Around and around: an excellent ocho technique class with Maeve

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My last lesson with Maeve was way back in March of last year, when we devoted a two-hour lesson to following instead of leading. That turned out to be one of my most valuable lessons.

Today’s lesson was me leading, but the theme was very much the same …

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Time for a new approach to my privates

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Scheduling challenges meant I didn’t have any private lessons last month, but now have three arranged for this month: two with Maeve while she’s in London, and resuming my regular privates with Fede and Julia toward the end of the month.

A lot changed for me in BsAs, so I realised I needed to take a fresh look at what I wanted to get out of my privates. Two elements are easy …

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My first visit to Carablanca, and probably my last

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My planned exploration of new-to-me London milongas hadn’t got very far, albeit for the best of reasons: finding one I adore.

But I was curious to try Carablanca because it seems to be a Marmite milonga. I’ve heard reports from those who love it and those who hate it, but rarely anything in between …

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A fantastic class, and a wow milonga at Tango Terra

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Intermediate classes can vary tremendously in focus, from long, complicated sequences to pure technique.

Tonight’s Tango Space class was my idea of the perfect group lesson: half technique, and then a sequence which was really also a disguised technique exercise …

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Thoughts about DJs, and a flattering and amusing moment

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In my admittedly limited experience to date, it seems some tango DJs are more consistent than others in the type of music they play. Bruno at Los Angelicas and Shaun at Tango Terra are very consistent, reliably playing a high percentage of music to my taste. The DJ at tonight’s milonga is more variable, in my view, which got me to thinking about what factors might be at play.

If you’re a tango DJ, please do comment below; in the meantime, here are three theories …

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It’s not about how good the DJ is …

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It’s about how good a match they are to my personal tastes.

Los Angelitos is normally reliably great as it combines my kind of music – thanks to Bruno sharing my tastes for slow, lyrical songs – and my kind of followers. This week, however, it was lacking the first ingredient …

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A fortnight’s tango fast broken with an excellent practica

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It wasn’t my plan to have a fortnight-long tango fast, but two lazy evenings, one rain-sodden day and one milonga I’d expected to happen that didn’t all conspired against me.

I was glad, therefore, that my reintroduction to tango was a practica before the milongas resume tomorrow …

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