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Watching others dance

One of the most engrossing things I can do when I am not dancing tango is watching videos of others dance.
Over the years I have watched heaps of these - and heaps of performances and many are ho-hum, or I just don't like the style. Tango is a very personal thing, either you like the way people dance or you don't... and that goes for everyone.
I really enjoyed this performance. The music is unusual, but very enjoyable. It's ' Milonga para un armonica' by Beltango (I have never heard them before). The performance by Mariano Chico Frumboli and Juana Sepulveda is engrossing, the transition from very tight but playful close embrace to more open and complicated manoeuvres and back again is effortless.

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How exciting. Sydney DJ Anthony Miller will be playing at this new milonga in Buenos Aires. There is sure to be a big crowd, especially with Noelia and Javier as performers, and a new milonga always draws the people. Anthony has worked very hard at DJing, studying in Buenos Aires,  ever since he joined with Jacqueline Simpson to form Tango Spirit, one of Sydney's leading tango schools. He has DJd at the Sydney Salon Tango Festival for the last 3 years, which is held at the end of September, and also overseas at Festivals in Asia.
I do hope someone takes a Youtube video!

Injuries and tango

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As one gets older one's body creaks more, but when it does more than creak and actually stops you in your tracks, you have to take notice. This has not only happened to me in the past few weeks, but also my partner, who has a different injury - we feel like a pair of old squeaky shoes! So we are both doing the sensible thing (and following my physiotherapist's advice) and resting. And one of us is doing exercises to try to get back on track sooner.
Dancers commonly have injuries. I remember when my oldest child was a studying classical ballet full time and one of the tango teachers asked him about injury. My son replied: "we all have injuries we just have to learn to cope with them and keep on dancing". Easier to do when you are young, but you can still aggravate the injury to the point where it becomes a major problem.
Ballet dancers feet commonly suffer, women more so than men. I think the same can be said for tangueras and I have had my share of foot problems, bu…