To teach... or not to teach
This is not a dilemma I have. I have been learning to dance tango for more than a decade and many of the people I first went to class with in Sydney have set themselves up as tango teachers - with varied success, but always with a following. I love tango music - it was that which first drew me to the dance - and I do organise milongas, two or three times a month. Because I don't teach I don't have a loyal crowd of followers who would come to my milongas regardless...I rely on people knowing that we play Golden Age classics and do our utmost to make each milonga special and it is much more difficult to attract customers this way, but all the milonga organisers in BA don't teach - and I don't want to teach something I have not been trained to teach. Why am I writing this post today? Because I have just seen an announcement on FB about yet another tango 'teacher' setting up. It is a good little money earner if you get the expenses right, and I believe that every such 'teacher' brings new people into the community. But there will be those who feel that all it does is fragment the existing community... what do you think? Are there too many tango teachers? Are there too many milongas? I'm adding to this after Mari's comment below... this puts it into perspective!! I had never thought of it like this but it is so spot on... we should all teach!