Tuesday, 30 June 2009

A Quiet Retreat

I’ve been quiet for a while now because tango has kind of left my life. My previous dance circle came frantically calling me back and since then I have been immersed in routines and not had time for my tango classes. Well, that is partly the truth, but I must admit that a major reason I have not been out for a while is that my last memories have not been good ones. A few bad milongas, a couple of insensitive partners and an ex-teacher who criticised my style have all left a sour taste in my mouth and one with which I have wanted to distance myself from. My first flush of love for tango has withered and now it is just a case of seeing what can grow from the soil. Will I be back? I hope so.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Pablo Nievas and Valeria Zunino

I had a milonga lesson with Pablo and Valeria recently. The class was hard but fun and I’ve definitely got some milonga style drills to practice at home now. Near the end of the night, we had a demonstration by Pablo and valeria which consisted of 3 dances. The first was completely improvised while the other two were choreographed. I must admit, I was a bit disappointed as I had already found a video of them on youtube doing a milonga and been very impressed but now realised it was one of their choreographed dances. Its still great to watch but it has slightly taken the shine off for me. Is it usual to have choreographed dances? Am I being a bit naive?