Thinking of teaching tango in your town? What about hosting your own milongas? If there’s an established community in your area already doing those things, there’s a good chance that others will help and support you. That’s the best case scenario.
But there’s also a chance that you’ll encounter opposition, discouragement, and maybe even find yourself on the business end of nasty gossip. Perhaps it’s because they feel threatened. Or jealous.
Or there could be any number of reasons too silly to list.
But don’t let it stop you, even if you have doubts.
As long as you’re committed to having an open, laid back, and friendly environment, you’ll be on your way to creating your own following. It won’t happen overnight, but the patience is worth it (more on that in another post).
If you’re attracting the exact kinds of personalities that you were hoping to connect with in the first place, then you’re doing something right. And even when you do become successful, don’t be surprised if there still remains a contingent of dancers who will never accept you.
But why waste energy trying to win them over? The goal isn’t to appeal to everyone, because you can’t. And definitely don’t waste time trying to change the minds of those committed to misunderstanding you. It’s important to make the right friends, but there’s also value in knowing you’ve made the right kinds of enemies.