A few days ago a guy posted a message on the London couchsurfing listings about a free tango class today. I put the event in the calendar, and managed to convince Michael to go (maybe with me trying to guilt-trip him a bit that he took me out to a cycle event yesterday? ;)).
This afternoon saw us making our way towards Covent Garden near where the class was to be held. We arrive at the location some minutes early and descended into the club where the class was to be held. On arrival we were greeted by the teacher and we relaxed a bit for the remaining minutes.
The class consisted of us first walking along in rhythm to the music around the room, then walking in pairs, followed by more ‘complex’ rectangle-making steps, and finally some less structured movement, where the woman had to follow the man (not an easy thing for moi ;)).
I started off partnering Michael. However, after the first partnering exercise, we were encouraged to change partners, which we did. I must admit I am not too sorry about that, since none of us was very good of course, and we risked getting on each other’s nerves when ‘criticising’ the other (or maybe that was more me to Michael :P…he never comments). After Michael I partnered a Swede there for the first time, then a Canadian also there the first time, then some Latin American (who was rubbish at leading), and finally John Paul, an English guy, who had been there some 6 times and was very good at leading, which was great :D. The last exercise I got back with Michael, who I must admit was the best leader of the bunch besides John Paul…so kudos to him :).
After the class the group who had gone there via couchsurfing all gathered at a table and talked. That was probably one of the best moments of the afternoon :). The group was interesting and we immediately got down to talking :). The class? I am not too sure. Besides the fact that I am quite rubbish, it went a bit too slow for me I guess…but oh well…that means we can cut it off our list of things to do :D