Zurich first night last tanda

Guy asked DJ “What’s the next music going to be?“
“A mix with some interesting stuff.”
“Who do I dance with? ”
“Her.”
[Me.]

After my experience in Berlin I approached my first Milonga in notoriously unfriendly Zurich with clarity and empowerment, shoes concealed,  a glass of wine,  and a ringside seat.  I knew that I was looking for one man and one woman.

I got my man in the first tanda.  One round of eye contact in the first tanda. Then during the cortina I just turned around and looked straight at him.  It must be flattering.  That was easy.

The woman was the only girl in sneakers (DNI),  and she was cute. And willing to try everything.

On the bus going home some guys were setting up lines of coke on their iPhones.

This photo is of my girl J and a guy who we both enjoyed dancing with,  taken the next night.

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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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Syntax of Power is a raw, potent, and spare revelation of how I got to where I am and how I take on the struggle every day.

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Argentine Tango is more than an elaborate and difficult dance, it is an international culture of intimacy, desire, and dignity. No mere romance or memoir, the intricately woven stories evoke tango’s true mysteries … the elation, the frustration, the compulsion…

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A blog post can be a fragment, a wisp of inspiration, an outline for thinking. A book must complete and reconcile it all. Now I drag the social scientist to the scene to enumerate the facts of the case, the mystery which brought both stardom and tragedy to my life.

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