This weekend was the LongaMilonga at Providence. I always look forward to this event as it usually draws the best of the best, is a fantastic space and the DJs are always great. This month Adam Hoopengardner was the DJ and he taught a milonga class before the milonga. I fully expected the class to be well attended as milonga is a weak spot in the Boston scene, many could due with a good solid basics class in milonga, myself very much included. To my surprise, the class was a total of 7 people. 7. That was so disappointing. Adam is a wonderful milonga dancer and his teaching technique is very good, so I thought it would be more of a draw. But then the milonga started and the attendance was the weakest I have ever seen. This weekend there was an all night milonga in NYC and two milongas in Boston, so the attendance in Providence was rather low. So I better understood why the class was so poorly attended. It is sad when the Providence events are not strongly attended. Ellen does such an amazing job with this place, and I just love the events there. People really should take the effort to drive there as it is so worth it.
At the LongaMilonga, I had an opportunity to dance with Adam, and it was just so lovely. I was almost denied the dance though. I had just danced for 5 tandas straight with two different leaders and had just poured myself some water when a beginner approached and asked for a dance. I said I needed one song to rest and have some water. So he agreed to wait and went a few tables away to sit. Then Adam approached and asked for a dance. I was like a deer in headlights. I so-o-o-o wanted to say yes, but I did not want to be rude to the beginner, so I explained to Adam that I had just accepted a tanda but I REALLY wanted to dance with him. Adam was very lovely and promised that we would dace later. Which relieved my mind as Adam certainly is a lead I do not want to turn down ever. He asked me soon after my dance with the beginner, and I happily accepted. I danced better than I did the last time I danced with him, which was a month ago or so. I was so nervous the last time, I have no idea what I did. But this time I was able to relax and enjoy his lead, which is so crystal clear and gentle it is a pleasure to dance with him. I had a good night of dancing, even though the milonga was lightly attended, a lot of my favorite local leads were there, and Adam's music was really good, as always.
HERE is a link to a picture of me with one of my favorite leaders and friends, pretty good! I wish I could say that I was wearing white stockings, but that is my fair Irish complexion....
There is another lead who has moved back to the area whom i would love to dance with. He looks like silk when he dances, and all of his followers have that soft bliss face when they dance with him. I have tried to cabaceo him at the last two events that he was at, but to no avail. I still have such a hang-up about approaching a leader to dance that I do know, never mind one that I don't know! But Sorin gave me a good piece of advice on how to approach a leader you don't know, and I think the next time I see this lead (another S! Ha! Deb's tango dance is brought to you by the letter S....) I will take his advice and approach him. We'll see..... I wonder if I will ever become comfortable asking for a dance. There are a few leaders that I can easily ask for a dance, but these are friends. Funny though, I am completely at ease with the cabaceo. I have used that multiple times, I even used it in NYC to invite leaders I did not really know to dance, and that was fine. It is the whole approaching thing that I have a hard time with. I think I look at it as if they wanted to dance with me, they would approach me. If they don't approach, then they must not want to dance with me.
Ack. Maybe I need to get over myself.
In another world related to tango, I think I did something to my feet from dancing. To my toes actually. I mentioned a few months ago that I had pain in my toes from dancing, I started using pads for the balls of my feet and that helped for awhile, but this past weekend the pain came back, and to an extent that I had to lay down for awhile while sharp pains pulsed through my ankles down to my toes. And for the last two days I have had residual pain in my toes. I thought at first it was my ankle, but it is my toes. Made an appointment with my doctor for this week before Sorin and I leave for Montreal and we'll see what he says. Of course, what he is going to say is to stop dancing 5 days a week in 4" heels, but that is not giong to happen, so we'll see what his plan B is.