Discussion in 'Tango Argentino' started by Consuela, Dec 7, 2010.
I agree with you completely gssh.
And it is still possible to dance in the dust
Thanks to everyone who replied; it is reassuring to know I am not the only one who struggles with this problem. There is alot of very good advice here for me to work with. That milonga is the only one my very understanding partner can't come to so I am at the mercy of other leaders, none of whom seem to think they need to adjust their dancing to suit the conditions, as of course they are not the ones who have to do the pivoting. Out here followers outnumber leaders by about three to one, and that creates a power differential which brings out the worst in some men. My usual shoes have very smooth soles but I will get a pair of shoes I can try with gaffer tape on the soles, to see if that is better. Don't hold out much hope there, as my existing shoes are pretty good.
It is a sensitive situation because the person insisting that powder not be used is a personal friend and I don't want to make an enemy of anyone. However I was able to state the situation clearly to one of the organisers - basically, that the floor caused an injury to me and if the floor is like that again, and I am not allowed to use powder on it, I will leave straight away. And tell all my friends why I am leaving. I hope it won't come to that, but at least I now have a plan of action.
I WISH we were only a 3 to 1 ratio here... it's more like 5 to 1 in my community, and that's counting the leaders that I'd rather not dance with.
I don't know if Gaff will have the same result as duct tape or package tape (that slick plastic'y stuff) and depending on which brand of gaf it is, it might make more of a mess on your soles. I certainly wouldn't try it on suede because it's likely to pull all the nap off when you remove it. The surface of gaf usually is less slick as well.
(although I have to admit, it's kinda fun running into someone who actually knows about gaffer tape!)
I wonder if your community has had any instructions on the way you adjust your dance style to take into account difficult surfaces?
The only time I have had this type of lesson has been from a very good teacher when we were expected to dance on a poor surface in a park later that day.
This specialised instruction was directed separately to both leaders and followers.
I find it interesting that one of the explanations I've heard for why the oldest style of tango is what it is can be traced (at least partly) to, essentially, crappy floor conditions. That the reason behind canyengue has a lot to do with not dancing on great dance floors, but in places where pivoting was difficult on account of the floor.
I don't know how true or not it is, but it's one of the explanations I've heard (which seemed to be agreed upon by other dancers/Argentines) in the room. (They also pointed out that ladies' fashions at the time played something of a role.)
Just food for thought. YMMV.
I can tell you that you pretty much have to hunt teachers down to teach you how to adjust, and that there is almost no interest in it (too boring, no fancy steps) in many communities that didn't start that way (because I teach it). Almost no one in my own community seems to think it important at all to adjust their dancing to floor conditions.
Adjusting the dancing stile is probably the best solution to the situation, but probably not remotely likely until more people feel they need to have a more complete tango repertoire to deal with any situation they may come across.
I'm sure that's part of why I love canyengue - wish they played more of it at our milongas!
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