So a tango marathon, or at least this one

I imagined something considerably more hippy. More friendly, More informal, younger. It’s mixed ages (which I like), it’s definitely going strong at 4:09. They weren’t kidding about the dormitories. It’s a roomful of mattresses full stop. People are mostly dancing with people they know. Maybe a little more smiling at strangers than in Berlin.

People seemed surprised that I was wearing wings. I thought it was the dress code. Once again, I think I’m following the rules and people think I’m freaky.

And the music… It’s one thing to have monotony of music for 3 hours, but 6  hours of golden age, uninterrupted with even one tanda of different power, like sexteto milonguero or some such, is wearing.

But the real shocker is the dancing. I’m not exaggerating, it’s just ochos, rebotes, and crosses.  Very good technique for the most part, and plenty of space on the dance floor, but nary a back voleo. No wraps or ganchos, few barridas. I thought it might change as the evening wore on, but it didn’t.

The level of ego and swagger in circulation is therefore surprising.

I’m not sure about two more days of this. But now I’m going to bed. It’s a lot easier to go to bed in the dawn than to get dressed in the dark.

 

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I want you to know that you are not alone…

… neither in your dreams for tango nor in your frustrations.

My deepest desire is the same as all my students and friends … those who have yet to start dancing and those who dance a lot.

It’s partnership.

One thing I’ve learned on this quest, we need to:

Stop Waiting for Partners, and start Building them.

I’ve written a 10-step Action Plan.

Are you ready to find the Partners you want?

 

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March 14-April 11, Thursdays: TRYST .Berlin

April 19-21 Rome NeoTango Marathon

May 3-5 Bologna Seminar

May 10-12 Frankfurt Seminar

July 5-7 South Sweden Seminar

September 7-9 Athens Seminar + NeoTango Marathon

October 18-20. Berlin Seminar, simultaneous with the Tangoloft Festivalito Farbenspiele with Tanguerilla Visual Poetry and DJ Elio Astor.