Apparently, we’re supposed to like performing demos. Somehow being a teacher means we’re not supposed to get nervous when we dance said demos. But we’re not nervous when we perform!? Noooooo… We’re “excited” (*sarcasm*).
Take a look at the kitties below. They tell it the way it is. Gato numero uno is nervous.
Gato numero dos is excited.
We’re with gato numero uno. We may well want to be gato numero dos when we dance a demo, but the rapid heart beat, shaking, and stiff muscles all lead us to believe we are nervous. We’re shaking (literally) in our Tango-booties. While there may be a serious issue with those Tango dancers who seem to like performing/acting more than they like the actual improvised/social Tango they’re dancing, we would love to experience a taste of their adrenaline-free demo.
The idea that the essence of Argentine Tango is easily lost in a performance is often very true for us. Meanwhile, this is said as we head to Korea to partake and PERFORM (eek!) in the Seoul Tango Festival. We’re learning though. We’re learning that sometimes it’s better to keep our demos “simple”. However we’re also learning that sometimes it’s better if we take risks, as it opens the door to dancing from our soul. That is why we are not going to choose the songs for our demo until the day of the performance and we’re going to choose songs outside our usual comfort zone. This is another chance to remind ourselves that the dance is for the two of us… we don’t need to be perfect… Tango is about being free and so…
We release and destroy the need to impress anyone.