Ok – so we didn’t get first place and that’s disappointing but what is even more disappointing is that we didn’t even place in the top 3. What an upset and a total shock and surprise. And I am not speaking out of turn – there were so many people rooting for us.
We were dancing! We were told that we were first all the way up to the the finals. WHAT HAPPENED?
Rommel and I felt that we danced our best this night. We went to each judge and asked for feedback. Did someone mention that the majority of the judges live in California. Maybe it should be renamed a state championship as opposed to a national championship. Oh, except there was a couple from Miami who came in 3rd.
This goes back to that same question: what are the judges looking for? The walk, elegance, embrace, musicality. We spoke to one judge who said that we needed to walk more. Another judge said that they were told not to take away points for crowding couples on the dance floor. That’s news – when were they going to tell us this? After all we were crowded in all weekend by the couples in front and behind us. We danced as we would in a milonga, in a salon.
I am told that we will receive our points in a forthcoming email.
I don’t mean to write an entire blog bitching about this nonsense but if the US wants a National Argentine Tango Salon Championship then they need to have judges who know and understand Argentine Tango for the Salon.
Will we compete again? This has yet to be determined.
We were finalists last year and placed 5th. Ramada and Yumiko were 2nd then and were clearly in favor to win this year and they did. Rommel and I have enjoyed are experiences at the competition. We have met such nice people both years and we do feel a shared camaraderie and sense of community regardless of the competition. I believe that it is this way because of the size of the competition, which is still quite small. I know that the organizers hope that it will grow over the coming years. Their goal is to have a representative from every state compete.
Rommel and I put all of our focus towards the competition for several months. This included training with several teachers, practicing together, listening to and dancing to a wide range of musical choices, and for me, my gyrotonics classes.
Now the question hangs in the air as to whether Rommel and I will go to Buenos Aires for the World Championships in August. I will keep you posted. What do you think?
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