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Today’s #Tango Thought 084:  Men (Age).

Welcome to the Department of the Obvious Department. Today’s menu of the Obvious includes: Men not asking for directions when lost, Men over talking Women, Men squeezing the living daylights out of their partners, and last but not least the Age of a Man has nothing to do with his ability to get dances!

Fact: As long as he has a heartbeat, is breathing, has two functioning legs, and at least one arm. He’s going to get dances.

This speaks nothing to the possible fact that he has foul breath, reeks of body odor, that his shirt (and he, himself) are dripping sweat from every available orifice, smells like smoke (!!!), is chewing gum (!!!), is talking to his partner while dancing with them (!!!), can not navigate safely around the floor without hitting someone else or something else (floorcraft), can not follow a beat to save his life, can not place the Follower on either the 1st or the 3rd strong walking beat of the music, uses/employs the same rock step over and over and over again, that their dances consist of traveling ocho – traveling ocho – traveling ocho – looking at the follower’s feet giro – looking at the follower’s feet giro – looking at the follower’s feet giro – looking at the follower’s feet giro – painful volcada – painful volcada – looking at the follower’s feet giro – looking at the follower’s feet cross – over and over again, and lastly that the Follower hasn’t said “No!” to all of this constantly. Not to blame the Follower, because 90% of these issues with male Leads has to do with them not being corrected early on, but 10% of the issue has to do with Followers continually accepting dances from them thereby codifying all the issues above!

While age shouldn’t be a factor in dancing, at all, it is for women, and not for men.

Why point this stuff out ? Because you’ll see it, and perhaps wonder why. The why has everything to do with where the dance originates. It is at once cultural, as it is historical and as old as time itself. In today’s world, where so much of our lives have been saturated with equality, and gender equality, this is one area where tango is not going to change over night, or at all. #SocialDance #ArgentineTango #TangoDancing

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