I debated whether to share this, but it was a fun experience and makes for a fun story. Also, it’s the only time I have ever seen myself on video. (I’m not a fan of making corrections to my dancing based on how I look—I try to focus on getting feedback based on how I feel.)
A bit ago, I had a very fun Friday night at my regular milonga. Lots of wonderful dances, including a few excellent tandas with a visitor. On the way out, the organizer for the following evening’s milonga asked if I was going to be there. She had a little exhibition planned, and she wanted me to pair up with this visitor. I hadn’t make plans to be there, which I told her, but I said I would try to make it.
So the next evening comes around, and I am celebrating a friend’s birthday. A critical mass of people decide to go to the milonga, so I grab my things and head over. As I walk in the door, I find out that the DJ is getting ready to stop the social dancing and start the exhibition. So I throw on my shoes, and no sooner am I standing up from my chair than we are walking out on the floor. So much for warming up!
Thankfully, it is not performance dancing (something I just don’t get into with tango)—it is just an exhibition of social dance. So I close my eyes and just relax into the embrace. I dance the two songs, enjoy myself, and walk off the floor to start my real dancing. But this was a fun little venture, and it got me a couple videos to watch and two extra songs with this lovely visitor!