Showing off

2008 December 11
by Simba

Peacock by *- mika -*, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic License by  *- mika -*

Who hasn’t been tempted…

… to do some flashy moves when someone sitting next to the dance floor watches.

… to show all the tricks of the trade when getting to dance with a really good dancer

… to play some obscure gem from the record collection when djing

… to  play some <insert non-tango genre here> music to be innovative

The problem is, it does not impress anyone. Least of all the ones you try to impress.

It is just annoying. I am not impressed when you do a jump on the floor of a milonga, I have to make an effort not to start laughing (yes — this happened). I am not impressed when you play Madonna (this too), just irritated that I have to wait 15 more minutes until there is a slight chance of getting some danceable music.

A dj that plays great dance music all night long without directing attention to himself. A performance of pure excellent movement in harmony with the music, both letting the other shine. Now that is impressive.

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