What a fantastic experience for Ruben, and especially me: to teach a class of young people from West Point Academy, and then to take them to a milonga to participate first hand in the culture of tango! Only one dancer (ballet--her career choice at the age of 17 was either professional ballerina, or the army!) in the group of 5 men and 2 women, but since they were getting class credit for it, they all gave tango their best shot, and maybe they will go back to West Point and start an Argentine Tango Club
See Mama Hen me at the far left? The extra big guy in the middle is the Major, and the responsible one.
Every one of the 7 young people was beautiful, smart, articulate, polite, appreciative, good sports, and buena gente. They made me feel so proud that my country will be guided and protected by the likes of them one day. And they all have the ability to dance tango well in the future if they carry on.
School starts in a couple of weeks and so they are leaving today for home. Most of the students are seniors and two will be spending the next semester in Zaragoza, Spain. All are Spanish majors, and since cultural diversity is part of their studies, this trip was put together for class credit. Ruben and I wish them God Speed, health and happiness, with many trips to Tango Heaven along the way! We thank them for sharing some of their precious Argentina time with us.
They made the front page of the West Point website!