Last night - a stranger ignored and a gauche promotion

The Marrickville milonga run by Tango Entre Amigos started off quietly last night, but was buzzing by 9.30. It is a great floor - probably the biggest in Sydney - and the music by DJ Fabian is always good - last night it was excellent. Predictably it follows a pattern going from old to newer and back again, but that is far preferable to undanceable tango orchestras of the 1950s to 2000s - or Piazzolla written for the concert hall, that is played by some of Sydney's DJs.
It started off slowly for me, not many dances until well into the night. As a woman who does not ask for a dance this is always a potential problem as I've mentioned before.
Two things happened last night though. The first was a well-known Sydney dancer and teacher handing out fliers for his milonga, unasked for - and in fact handing them to people at my table, in front of me, knowing that his event conflicted with mine. Bad manners or just gauche? I prefer the latter as he probably had no idea.
(10 days later: I would like to thank the Sydney dancer and teacher mentioned above. After reading this posting he apologised to me and I appreciate this gracious gesture).
The second was a visitor from South America, in Australia to learn English who was left sitting in a corner. A friend introduced me and said he wanted to dance - so we did. I explained to him that women here appreciated being asked to dance, but he still held back so I introduced him to a couple of our best dancers - and friendliest women - and he was away. I don't mind doing this - I know how it feels to feel left out and on your own and I am glad that he seemed to enjoy himself after that.


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