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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 ?

Thursday, July 06, 2006

The verdict 

It was the last class of the month, but not only. It was the last class of the season, but not only. It was the last class of the highest level given by these teachers. So there won't be a new season with them next autumn. It was the last class.

Near the end the teacher spontaneously came to us. "You're fitting well together, in a way. You [to my partner] anticipate the sequence and don't wait for the lead, which is understandable as you [pointing to me] aren't leading anything; the feet are much better, you're more grounded, but you still don't know how to use the upper body, the arms, the hands. it does not look like an embrace."

Most probably it was also the last class with this particular partner as well. Hey, she needs a guy who will actually lead her!

So for the first time at the end of the season it's not exactly clear what I'll do next. I'm willing to continue, the trip in Bs-As had the desired effect and renewed my interest for the dance and the people. I'll have to find new teachers but there are plenty of them here and I already pre-selected four or five. Same goes for partners, I don't have a regular one but I'm happy with my half-dozen of half-regulars (who themselves also have multiple leaders) .

Until then, during the next two, class-free, months I may try to go to milongas, to invite ladies and so on. Most people I talked to in Bs-As seemed to think that it is part of the learning process.

posted by Pablo  # 2:57 AM (4) comments

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