I am happy to report that I have graduated from beginner to…advanced beginner! And with advancement comes a new reality. It is time to commit. Or not. Gone are the happy, sexy days of blissful, stepping-on-my-partner’s-feet ignorance. Oh sure, I still step on feet, but now I do it with good posture.
Throughout these first experiences, I have tried to maintain the openness of “beginners mind.” I’d like to know though, is there “advanced beginner’s mind?”
From knowing nothing about the Argentine tango a few months ago, I can now say with confidence that I know next to nothing.
With a small repertoire of the basics: salidas, cruzada’s, ochos, ocho cortados, molinetes and sacadas there is no turning back. I am officially having fun.
What next? Continue dance classes, go to the practicas. Dust off my shoes and confidence and brave another milonga. How do I continue to learn when not in dance class?
My teachers suggest that we practice at home. Alone. I should be able to do ochos (pivoting forwards and backwards on one foot) without holding on to someone or something. They implore us to listen to tango music a lot. Even at work. Especially at work. Find the two count in milonga. Find the one-two-three in the vals. My teacher Dante says that there is nothing sexier than a woman’s walk. “Ladies, we invite you to walk.”
So, at home, in dance shoes, asking my dog to step aside, turning up the Francisco Canaro, I can practice my steps and walk as sexy as I please. I can pretend that I am a great dancer.
Sometimes it can take one.
Copyright © 2012 Nancy Green