Showing posts from April 26, 2009

It’s official...the tango clique is alive!

How sad that in our little tango scene there are people who make others so unhappy they leave! The poll I ran a couple of weeks ago asked whether anyone had left the tango scene because it was cliquey and 8per cent said they had! I wish I knew who these people are because I would like to make it up to them. Sadly it is not just the tango scene that does this to people. When my children were at school cliques manifested themselves at the school gate, among the mums taking their children to and from school; at playgroup and amongst the soccer parents, to name a few. Parents didn’t take their children out of school though, it was not that easy. When you take up a dance because you love the music, or the dance or both, or are driven by an unknown force to immerse yourself in the latin passion that is tango, it is very sad to be run out by unfriendly forces. 18 per cent of my respondents said it made them think seriously about leaving tango. Interesting that only 4 per cent said they had

Chacarera poll results

A few weeks ago I asked readers of this blog for their opinion on the current fashion of including chacarera at milongas - particularly in Sydney which is where I mostly dance. Chacaerera is a folk dance and music that is popular in Argentina and Bolivia. If you would like to know more you will find stacks of information on Wikipedia . Wikipedia describes it as a partner dance with similarities to Chilean Zamacueca and the Peruvian Marinera. Very basically the women are 'seduced' by the man stamping his food (zapateo) and handkerchief waving ending with an embrace. So we found that: 30 per cent enjoy dancing it Nobody enjoyed watching others dancing it 3 per cent would like to learn to dance chacarera 50 per cent thought it was a waste of time at Sydney milongas 5 per cent would like to learn it. Of course it has its place in it’s places of origin, but in Sydney it seems out of place. We don’t have the teachers or the dancers…