April 30, 2009

Nineteen More Days

Just nineteen more days in Buenos Aires before we depart to the United States. We miss being with Johanna and Lucy.
We have not seen all are old friends. This is something we would really like to do yet.

Fall has come to Buenos Aires. The deciduous trees are turning color and are loosing their leaves. The mosquitoes are almost gone. The really hot days are no more.

Meanwhile, we keep on trying to Tango. We learn about three new sets of steps each week. Trying to remember them with specificity is quite difficult. But the tango is not really a set of steps. It is a style of dancing based on very old idea: one leads and the other follows. Learning how to lead is not as easy as it sounds. The leader must signal to his partner where to move. The follower must understand the signal and move appropriately. The signals are sent with body motions such as turning the chest or shifting weight. The follower should be able to read the signals with her eyes closed. If you just concentrate on new set of steps without working out the basics within the steps, it does not really help the beginner.

We will try to write another entry before we leave.

Posted by bill at April 30, 2009 01:41 PM

Enjoy your last tangos in the beautiful city of Argentina!!! Eat lots of nice steak and red wine!!! I'm jealous!!

Posted by: Jeff at May 1, 2009 06:46 PM