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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 ?

Friday, May 05, 2006

Broomstick (a.k.a Bs-As, day... well I stopped counting) 

From Bolivar station, the subte (line E) will bring you to Boedo station, which is the nearest to Zotto's dance studio. Except when line E decides without notice to go out of order. Then a taxi will bring you to the same place, but it will take both more money and more time. That's how I began my classes: 15 minutes late.

The logistics is impressive. For your money you get Osvaldo, Lorena, a assistant who will be your partner, and a little white dog which kept barking at me. "She's trained to bark when she notices a mistake in one's lead", I was told afterwards.
Though they would use other words, the general idea is that you have to dance like you've swallowed a broomstick. All that could be detrimental to your verticality is prohibited. I'm not even sure I was allowed to breathe. Their dance floor is very long, even more when you have to walk it on your own, with all of them ( the three people and the dog) watching you. The verdict was that I had some natural elegance when static but that every move of mine was ruining everything instantly.

The class with Gustavo, the day after, was totally different (except I also came 15 minutes late) as it was a group class, with a lot of attendance even including some locals. Another pupil from my tango school was there too, and greeted me with a kind of relief smile. At least now he would not be any more the clumsiest student in the place. But I didn't mind: my taxi dancer was much prettier than his.

posted by Pablo  # 10:27 AM
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