A Good Tango Teacher
I have never tried again. Partly because of this experience and partly because I am older and wiser.
It is quite easy to be a tango teacher - all you need to do is hang up your shingle. There are no qualifications you need to have, and no associations you need to belong to. It has been suggested that you need to be a 'perfect' dancer in order to be a tango teacher - I fail to understand why.
Recently I discovered this blog about tango teachers and tango stars - and about whether it is important for the teachers to be stars. Just because you can dance beautifully, does not mean you can teach well ... and after being round the tango scene for some years I can say I have experienced this. Similarly just because you can teach well, does not mean you have to be a beautiful dancer! Everyone makes mistakes in tango - and frequently the mistakes lead to a new understanding, provided that those involved do not take it so seriously. In fact some say there are no mistakes in tango and no such thing as sorry - that if things don't go according to plan, there is miscommunication. Javier Rodriguez, one of the most talked about dancers and teachers these days (I hesitate to use the word celebrity, and I think maestro is inappropriate in tango) is credited with saying "Tango should NOT be perfect and it is during those times of “imperfection” that Tango can enter your dance".
If you are looking for a tango teacher it is important to find someone on your wave length. Someone whose teaching you find rewarding and with whom you have a rapport. Someone who's style you admire - not necessarily the 'best dancer, or the greatest Tango Dancer.
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