the pro, she was invited as well, and as she says, "never came back to her seat", dancing from 23:00 to 5:00. And no, she's neither young, nor pretty, not even a good dancer (maybe one year of classes). Her report about the way milongueros dance is similar to what can be read everywhere: just walking, keeping it simple, leading an occasional ocho or parada. But doing it well.

(So, after all, this myth might be true. Nevermind, I'll stick to my own way: dancing an awful lot of patterns, badly. It's too late to change my style.)

All in all, in about one week she reportedly danced 56 hours. This probably includes the classes she took during the days, but still, this is a lot. During my next-week trip to Buenos-Ayres, I certainly won't dance that much. Three milongas are scheduled (there is a theater show every other day), my personal average is two tandas per milongas, so statistically I'll dance 6 tandas, which means 24 tangos, so not even two hours. Including the classes, (given being most teachers keep talking and talking, and we actually dance 25% of the time) it will amount to a grand total of eight hours.

But I will come back with a nice CITA tee-shirt.

posted by Pablo  # 5:27 AM
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