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31 July, 2013

Women leaders in Tango

It is always nice when women lead in Tango. Daniel Trenner taught me that when, there is dearth of good leaders, step into your leader shoes and start leading. When you learn both the roles- of follower and leader, you improve the quality of your dance.
According to Tango‬ Truism 322, The reason you learn to both roles, at the same time, serves several purposes all at once - 1.) It gives you a much more well rounded experience and a complete picture of the dance vs. the genderized version of the dance. 2.) It creates 'empathy' in you for what the other person has to do. Never again will you blame the follower for x, y, and z, until you've actually done the job yourself. And followers you will now understand WHY there is that row of women sitting!!! 3.) Imagine a Ying/Yang Symbol. Note that one side is white, and the reciprocal is black. Also note that there is a kernel of white inside the black at its center, and vice versa with the white half. If we name the halves "lead" and "follow", note the kernel of leading *IS* following, and the kernel of following *IS* leading!! 4.) Understand what is being expected of you and what you are asking for in all of its many different forms!
Much to the anguish and chagrin of bad leaders, women, get up and assume the role of leaders. You will gain more respect as followers. 
In the first three pictures, both of us, are students of Daniel Trenner.