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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, September 01, 2006

End of summer... end of milongas 

Soon I'll be back to my beloved classes. I think I've found something for Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, still trying to fill the other evenings.

But yesterday, Summer was still on and I kept exploring milongas. Snapshots:

-) I forgot my book (2001 nights, not tango-related ) so all I had to read were the many flyers available at the entrance, announcing workshops and classes.

-) I took my dance shoes from my bag and put them. So what? Well it was my first time with these shoes, the snazzy ones from Buenos-Aires. They did a good job, I almost completed one tanda with them. I had left the snazzy suit at home. With the suit I can't raise my elbows, with the trousers I can hardly breathe and with the shoes I can hardly walk so the combination would have been over-ambitious.

-) Usually to invite I walk to the lady's table and extend my hand. Twice though, I could not approach close enough and had to use a distant inviting protocol. Instead of the cabeceo I used my left hand to do the "Me Tarzan, you Jane" thing and then my right hand to act like I was using an eggbeater. Well I bet any kind of gesticulation would work, in the context of a milonga.

-) One of the invited ladies remained stuck to her chair, glued by an old chewing-gum she had not noticed when she sat. By the time she cleaned everything, the tango piece I wanted to dance on was over.

-) After a series of dull valtzes the DJ played Sonar y nada mas, one of my favourites. Well, everyone's favourite. I was sweating a bit though, and not sure it would be pleasant for the lady to keep dancing.
"You don't have to if you don't want", I said while offering my hand.
"Oh yes I want to dance it, and I want to dance it with you!"
Minutes later I saw her chatting and laughing with a classmate of mine, and I understood she had been bribed to say that.

-) The trick I had noticed in Bs-As also works here: after dancing with me, a lady is quickly invited by a good leader. Like they feel they have to give her a compensation for the terribla tanda she had.

posted by Pablo  # 3:45 AM
Comments:
You should have a link with some pictures to help us relate...
 
Sure. You can see the shoes here http://tangobeginner.blogspot.com/2006/06/tango-gear-shoes.html

I think I'll remove these pictures by the way. It leaves nothing to the imagination when there are pictures.
 
I did a small new start in Tango after just 3 times the last half year and it feels nice to read your struggle....

Hope you get some "moments" on the floor this autumn...

Regards from Sweden...
 
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