I had an interesting tango weekend.
One evening, I went to a venue that I have only rarely attended. There were guest teachers who gave a performance; I have to admit that I don’t tend to enjoy performances as much. Tango performances that are fairly clearly choreographed tend to turn me off, because I don’t see as strong of a connection between the dancers and the music. They seem to be dancing on top of the music rather than within it. It’s funny, because I noticed one teacher dancing socially later in the evening, and his musicality looked wonderful. (I have danced with one of the guest teachers before, but I did not have an opportunity with the others so I can’t talk from experience.) In any case, the whole evening was interesting, although the history that this venue has for poor floorcraft made me a bit tense the whole time.
Another evening this weekend was quite different – a gathering of tanguer@s at someone’s home, which of course included dancing! The intimacy of dancing in a home is lovely, especially with a group of people who seemed to be dancing with the entire room. I had no worries about floorcraft there, and I danced with so many of my favorite people. There is a vibrancy that appears in a small, warm place full of friends. The juxtaposition of these two nights made me realize just how important the venue is to an enjoyable evening: Beginning with the right atmosphere (which includes everyone’s attitude, including your own!) can make a dance with the same leader countless times more enjoyable. It also makes the socializing that happens around the dancing incredibly fun!