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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, March 01, 2006

Another Pablo 

So here I was, sipping my cherry tea (No, I'm not always on a beer), inviting in turn my two partners. Watching the dance floor becoming more and more crowded, and with a percentage of teachers in constant raise, I was calculating how much time I would stay at the milonga before becoming an inappropriate, unwanted guest.
Here Fran came closer and whispered "Look who's just here....", while looking at the neighbouring table.

I looked, and almost spitted my tea. Hawaian shirt, long hair, pointy beard... Pablo Veron!
Sitting at a table too. Sipping a beverage too - but it was beer. Surrounded by two ladies too - but his were young and beautiful. So, he was touring abroad after all!
I thought he had turned to salsa and was lost for A.T, but there he was. Incredible.

He did not hurry to the floor, and waited until the DJ played a Color Tango tanda: Yunta de Oro, De Floreo, Primavera Portena. Then he invited the blond girl. I saw a few people standing up from their remote chairs and come near the floor's edge, pretending doing this Cabeceo thing but actually looking at Pablo Veron. I noticed he was smaller than I thought.

Oh, he did not push too much, not doing any showy or dramatic move, he kept taking it easy, not
trying to interpret each note of the music (good luck to do that on Color Tango, by the way...)
But his smoothness and groundedness were incredible. He seemed to always have all the
time in the world. His left hand was very loose, more than once letting go the lady's hand, while
his right arm kept a very tight, hip-to-hip connection.

My regular teachers were dancing too, and it looked very different, you could almost tell the music from their steps, also they were more jerky, mainly the guy. Step-step-step...

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