The role of the visiting tango teacher
I was sure I had broached this subject before, but it hasn't come up in a quick search - so here goes! It is timely because in the last week of attending milongas just about every night, the common topic has been the 'arrogance' of the masters at the recent Festival. By 'arrogance' I am referring to the fact that they do not get up and dance with their clientele. I am fully aware that they do not do this in Buenos Aires - how could they? After teaching and practising for hours they go to a milonga to enjoy the company of their friends - and dance the occasional dance with each other. But when they are guests in another country - and being paid to be here - the general feeling is that they need to be more sociable. It should not be about how they feel, but about pleasing the customer. I was disappointed that even those, who had visited Australia a number of times before, did not join the floor with any of the locals except the organiser. Australia is not Buenos Aires - there are not other tango professionals sitting around the room who are going to judge these dancers/teachers on their performance when they dance socially with the locals. Rather the other way. What seems to have happened is that by only sitting together and not mixing, by only performing and not dancing socially the recent batch of professionals from Buenos Aires have left a feeling that they are elitist and unapproachable. .