Daily Archives: March 9, 2011

Fat Monday

OK we were a day early for Mardi Gra, still we could still have pancakes. Viv was not going to miss all the dancing, spending her time cooking, so we came to a compromise. We bought a load of Scotch Pancakes that just needed warming under the grill. We over estimated somewhat the amount we needed, still no  one left hungry.

Our numbers were down again, only eight this week, still the numbers were balanced and we could all dance at once. There is a constant change of numbers, some come regularly some come and go some never come back, but the trend is ever upwards. We can never hope to compete with the Strictly crowd, but then we never wanted to try, we will keep it authentic and stand or fall by that.

Our artists of the night were Rodolfo Biagi and Miguel Calo, and this seemed to go down well, I shall put them amongst my favourites along with Canaro. I find that the traditional tangos and Canjengues are a lot more popular with our dancers. We get requests for Piazzola and Pugliese, but the dancing all but stops, so I will never play more than one or two and only as a very special request. Any of the more modern artists after about 1980 tend to drive people off the floor, at least that is my experience.

There will be no practica, unfortunately next week, nothing to do with it being lent, I will not be dressed in sackcloth and covered in ashes. No I have to work nights, next week. We will of course be back on 21 March, see if we can find something to celebrate then.

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