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Shrewsbury with a whoosh

As stated in my last post, I have two tango venues this week. It is not often I get this opportunity, so I must make the most of it.

The beginners class started with everyone doing ochos. Men find this particularly difficult. (I blame the shoes) It gave the men a chance to see how much time is needed to complete, and hopefully illustrated how the pivot needs to be finished before you make the lady step.

We went on to do walking ochos, again with the emphasis on allowing the time and space necessary. As the class went on I could see great improvements all round, everyone looked more relaxed and at ease with the steps.

When we moved on to the improver’s class, the numbers were balanced, so neither Bob or Roberta were needed. I disappeared into the practica room to give some of the struggling beginners the benefit of my experience.

I spent some time with one lady who had not been coming long, she still struggled with the ochos, but as I broke it down and told her to get her balance after the pivot before she tries to step. She was soon ochoing like a good un.

After half an hour or so she had had enough and left me to rejoin the improver’s class. Alison had also rejoined so this meant I now had a follower. Sharon was teaching the whoosh again, and again as I had missed the beginning, I was struggling.

All was well in the end as I had a bit of a private lesson. I was doing the classic beginners thing of just making it too complicated. Just goes to show, good as you think you have become, we all relapse now and again.

Back in the Coracle my private struggles were commented upon, I need to be kept reminded that despite most of the dancers around these parts being beginners, I am not so great. Buenos Aires will bring me down again with a thump.

Next week is the first ever Gresford Milonga. I am sorry I cannot invite everyone, while Gerald Grosvenor may live down the road, I only have a small bungalow.  However if you read this and feel particularly put out that you were not invited. Tough!

Seriously we may be able to fit in one or two more, so we are looking only for those who really want to attend. If we are sucsessful we may try fitting more in next time, hopefully in the summer when we can throw the doors open.

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Feast and Famine

Life as a dancer forced to work for a living is never smooth. some weeks go by without opportunities, and then like this weekend, there is not even time to catch up with my writing.

I have just come back from a weekend dancing in Blackpool. It was advertised on this site under February, but it will take it’s own posting. I have many photographs to post, all of which need downloading, editing, and generally touching up,  so for now I must leave that subject until I have more time.

Being off midweek allowed me to attend the Shrewsbury tango again, and enjoy the good company that is always there.

Dave has asked me to comment on the fact that it is a team effort that keeps the place going, and I am happy to do this. The efforts of all the people there are what makes it such a great venue.

This week Sharon was unable to attend, and we had the return of Mishka. Mishka was one of the originals and it was a welcome return for her. She is doing little teaching at the moment, as she prepares a home for her forthcoming Marriage. We all wish her well and look forward to the nuptial Milonga.

As usual Sharon had left instructions as to what was required. Valz was the order of the day, and the class were shown how to do a Valz turn. In the end there was not enough time to complete the turn on both directions, and I got completely confused, did we learn the end of the first turn or the beginning, and all the first? There was nothing for it but just to do the whole turn in both directions and hope that the ladies could follow it. It is to the credit of the way that they have been taught, that none of the ladies had any problem following me.

I love this place, such a shame that I cannot attend more often.

After the class, the usual group reconvened at the Coracle. Viv was adamant that we should have a rain check, as we had a busy day next day, picking up Steve’s wife, going to the dentist, and finally driving to Blackpool. The good company however was irresistible, and as soon as we got in the car she changed her mind. So we finished another great night with a drink.

One of my regular readers from Argentina (I don’t want to name drop but if she asks I will name her) has told me that she is coming over later in the year, Dave has greeted this news with excitement, and we are all hoping that she will attend a special Milonga in  her honor. ( this is sort of an invite, I hope she agrees to come)

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Five loaves ?

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What was I saying about miracles?  After this weeks session at the Lantern, we again reconvened at the Coracle for a drink. Now Dave may say that he is just lucky, but I reckon he has some sort of power, because there we were sating our thirsts thinking, “hm something to eat would be nice” when there appeared the landlord with a plate of sandwiches.

Is it me or are Daves eyes glowing? Summoning up the butty God.

Is it me or are Daves eyes glowing? Summoning up the butty God.

 Anyway back to the Tango: We arrived a bit earlier this week, and this gave me some more time just walking with the beginners. It is to Sharon’s credit that even though the large numbers last week were probably to do with the “Strictly Come Dancing” effect, all but six turned up again this week. Perhaps not everyone expects dancing to be like that, and can understand the concept of social dancing.

I am amazed at  the standard that is being achieved here. Nobody yet has complained about the lack of figures and they all seem happy that they can at least take the floor.  I can only put this down to the small group of dancers that is making a home here, and to no small part the efforts of Dave and Sharon.

In the intermediate class we again practiced crossing the ladies and moving around the room in cross system. Previous teachers in this area have tended toward the, shall I say, more elaborate dancing. Now the ladies are coming to the understanding that if I do not lead anything then they need do nothing.

Just looking beautiful is enough, and if they do not know what I want them to do, that is my fault not theirs.

Just a few pictures of the night, They will improve with time, I have only had this camera a very short while.

I am now entering a period where I will not be able to get to Shrewsbury every week So my reports will be sporadic. I know I can trust the team to do a great job, and I really look forward to seeing how everyone has improved when I return.

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