It was bound to happen. Especially after an hour tango class, another hour practicing and watching the intermediate class, and then 2 hours of practica. Fast forward through dinner and short nap, to milonga the same night. I managed to dance in the endorphin buzz until just about midnight.
And then Piazzolla. *sigh* I was too tired, and I knew it. But I couldn't resist Piazzolla - plus I would be dancing with one of my instructors, so I knew I was in good hands.
All of perhaps 8 steps into the dance, my body just stopped. I tried to pivot, swivel for an ocho - and just couldn't. I locked up. At first, since there wasn't any pain, I was just bewildered, tried to keep going and walk it out. But anything that involved turning my hips just wouldn't happen. Frustrated, I made it through the one song, apologized profusely to my very patient (and probably somewhat confused) instructor, and made it back to my chair. As soon as I sat down, ironcially, the pain started. I was frustrated, embarassed. And then had to remind myself I'd been dancing almost 7 hours that day. I should have been elated, not embarrased. I should have been grateful to my body for giving me so much of the day without any pain at all.
So I pulled myself together, silently thanked my body for a lovely day, changed shoes, (thanked my instructor again for the dance and for his patience) and called it a night.
Dance till the stars come down from the rafters
Dance, Dance, Dance till you drop.
you sure have a tough teacher there
but the lesson is a good one
and i hope to learn from it vicariously from you
"satisfaction for the past
gratitude for the present
and spiritual energy for the future"
just put up stuff you can download and listen to podcast:
Oh, I should clarify. I *wanted* to finish the song very badly and not leave the floor in the middle. My instructor would have completely understood had I wanted to. But sometimes I have to go whole milongas without Piazzolla - I didn't want to miss it - even if I could only forward and backward lol.
Thank you as always for your comment (and for the link). You have such great stuff to listen to on your page :)
Knowing when to quit is quite an art, especially with our enthusiasm for tango. The temptation is....just another; and then, just another! Hope you are feeling better. Loved your comment in the last paragraph.
Thank you Stephen for your comment - you're right, it is an art.
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