The London scene will soon have a bright new star, our last milonga ended up being a valedictory for Julia. Although still fairly new to tango, she has put in a lot of effort and has been a bright smiling face we will all miss. We all wish her well and have no doubt she will be welcomed in London they are lucky to be getting her.
The Pant milonga (saturday night) itself was a great success everyone enjoyed themselves; This was not just about the people but the way everyone kept line of dance, refrained from overtaking and the nuevo stuff, also everyone was here to dance. Numbers were down, but I think it is just about this time of year, late night shopping, the bad weather, and full social calendars, all help to keep people away. Maybe when they realise what they missed they will be sorry and come to the next one, still I do not want to paint a bleak picture, there were enough people there, afterall I hardly sat down.
Unusually again there were more men than women, this I think helped. Although here it has been drummed into the men that they must ask the women to dance, we still get some who do not get enough dances. Not tonight though, the only respite the women got was to dodge into the kitchen. The crowd who were here were here just to dance, and any woman who sat for more than a few minutes was soon pounced on.
I never understood why, but Viv often does not get dances, whether the new dancers are intimidated or not I do not know (although she always follows the golden rule; never criticise or try to teach in a milonga). Again though tonight she danced all night, I had to make an appointment to dance with my own wife.
We had some shoes on sale as well, this provided a welcome diversion for all. Although Viv had a small collection of womens shoes, Dave had a quite comprehensive collection with mens shoes as well, so everyone was catered for.
Towards the end of the night we had a “cake dance” for Julia, like a “birthday dance” but it was not her birthday and we felt we had to do something for her. We finished with lots of hugging and kisses. We are a close community and are always sad to see one of our number leave, but we wish her well in her new life and have told her to keep in touch.
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