August 13, 2006

You know you're a tango junkie when...

- When you realize the milonga is where you see all your friends.
- Walking into new buildings and noticing potential dance space to ango.
- You cross country lines to tango!
- You often find yourself googling phrases containing the word "tango".
- Your first question when buying clothes is "but can I dance in it?"-used to be "but can I wear it to work?"
- You wish you paid more attention in high school Spanish class.
- You have a tango bumper sticker or your license plate contains a word related to tango.
- You plan the rest of your social life so it doesn't conflict with tango nights.
- Your fantasy travel destination is Buenos Aires.
- You listen to tango music when you're not at a practica or milonga.
- You now view the world in terms of people who tango and those unfortunate souls who don't.
- Before traveling, you check out the net for tango events in that area.
- You have to work hard to maintain non-tango friendships (if you have any left).
- You have developed the ability to turn any conversation to tango within 2 minutes.
- You no longer have parties at your house; you host milongas.
- You practice the roles of both lead and follow to fully understand the dance.
- You have bought a piece of clothing not commonly seen in public.
- You dance tango in your mind.
- You've gone home after a dance with someone else's glitter on your face.
- When you wait in line, you must fight the urge to randomly gancho those around you.
- You constantly have bruises on your legs and feet.
- Your respect for others is measured by how well they can dance.
- You feel exhausted but come alive when you hear a tango and hit the dancefloor.
- When you find yourself dressing a stranger in your eyes in 3" heels and a black dress.
- When you and another contractor are workin on a move to Calo two stories above the ground, tool belts clinking.
- When you laugh out loud at bad tango in movies.
- When you walk backwards to the refrigerator.
- You've remodeled your house mainly to maximize dance space.
- Entering a lift and making a side step with your left foot to give way to somebody going out, you change weight on the double-time.
- You copied your tango music to your office computer.
- You've danced with one of the biggies and survived.
- You go through withdrawal without at least one tango-high per week.
- You've stopped saying sorry when you screw up - you just tango out of the trouble you got into.
- You keep a pair of dance shoes in your car.
- You've sold or moved most of your furniture to give yourself practice space.
- You are unable to schedule major surgery without compromising tango commitments.
- When you look in the mirror, you are usually looking at your feet.
- Your shopping cart often substitutes as your dance partner.
- You've figured out how to find the hidden tango sections in any record store.
- You are willing to spend twice as much time driving to a milonga as you actually dance.
- Your computer passwords are phrases related to tango.
- Your ear has been trained to recognize the tango possibilities in all forms of music.
- You maintain a phone list of the hardcore tangueros in your area.
- Tango has diminished, if not ruined, the appeal of every other dance you ever did.
- You have become nocturnal.
- You have been spotted dancing tango in parking lots.
- Posters for upcoming tango events are always magnetized to your refrigerator.
- Your interest in shoes can easily be mistaken for a fetish.
- You have been known to sing in the ear of your partner while dancing.
- You recognize that special glow in the night as another hotbed of tango erupts in the distance.
- Friends and family automatically assume that you want tango-related birthday gifts.
- Your dancing shoes always look well-used.
- You can't resist dancing a few tango steps whenever you cross a wooden floor.
- You find that you sandwich feet far more often than shake hands.
- You find that dancers drawn to tango are the most interesting passionate people you know.
- You draw satisfaction every time you break someone's Hollywood misconception of the dance.

Posted by yana at 01:09 AM | Comments (0)

August 01, 2006

Tanghitis

(by P.Müller e C.Cipolat, trasl. E. Marseglia)

Over the past few years a large number of people have become infected with a strange disease known as Tanghitis!

To date only the symptoms are known; how it infects is still a mystery. It can happen, for example, when taking part in a beginners class, often free of charge, or when watching a tango-show, although the symptoms may not show up immediately. In other cases it is a cultural, musical or even political interest that proves fatal. It is also quite contagious and resistance is low when there is direct contact with others who are infected

The symptoms are difficult to pin down, but the more of them that can be brought to light, the more easily the state of the disease can be diagnosed – a state which can vary from “light” to “serious” and even, finally, to hopelessly “chronic”.

In 1999 a researcher of Tanghitis published a list of symptoms, some of which are given below. Since then research has continued and recently many other less obvious symptoms, have also been found.

You are infected withTanghitis if

- You try to convince everybody to dance Tango
- You keep only Tango cassettes or Cd’s in your car and listen only to Tango music
- You only give presents of Tango music or clothes inspired by the world of Tango
- The only videos you are interested in are Tango videos (either instructive ones or films)
- You try to dance with the best and most pleasing partner, without any regard to physical beauty, culture, etc.
- You always have your Tango shoes with you
- When dancing you always wear Tango shoes and Tango clothes, and preferably black
- If you are female you don’t leave home without a really red lipstick
- You clear your home of furniture so that you can dance Tango there as well
- You don’t know anyone anymore who is not connected with the Tango scene
- The parties you go to have to be milongas (or if necessary you will convert them - you have your Cd’s with you!)
- You read articles on how to create your own Tango collection
- When entering someone’s house your first compliment is about the floor – so nice to dance on!
- You plan your holidays to dance in milongas
- You make crazy long journeys even to dance for only a little.
- The screen saver on your computer is a Tango image
- Whatever the music you will dance Tango to it
- You get withdrawal symptoms after only a few days of not dancing

And there are many more.

Now you can test whether or not you have this disease and try the only known cure. You have to dance Tango!

Posted by yana at 03:52 AM | Comments (1)