And so long as people are handing over their money freely and voluntarily to watch these stage performances, who cares?!?! Of course, you and I and plenty of other people know it doesn't get to the heart of why we dance. But, like you said, people who don't dance (and who probably don't have any interest in learning) will be impressed by any dance at all. Who cares?! It's entertainment, yes, and there's nothing wrong with that. If people see an AT performance and are drawn in enough--by WHATEVER--to start learning "real" AT, things will sort themselves out. But there's got to be something which draws people in, and glitzy and showy works...particularly for people who don't have enough understanding to appeciate the finer points. But there's got to be a hook. Once they get in, they'll learn the subtlety soon enough. I suppose this could be turned into a thread on "is show tango real tango or not," but I'm pretty sure we have a thread on that already. I'm guessing I know your answer anyhow (no), and you can probably guess at mine (depends, but usually yes).