I’ve been dancing for 10 years now – but I can still remember the thrill of discovery as I read my journal entries on those fateful first days. Like many others, I started with Salsa, the “gateway drug” and quickly moved onto “the hard stuff”.

March 2007

“She tried to beg off and stay home on the night of Salsa classes, but I would be damned if I would let her come all the way to Mexico and not Salsa!” She obliged but dragged her feet all the way.

It would be safe to say that I had reluctance at first but later realized that it is because typically, I choose to do things that I excel in. It was a lesson in humility. Eventually, I began having a great time and my teacher graduated me to “intermediate” status. Not bad for 6 weeks of stepping on the feet of classmates! I’ve now promised myself to try all kinds of new things that I do not excel in.

One night after salsa class I overheard our dance teacher say that he would be meeting his wife for Tango. “Tango!?” I just about splurted out the Margarita I was drinking on anyone within 3 feet of me. I asked if I could come along, but he just laughed and said, “yeah, right, when you have learned Salsa, we can talk about Tango”. ” It’s much more difficult”. “Okay”, I conceded, and because I’m not above groveling, added; “but can I just come and watch?”

We walked down the street and around the corner to a beautiful restaurant with an indoor/outdoor atmosphere, with huge columns and iron lanterns where people were already dancing to the live orchestra. Well, I use that term generously, it’s really an accordion player, stand up bass and guitarist, but it sounds wonderful to me.

After a moment of gawking, I spot someone I know dancing! A woman who I had met at a theater performance just a week ago. I worked up my courage to approach her, I want to ask her where she learned to dance, and how I can arrange to take lessons. She and her partner are clearly the most skilled dancers in the room and if I am going to learn, I want to learn from the best. It turns out that she and her husband had learned to dance in Argentina, but that they teach in San Miguel. I am in luck! I make an appointment and spend the rest of the evening with a dumbstruck look on my face as I watch the dancers make marvelous patterns in time with the music.

I am loving my tango lessons; I have had four now and am able to “follow” my partner/teacher in simple patterns. He and his wife say that I am learning swiftly, which is encouraging since with Salsa I felt like a complete clod. To be truthful, I think it was simply that I did not really care for what I perceived to be “obnoxious” music, but it could also be that the classroom was tiny and crowded. Who knows, who cares, a small space only adds to the intensity of tango!

Story posted by: Jeannie Warren

About the author: Event Organiser, Social Dancer from Sedona

Published: 11 Feb 2018 @ 18:10

Last modified: 25 Mar 2019 @ 12:10

Comments (3)

Warren Edwardes commented:
“…with Salsa I felt like a complete clod. To be truthful, I think it was simply that I did not really care for the obnoxious music,” What is it about Salsa music that you declare to be “obnoxious”? But Tango “sounds wonderful to me”. Great news. Good luck.
Posted 11 Feb 2018 @ 21:09 | Last modified 8 Jun 2019 @ 09:45 | View and share
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Jeannie Warren (Author) replied:
At the time I wrote that passage, I had very little experience with Latin culture, and I clearly didn’t understand the music at all. However, it should be noted that I recognized my short-sightedness as time went on. I didn’t mean to offend anyone by the use of the word “obnoxious”, rather a desire to share transparently my own transition from “obnoxious” to “appreciative”.
Posted 11 Feb 2018 @ 21:31 | Last modified 8 Jun 2019 @ 10:16 | View and share
Warren Edwardes replied:
Ah. Just noticed the “March 2007” Dateline.
Posted 11 Feb 2018 @ 21:32 | Last modified 8 Jun 2019 @ 10:17 | View and share
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