Thursday, January 13, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Verdi Club Milonga. The place was somewhat full when I got there early on (watching the tail end of the lesson), and got more crowded as the night went on. It got so crowded that at one point, a friend who arrived later told me that he had to park three blocks away -- unheard of! Seth Asarnow Sexteto Tipco played two excellent sets. Floorcrafting was difficult, but kudos to all the leaders who did a reasonable job of keeping things safe and sane on the dance floor.
One wacky thing that happened was that it started out with me being asked to dance by a person I refuse to dance with. We have known each other for years and have taken many of the same classes and workshops, more than I care to count. I was specifically attentively fussing with my shoe as I saw him approach. For whatever strange, truly bizarre reason, he came bounding up to me and enthusiastically asked me to dance (no cabaceo, it was more like a dive bomb invitation). This was the first time he had ever asked me to dance. I politely declined, saying "No, thank you." Then he had the audacity to ask "Why not?". I was taken aback with having to explain my reasoning, since no one has ever asked it of me, so I said whatever first came to my mind, "I'm too cold right now." Now, those of y'all who actually know me know that temperatures have to be near glacial for me to be even slightly chilled, so even though it was quite cold outside and I was still covered in my wrap, this was basically a baldfaced lie and counter intuitive to warming up.
Afterwards, I had truly wished I had told him the real reason why I won't dance with him: "Because I find your behavior exceedingly rude during all classes and workshops where you talk and teach on top of the teacher while he/she is speaking, and I also find your behavior exceedingly rude to other dancers on the milonga dance floor the way you take the poor helpless beginners and proceed to "teach" them on the social dance floor. Never mind that most of what you "teach" is blatantly WRONG." It's pretty obvious that he never googled "dance class etiquette" or "milonga etiquette" and found the following articles (among many, many others) http://www.
danceranddrummer.com/articles/ and http://www. etiquette.htm tangoconcepts.com/etiquette. , which has an entire section dedicated to warning against "Teaching on the Dance Floor." html
The milonga itself was fun, and I stayed until nearly the end. I danced a lot, but started to bonk around midnight. A trip to the food table yielded only a few cubes of cheese and some baby carrots, as everything else was snarffled up by those more sensible to fuel throughout the night, long before midnight. My last several tandas were not so hot, and by the time I called it a night, my feet felt like raw, bloody stumps. Still, it was hard for me to stop dancing because I had so many excellent tandas, what with all the great dancers in town (CJ from Chicago is a dream to dance with! How I wish he would extend his vacation so that the San Francisco Bay Area tangueras can be further blessed to dance with him! And of course there were my usual favorites, ever faithfully in attendance as well).
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Nora's Milonga at Allegro. I skipped the lesson. The milonga was fun. It was colder than normal outside, which made them a little hesitant to turn on the a/c early on. When they finally did, when the room was obviously quite warm and stuffy, the arctic blast from the ceiling made some dancers and spectators quite chilled. I hope that their ventilation system doesn't only function on two modes: completely on (high) or completely off (none). The entire cast of Forever Tango made an appearance after their San Francisco show. Three individual couples performed. Then the entire cast sans Cheryl Burke performed. No song solo by Martin de Leon. It was nice to get such a huge taste of their show, which had two additional dates added. Afterwards, it was great fun seeing the cast social dance with each other and not their usual partners, and with those brave and bold enough from the local tango community to ask them to dance. I had a very good time at the milonga, finally getting the chance to dance with some tango dancers I met outside of the tango community, whose dance paths I hadn't yet crossed.