So firstly, the photography.
I got the opportunity, last-minute, to grab my camera and get some photos of the excellent John Rownan and Natalia Morozova last night after one of John’s Tango classes.
The problem for me was the light: there was hardly any of it. As a result, it was very challenging and I couldn’t get a fast enough shutter speed to properly capture the action as these two fantastic dancers strutted their stuff for some of their students in a (fairly dark!) room upstairs in Doyle’s Pub, beside Trinity College in Dublin’s city centre.
So instead, I decided to embrace the lack of light and try to portray a little bit of the mood and passion of Tango. I can’t say that I have, but I will definitely be returning with the camera for some Tango photography in good light!
And how did this last-minute photography opportunity arise? Well I had my first Tango lesson, with my friend Viviana. We decided to go following a discussion about our shared lack of dancing ability.
What better way to deal with our debilitating condition than a Tango class? Face those fears!
However, I may be somewhat of a slow learner when it comes to dining, but it was a lot of fun. John and Natalia are excellent teachers, offering expert instruction, while ensuring the class remains relaxed and fun.
There’s a good social element to it as well, which is where the fantastic dancing afterwards arose, causing me to make a beeline home for the camera. I should have picked up a spotlight on the way!
I think that if I get the hang of the basic movements, it will actually become fun, but whether or not I can get the hang of it is the thing!
Viviana and I definitely improved over the course of the class I reckon, despite there being a pretty significant height difference (I’d guess it’s about 50cm for you metrically inclined folks!) and thats before you factor in my substantial natural gift for awkwardness and lack of co-ordination!
My Sardinian friend and her sore toes seemed to be bearing up okay afterwards though…