DON’T SCARE AWAY BEGINNERS

“Let me show you how to…”

 

DON’T.

 

Starting a sentence with those words is a surefire way to scare away beginners. They’re scared enough just being at a milonga. So please keep things simple, and respect the courage they’ve mustered in showing up. They’re not unwitting guinea pigs for your amusement whenever you feel like experimenting with those crazy moves you saw on youtube.

 

If beginners feel welcome and are made to feel that they can indeed dance, then the tango community continues growing.

 

If you’ve said “let me show you how to [insert name of a figure that a beginner has no hope of pulling off then proceed to make them feel tossed around and embarrassed in front of a room full of strangers]…” while at a milonga, you know who you are.
And if you don’t, the rest of us surely do.
Please stop!

 

 

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