[Tango-L] Posting & open discussion on Tango-

thorn-inside@hotmail.com thorn-inside at hotmail.com
Fri Feb 22 19:47:54 EST 2008

tangotangotango at gmail.com wrote:

>>The vocabulary when dancing with an embrace is infinite. Nothing is
>>on pure technical grounds...

Perhaps I am showing my ignorance, but I haven't seen too many back saccadas
or colgadas led while remaining in close embrace.

>>It is bound to offend when people who do not follow the protocols and
>>traditions of tango insist that their dance be held in the same regard as
>>Argentine tango. It's like Pizza Hut demanding that their food be
>>as Italian cuisine.

Neil - I am not intending this as a personal attack and do apologize in
advance if it would appear to be so.  I don't know you and it is not a
criticism of you, but rather a comment on what appears to be a common
attitude on this list.  OTOH, I'll be the first to admit that I might simply
have misunderstood your remarks.  But with that said:

I find your remark to be quite insulting, bound to offend people who dance
in any style other than whatever unspoken style it is that you consider the
one and only true Argentine tango.  If that one true style you refer to is
close embrace/milonguero style, then the implication is that Fabian Salas,
Chicho, Sebastian Arce, Gustavo Naveira, Sylvina Vals and hundreds of other
other wonderfully skilled and excellent dancers are not tango dancers, or if
they are, they are offensive to your taste and are the dance equivalent of
fast food.  If the one true style you are referring to is Nuevo, this is a
similarly offensive statement.

I don't understand the purpose of such a remark unless perhaps to shut down
open discussion of any dance to Tango music that doesn't align with your
personal taste.

With apologies if I misunderstood,

David Thorn

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