[Tango-L] demo advice needed

Trini y Sean (PATangoS) patangos at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 8 14:34:31 EST 2008

Hola everyone!

If you’re an anti-performance person, please hit your
delete key.

So I'm wondering if folks might have some tips regarding
demos or performances.  Our community has gotten a bunch of
demo requests lately, particularly among the college
students for their universities or college talent shows. 
There are a couple of things that pop up for which we're
looking for advice.

1. Any tips for handling a demo when the audience is on
only 1 side of you, such as on a stage, so that the
visually interesting stuff is presented to the audience
instead of the back wall?  The obvious answer is to
practice, but I'm wondering if there are any tricks to help
with positioning since folks don’t always know in advance
where the audience is and practice time can be limited.

2.  In cases where the audience is sitting down and the
demo occurs at floor level, it seems that the only ones who
get to see the demo is the front row.  Those in the back
would miss the footwork.  So the only solution to keep them
involved is to either open the embrace or do higher leg
work.  Any other ideas?

Trini de Pittsburgh

PATangoS - Pittsburgh Argentine Tango Society
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