From July 31, 2013

When it comes to tango venues, we’ll almost never be 100% satisfied. Often, we’ll grumble that: 

the floor’s too small (or too wide or too narrow), the floor’s too sticky, the floor’s too slippery, there are metal poles in the way, there are too many chairs around the dance space, there aren’t enough chairs around the dance space, it’s too hot, it’s too cold, it’s too dark, it’s too light, it’s too crowded, too noisy, too quiet…

…you get the point.

There are generally two reactions to dealing with an unavoidable issue at a milonga. One is to whine, complain, and make ourselves look like a bunch of self-entitled asses. The other is to view the problem as an opportunity to improve our dancing.

I’m not suggesting that we go out of our way to look for bad venues or experiences. Sooner or later, they’ll find us. But without the challenge of imperfect circumstances, we won’t be able to perfect our dancing.


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