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October 29, 2007

More on Levels

Sorin's Review of the NY Tango Festival (Oct 2007) expresses frustration with beginners who enroll themselves in advanced classes.

Group classes - My frustration with group classes was renewed. Unless one goes with a partner, it's a complete waste of time. There were people in the advanced class that could not lead or follow the cross. So, for whoever reads this, taking a group class significantly above your level is not only a waste of your money and time, it's also a waste of money and time for whoever is unlucky enough to be partnered with you. I wish teachers would have enough balls to kick people out of the class if they are not at the level required.

Well stated, Sorin. I have been at festivals where the festival hosts put you into one of three groups, based on what they knew about you. You had to stay in your group and rotate with your cohort into each teacher's class. Some people rebelled against this and jumped into another group, which caused some problems in gender balance. For the most part, I thought that I was in the right level for me. Also, teachers do not have to teach in such levels as "beginner" and "advanced". The teachers could give something for everyone. It's the participants who want to have 'advanced' classes, which seems pointless given the way that beginners overestimate themselves and underestimate the tango. Even dancers of 3-5 years experience often underestimate the tango.

Posted by joegrohens at October 29, 2007 07:39 PM