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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, August 10, 2006

Are you a teacher? 

Yesterday I wanted to go to a class but couldn't make it on time, so as a plan B I went instead to another unknown milonga. The place though was familiar to me from my ballroom years. It's still a ballroom place, where once a week they have a milonga. A versatile place. The level was not that great, I figured the people here were versatile too, coming here to dance swing on Mondays, ballroom on Tuesdays, tango on Wednesdays and have their bingo lottery every Friday. The orchestra was playing standards (El Choclo, Felicia, and yes, even La Cumparsita) but with a somewhat jazzy flavour.

Near my table a middle-aged lady in a versatile outfit (small dress, not-so-high heels, can be used to dance swing) stood up and moved to the edge of the dance floor, then froze in the "invite me" position. We danced, in Gainesville style sort of, and when the orchestra finally gave us a break she asked:
"Are you a teacher?"
Ouch. The infamous teacher style. Slightly over-reaching to make the steps clear. Slightly over-leading, just in case. Taking no chances. Safe-safe-safe. Predictable. Boring.

I thought my lead was all the opposite, hazardous and unexpected. It isn't. How can I be creative? This is another question for my teachers.
Fine, I have a class tonight. Mmmmm, a class.

posted by Pablo  # 4:21 AM
Comments:
Are you sure it was an "ouch"? Why not a compliment? Has your dancing gotten so good that you were mistaken for a teacher? ; )
 
Nah, Pablo's not dancing any better, it's the snazzy new suit and shoes from Buenos Aires that are fooling them.
 
Nah, Pablo's not dancing any better, it's the snazzy new suit and shoes from Buenos Aires that are fooling them.
 
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