I feel kinda stupid having danced several years now, to still find this a problem. Where I live, tango dancers often have to dance in places usually given over to drinking, and some of the floors are shockers - filthy, and sticky with spilled drinks. I have arthritis in both knees, but on a clean smooth floor I can pivot with no problem. It's when my feet stick to the floor that my knees get wrenched, leading to alot of damage and time off tango. I used to get the permission of the organiser and then sprinkle a little talc in a corner so I could dust my soles and that would generally solve the problem. Fellow tangueros/as always seemed so appreciative of my little talcum powder patch and would use it too. However, I was taken aside at the last milonga I attended and told that I wasn't allowed to do this, as it ruins the floor. I was obliged to dance on the very sticky floor and, even though I told my partner that the floor was very sticky and to please go easy on the pivoting to save my poor knees, within the first dance I was injured and had to stop. My questions are: does talc really ruin dance floors? And can anyone suggest other ways of coping with really sticky yucky floors? As a follower I find it well nigh impossible to control the amount of pivoting I do. I am just gutted at the prospect of turning up to milongas only to turn around and go home again because the floor is too sticky for me to safely dance on.