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

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Thursday, April 14, 2005

CITA snapshots 

I did not like it when Gavito cancelled his participation, not because of illness as I thought, but just to enjoy a little longer a russian tango festival. Next time he cancels a class I booked, he'd better have a good reason. Like being dead.

I liked it when after their class Nito and Elba made an improvised demo, Nito dancing a whole tango blindfold with a black handkerchief on his eyes.

I did not like it when I learned, some days later, that it was not improvised at all, that it's a choreographed routine they've been dancing for years and years.

I liked it when Marisa Quiroga, at the beginning of the class, went to everyone with a bag of candies.

I did not like it when, at the end of their class, video-tape time came, Sergio Natario and Alejandra Arrue danced two full tangos without doing even once the sequence they had just tought us.

I did not like it at the CITA opening milonga when all the argentines kept chain-smoking (Well, not when on the dance floor).

I liked it when Alejandra Hobert shared her birthday cake with the students.

I liked it at the restaurant, near the end of my stay in BsAs, when the waiters knew my name and what I wanted to drink, without my having to tell them.

I did not like it when my hotel room TV proved unable to catch the tango TV channel. I had
to buy a little transistor to at least get the 2X4 (FM 92.7) radio.

I did not like it when Osvaldo didn't show up at his class, leaving Lorena and an assistant do the teaching.

I did not like it when I had to pay a 10 peso entrance fee at Confiteria La Ideal, when locals pay 6 pesos (and half of them 2 pesos).

I liked it at Confiteria La Ideal, when a portena sat at my table, began chatting with me, gave me useful addresses in town and invited me for a dance.

I did not like it when Julio and Corina forbade us from filming the sequence sum-up, explaining we would find it on their brand-new DVD, available for 60 dollars.

I liked it when I was shown how to prepare yerba mate.

I did not like it when I sipped it through the bombilla. How bitter!

I did not like it when the last ten minutes of each class by Osvaldo and Lorena were used by Lorena to advertise both their new tango school and her sister's tango dresses.

I liked it when I went to Zival's and found a Pugliese CD that includes A Evaristo Carriego,
a song I had been searching for one year.

posted by Pablo  # 4:19 AM
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