Which person would you invite to dance?
Girl in Red Dress painting by Roderic O'Conor
Seated man photo, Emily Spencer Hayden collection
The Tango Tourist High Season is now upon us. I'd like to remind those who are recent arrivals in Buenos Aires or those who will soon be here, the answer to the ever-popular question, "How can I dance more in the milongas?"
Painting of seated woman by Pablo Picasso
The best and easiest way to get dances is to look happy, friendly, and ready to get onto the floor. If we sit with arms and legs crossed, contemplating our navels, nobody will even see us. We have to actively cabeco. I know this takes energy, confidence, hope, and some "cojones." In order to dance a lot in the milonga, both men and women have to put on their party faces. Don't be a pollo mojado (wet chicken.)
Smiles help too!
Photo of Margret Li by Jim Jardine