Making friends with ocho cortados, and my first milonga fix for a fortnight

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I’m not generally going to the pre-milonga Tuesday lesson these days, but the topic was one I must have missed before: ocho cortado with circular movements. That sounded both fun and useful, so I headed over for that.

As it turned out, we didn’t get as far as the circular movement part, but I didn’t mind at all …

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Trying Tango y Nada Mas for the first time; a lesson in levels

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A couple of my Ms had both suggested I try a new school: Tango y Nada Mas. They run three classes, all on a Monday evening: fundamentals, improver/technique and intermediate/advanced – followed by a one-hour practica.

The plan was to try the improver/technique class, have a drink with M while we sat out the intermediate/advanced one, and then do the practica. This, it turned out, was a very sound plan …

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Never mind the easy stuff; back to work …

Back to work

I’d warned Fede and Julia that I hadn’t danced for a week, and would need to see first whether I could remember how. We danced a warm-up song, and Julia told me I could.

She had one piece of feedback to offer and a number of compliments, but I knew that ratio wouldn’t last when we got to work …

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An unwelcome hiatus, followed by an unexpected breakthrough

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Bad colds suck. First, because you have aches where you used to have energy, and second, because even when you reach the point where you’d like to dance, you don’t want to pass on the misery to anyone else.

All of which explains why I’ve missed two milongas and two group classes. Indeed, it’ll have been a full two weeks between milongas by the time I get to my next one on Tuesday! I have really, really missed dancing …

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A great workshop, and a delightful compliment from Diego

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Today was quite a long day. It started with a severe hangover thanks to dinner with friends on Friday night (where there was Drunk Tango), then the anti-Brexit march. It ended with an 8-10pm workshop with a teacher recommended by some experienced dancer friends, Veronica Vazquez.

I’ve done a number of workshops which were billed as pure technique, but many of them include step sequences which I personally find distracting. Fortunately, tonight’s one completely lived up to its billing …

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Tonight the Tango Space milonga was my Little Angel

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Los Angelitos is normally my dream milonga. Lots of slow music, and plenty of followers who enjoy it as much as I do. This past Sunday, however, was a relative disappointment.

But the Tango gods made it up to me by giving me my usual Los Angelitos experience at the Tuesday Tango Space milonga instead. This is usually a really good experience, but generally doesn’t hit the heights of LA; tonight it did …

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A Diego-engineered turn, and no wonder my barrida was messy!

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There’s a turn I saw once in a Pablo and Anne video and which I’ve seen several times in milongas, and it always struck me as one I ought to learn as it had three characteristics I liked.

First, it looked like it would feel really nice for the follower. Second, it seemed a very practical tool for a milonga, as it allowed a significant turn in a relatively small space. Third, it seemed rather simple. Two of these things turned out to be true …

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