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September 06, 2008

How Can We Have More Men in Tango?

Four tango teachers, one woman and three men, were talking after dinner at the home of a festival organizer in the U.S. Other dancers were also present. Someone asked, "How can we bring more men into the tango?"

The first tango teacher, the woman, said "Get more attractive women." Some laughed at her joke.

The second tango teacher said, "Always give the men things that they can't do yet, to challenge them. Otherwise they will get bored." Some men in the room nodded in agreement.

The third tango teacher said, "No, the opposite. Make sure that the men have it easy and build on small successes. If it's too hard for them to do, they will leave." Some other men in the room nodded in agreement.

The fourth tango teacher said "You must teach the women about their responsibility in the dance and give them their work to do. Don't always focus on the men. Otherwise, the women think it's just up to the men, but the men can't make such women dance until they themselves are more advanced. That's why the men give up. And the women start asking you for adornos because they don't think they have anything to do." At this, all fell silent. Some had surprised looks on their faces. The next person to speak changed the subject.

Posted by joegrohens at September 6, 2008 02:45 PM

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