2009 January 27
by Simba

marathon sacrifice by darkmatter, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic License by  darkmatter

So what’s with this marathon thing that seems to be spreading across Europe? I never found anything positive about marathons, running and sweating for hours on asphalt with no break and being totally destroyed afterwards?

Of course, people may dance as they like. Myself, I prefer a nice milonga, champagne at the table, nice and clean clothes, nice and calm. Having a ball. Walking.

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  1. 2010 September 30
    theo permalink

    They are just weekends with an almost continuous nice milonga with possibility to eat and sleep at the location.
    of course you can have a break, change clothes, take a shower, leave, come back, not dance,… you can even wear heels and drink champagne; imagine..
    they are more worth travelling for than a 3 hour long milonga, hence you get a bunch of good dancers from all over. Possibly doesn’t make sense in BA as you have a bunch of good dancers together anyway without travelling..

    they are a cheaper/more relaxed/friendlier alternative to festivals as you don’t have workshops/performances/invited maestros.
    having lots of time to dance or hang out with whoever you want adds to the relaxed/calm atmosphere and every attending maestro/teacher/performer/whoever is just a dancer

    no need to sweat or to destroy yourself..

    excuse me my enthusiasm, i had a good time at a marathon

  2. 2010 October 4

    Hi Theo, I appreciate your enthusiasm! We need more of that 🙂 Sorry to be so sarcastic, it’s just not my thing. In my eyes ‘more relaxed’ is not always a good thing.. and I find it funny that they call it marathon, which has very different connotations from what you describe, at least for me. I’d rather have quality than quantity.

    Enjoy your marathons, and many good dances to you and your partners!

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