It was not without some trepidation that we returned to Pant. I have not been since we left the Chester class and I had no idea the reception we would get. Of course the longer I left it the harder it was going to be for me; so it was time to bite the bullet, so to speak and see if I would be as welcomed as promised.
To be fair the reception we did get was warm, whilst I was having some trouble overcoming my nervousness, nobody else seemed to notice.
The music as always was good, only one track as a sop for the Nuevo crowd, but more of that later.
Everyone was so welcoming, wanting to know where we had been and what we had been up to.
It was a joy to see Carlos there; it gave me a chance to practice my Argentine Spanish and Viv a chance to dance again with a Porteño. I will not list names as I am bound to miss some out, but suffice it to say there were many old friends and every one was a joy to dance with.
My chance to practice came when a Chris Rea track came on; Carlos was puzzled thinking it was a Cortina. I am not going to complain as it was good to have a chance to rest, and of course, a chance to practice my lunfardo. As the next track came on he was up again and dancing with Viv and I grabbed the next available woman. All was well with the world and I lost myself again to the music.
I have lost track of the time we have been away, and many of those ladies who had been struggling when I was last here now danced with a confidence that gave no clue as to how they used to dance. Never the less when they asked “how was my dancing” they seemed not to believe me when I said “wonderful”. I am not a part of the teaching here now, so I am not about to coach as I dance, but I do not lie easily, so you ladies must trust me when I say how good you are.
Finally when it was time to leave, we said our goodbyes, but I could not leave without saying goodbye to Sharon. She unfortunately was dancing; I hope that my nod to her across the floor was enough to start the bridge building. I am not the quintessential people person and as such must move slowly. We will start with a nod attend a few more milongas and see where we go.