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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 ?

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Fake 

Most teachers at the CITA had assistants to help them dealing with the numerous students (sometimes 40 people) and to be partners of lone people, in case the class was gender-unbalanced.

I have only good things to say about them, (they were nice, patient, competent -well, except for foreign languages maybe- helpful...), so I'd rather relate what a fellow from my CITA group told to me during the common dinner we had alltogether each evening.

During one of his classes this day he had no partner because one of the lady had hired a taxi dancer, thus unbalancing the group of pupils. So, one female assistant came to him and played the role of the follower. She indeed played a role here, i.e. she wasn't following his leading, just pretending so but actually was doing the sequence by herself. And each time they finished the routine she would tell him "Very nice! You're leading it perfectly!".

Probably she had been instructed to be a nice girl, to cover the mistakes done by the leaders, to
make people happy with the class, but here she was going too far. My friend has many years
of tango under his belt, and can make the difference between a follower who follows and one who just fakes it. He's the patient type of guy, but nevertheless he got more and more irritated, as he knew he was making minor mistakes and when he asked the girl for corrections he would have preferred by far actual corrections rather than the repetitive "You're doing it just fine!" he got.

More over, he can speak spanish (although he didn't here, as the girl was fluent in english)
and so he was able to understand what another assistant told to the girl near the end of the class:
"Try to really follow him once in a while, because you're not faking so well, he might notice something."

posted by Pablo  # 7:07 AM
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