talking to people and being friendly doesn’t necesarily mean that you can’t get good dances…
The learning curve
Comfort zones and challenges, plateau and fall. Your journey is yours but you're not alone.
The first time I saw Alberto Dassieu was at ‘Cachirulo’, he seemed to have an air of old school sophistication, like many of the dancers there. Suede shoes, smart suit and even smarter dancing.
via Monica Paz
“Cuando yo empecé se bailaba muy bien, los milongueros se trataban de “Usted”, y nos enseñaban que con el píe había que peinar el piso, sin levantarlo, sin pegarle a otro… Si vos estabas entre dos parejas que sabían bailar, el de atrás y el de adelante nunca te iban a tocar, hacías mil arabescos, pero no golpeabas a nadie, por eso se aprendió a bailar tan bien en esa generación, por la falta de espacio, porque tenías que hacerlo en un pedacito y ahí mostrar todo lo que sabías”.
Roberto Rafael “Pocho” Carreras, entrevista ‘La Milonga Argentina’, Junio 2012
“When I began, people danced very well, the milongueros would speak to each other using the formal “You”, and they taught us that with your foot you had to comb the floor, without lifting it, without kicking another… If you were between two couples who knew how to dance, the one in front and the one behind were never going to bump into you, they could do a thousand arabesques, but would never hit anyone, for this reason one learnt to dance so well in this generation, for lack of space, because you had to do everything in a slip of a space and show everyone what you knew.”
Roberto Rafael “Pocho” Carreras, interview ‘La Milonga Argentina’, June 2012.
If there was one thing women should think about when dancing, it’s this.
Thinking about the response video..
As seen at abrazos milonga 🙂
A2 size (420mm x 594mm) print (without the ‘a taste of tango’ logo) on 160gsm paper, limited edition. Frame not included.
£30 plus £5.25 UK postage (within 5 days, signed for) send me a message through the contact page if you’re outside the UK for postage prices.
UPDATE: THESE ARE NOW SOLD OUT.
I first picked up this book and heard a heavily accented Karsinova telling me… “Don’t be intimidated by the Tango.” I could see her, bedecked in the best of 20s fashion, jewelled and coiffed to an inch of her existence and of course smoking a cigarette through a holder. Dispensing her tips as though it were the most obvious thing.
This pre-fab image played so on my conscience that when I found out this was an alias, I changed her accent to something more London, albeit more upstairs than downstairs.
‘Don’t lose heart because you’ll never learn all the steps the experts dance.’
The advice came thick and with the way I was reading fast too. “Don’t lean on your partner. Hold body erect but not rigid.”
If I ever felt like I repeat myself in classes, this was a meditation on consistency, after all she’s been at it since 1925.
Don’t be fooled by the size or the age of this book, it is a little gem shining with tips and reason for the milonga and you’d have to be a hard hearted milonguero/a if it didn’t bring a smile to your face while reading.
Leaps and bounds sometimes,
others you can feel like it’s a wild goose chase.
Discover the most beautiful delicate thing, glass inside glass so fragile you don’t want to breathe on it.
So full of light you can’t let the sun leave it alone, the enchantment is too strong,
there is darkness too,
nights that are silent and heavy, legs that don’t work,
broken embraces that pain the heart and make it cry
It’s a journey some say,
A labyrinth, a quest,
a treasure hunt that celebrates each find,
yes to the jubilation, not because the journey is shorter, but because you discovered something hidden along the way.