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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, August 04, 2006

Turn-over 

Summer is also the season to reconsider partnerships. This lady who was a beginner in September, is now much better than me. She will probably break it up and look for an advanced leader. That one, who was *slightly* overweighted one year ago and since then gained a dozen additional pounds, while my own strength and muscles lost their past efficiency (age, you know...), will I still be able to lead her into colgadas? Maybe I don't want to take the chance.

Eleven names are on my list. Two of them moved; they're still dancing tango... but in other, distant towns. One is still studying cuttlefishes DNA, sending mails from her island every 6th month or so. One made it clear to me she wanted to switch to any more skilled partner, and did so. And finally, the youngest one has a boyfriend now and is only interested into introducing him to tango (or tango to him); makes sense. So I have to bar five names. On the other hand, the one who had to leave for one year to prepare her PhD got it (and celebrated it, we offered her a bicycle), so she'll probably be back soon.

And there is my "historical" partner, the one I used to love, and for whose eyes I took up the tango in the first place, the one who refused to take classes with me during my first two years of learning. She was my partner this season, and asked me to continue in September. But I won't. I like my partners to be either good (so they can dance despite my lead), or playful (so we can both laugh at my mistakes) or sweet (so they forgive my mistakes), and she's nothing of that. By the way, out of the remaining ones, one is good, three are playful and two are sweet.

posted by Pablo  # 3:12 AM
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