by Nancy Green
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
Love reading about your dancing journey–and even I am more aware of my posture!
Thank you Sharon. No matter the situation, we always have our posture!
N, you are just too cool for words… always have been. I’m your biggest fan!
Thanks Susan. I’ve been having a lot of fun.
I came, I read this article, I coeqdnreu.
ok,nancy….you have me convinced! i need to see your dancing shoes!!!!
Deb! Am I going to see you on the dance floor? There’s plenty of room.