Snobby Sydney... really?
Another Festival and another report that Sydney tango dancers are not hospitable. It is so sad, but it keeps coming round. For some reason Sydney tango dancers in general don't introduce themselves to dancers from out of town, rarely ask strangers to dance, and appear to these visitors to be only interested in impressing the dancers they already know and dance with.
In contrast on the same weekend as the Sydney Tango Salon Festival, the combined tango community groups of Tango Synergy and the Tango Social Club of Canberra held Tango in the Spring in the capital. Basically an Encuentro Milonguero, this event is all about socialising and dancing and the reports coming in are that the host city was warm and sharing.
A different type of event, but that is no excuse. The Sydney dancers who attended the events over the Tango Festival would do well to welcome out of towners, to dance with them and to socialise with them. There are many good dancers among them, though that is hardly the point, and what's more it is a wonderful opportunity to learn about tango in other cities.
Neither Festivals nor Encuentros, are about showing off, nor are they about dancing with the locals you can dance with every day, though you may feel they expect it. Surely they are about embracing the dance and with it the the dancers! I have written about this before so I know it will make little change to the way Sydney dancers welcome strangers, but I can't help but once more let them - and the hundreds of international readers of this blog - know that Sydney can be a difficult city for the visiting tanguero/a.