Polly's Tango Talk

Are You A Tangoid?

Several years ago I made up the word “Tangoid” to describe dancers

whose tango life has invaded their daily life.

 So, you are a Tangoid if…

 You have used sick leave, vacation time or bereavement leave to attend a tango event.

 You have danced in, through, or in spite of an illness, injury or incision.

 You have flirted with an attractive stranger to get a dance and soon wished you had watched them dance with someone else first.

 You have volumes of notes you took as a beginner but no idea what language they’re in.

 You used to survive all weekend on adrenalin, antacids and Altoids. Now you survive on aspirin, ace bandages and naps.

You’ve done things to tango music besides dance.

You take workshops all day, dance all night and hope that your feet will keep moving when your brain explodes.

Women carefully consider which shoes to wear and a few hours later would gladly trade them for a controlled substance or crutches.

Men repair their favorite shoes until glue and duct tape become useless.

You are not amused when a partner offers to show you how to do your part.

Your blood pressure spikes when the dimwit in front of you stops to teach, talk or tie their shoe.

 You have been scratched, poked or gored by whiskers, a mustache or belt buckle.

 You have inhaled toxic fumes from hair spray, cologne and mystery aromas.

 You have been humiliated, intimidated and nearly incarcerated when a partner asked the teacher for help then pointed at you.

 You have danced yourself into a near-coma then languished in the morning after tangover.

 You have experienced more intimacy in three minutes than in some of your long term relationships.

 You’ve had dances that were a little TOO good to mention to your significant other.

 You have reconsidered the status of your relationship after a tango weekend.

 Any Tangoids in the house?

Presented at February 2014 ValenTango Grande Ball

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