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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 ?

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Dance Of The Vampires 

Went to the milonga La Baldosa, where one of the many preliminary selections for the IVth metropolitan tango championship was taking place. Not that I suddenly developped an interest for milongas; but one of my taxi-partners was competing, and as the public can vote too she asked me to be there. One vote is one vote.

Apart from her, all the competitors were unknown to me. Until I noticed that Fabian Peralta and Natacha Poberaj were amongst them.
"Hey", I said naively to my neighbour - a compatriot - , "This is not fair, those two are professionnals!".
"Hmmmm, I'm afraid they all are..." he replied.

For a moment I thought that him and the little me were, like in Polanski's movie, the only two human beings in the place. But then, with all the tango shows in town, with all the gringos like me coming from everywhere to take classes, there is room for quite a respectable number of tango pros here.

I duly voted for my taxi partner, most of the audience did the same and she made it to the semi-finals. Peralta and Poberaj were ranked #1 by the jury, though.

posted by Pablo  # 7:59 AM
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