Polly's Tango Talk

It’s OK To…It’s Not OK To..

It’s OK To…

Be overwhelmed.  This could be the most difficult thing we ever try to learn.

Stumble around a little when our thinker is over-taxed.

Ask dumb questions in class.  Other people are wondering the same things.

Be slightly embarrassed when trying to describe to a non-Tangoid the extent of our passion.

Seek perfection.  It’s a nice fantasy.

Make up stuff that doesn’t work.

Nestle in the arms of someone we’ve never met before.

Question our sanity.  A reality check now and then is in order.

Hit the wall.  Wham!  Brain and brawn exhausted.

Speak, think, write, dream in metaphors.

Feel like we are brilliant one minute and a nitwit the next.

Confuse “burrito” for “barrida”  “gaucho” for “gancho” “milonga” for “milonguera” et al.

It’s Not OK To…

Blame our partner, the floor,  or the weather for our missteps.

Compare partners with each other to each other.  Ouch.

Proclaim that our preferences for style, music, venues, etc. are “more  authentic” “better” or “best.”

Assume that beginners we dance with want a lesson.

Hum, whistle, chew, blow, or talk in our partner’s ear.

Cross certain boundaries even though we are dancing smack up against someone’s torso.

Throw in the towel.

Forget the generous partners who danced with us when we knew nothing.

Forget what it felt like to be a beginner.




1 Comment »

  1. Last sentence contains the perspective needed to be a wonderful tango dancer!

    Comment by El Nordico — July 16, 2010 @ 4:33 pm | Reply

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