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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 ?

Monday, April 24, 2006

Where is tango learned? 

I just finished arranging my Bs-As fothcoming agenda. Of course, reality over there may be quite different, teachers may cancel, taxi dancers may not show up, milongas may be closed, but at least I'll try. Discussing yesterday with my local (but Argentina-born) teacher, I horrified him by explaining what I had scheduled, namely:

46 classes
20 practicas
2 milongas

"But tango is learned in the milongas, by dancing! You've learned already more moves and patterns that what you can put in one tango, or even in a whole tanda!"

I refrained with difficulty from the easy reply ('Then why are you teaching?")

I don't know for others. Sure I have seen many claims by maestros (Gavito, Chicho...) saying they had never taken a class, but used to go in milongas "every evening till sunset". But the little me never leaves a milonga with the feeling he has learned something. So I have planned only two milongas, one at the beginning of my trip and the last near the end. I like the idea of being in Bs-As and ignoring their milongas. It's like having a glass of champagne and not drinking it.

posted by Pablo  # 11:40 PM
Comments:
I think it is till sun rise intead.
 
sunrise not sunset
 
sunrise not sunset
 
sunrise not sunset
 
Sunset of the day after :)
 
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