Many of us went to a tango lesson this afternoon and ¨learned¨ to tango. We had a wonderful dance teacher and his partner showing us the basic moves. After an hour and a half lesson we went upstairs to a dance party called a Milongas. It was like stepping into a movie. Marble pillars, fine architecture including an elaborate filligreed ceiling and gold scroll accents here and there. A few dozen old folks dressed to the nines danced slow tangos around the room. Some of the older men invited our girls out on the floor to dance. It was quite touching. After a while students got out on the floor in couples and practiced what they had learned. It was quite a sight. After about and hour we left to go out to dinner. We went back to El Establo, the place on the corner from the hotel and had an equally excellent meal. I ordered the same thing I had the first night, a steak that just melted in the mouth
We attended the Señor Tango show which began a about 10 pm and ran until nearly 1 am. This show was a tango extravaganza for lack of a better word. All the best and worst about tango was on display. Two horses were even on stage rearing up on hind legs. Lots of special effects, a volume level so loud that in places it hurt the ears. Much of the performances were pre-recorded which became embarrassingly obvious at one point when a singer's song began but her mic was dead. Cheesy! I'd describe it as an Argentinian Lawrence Welk show. It even had a "big star" Fernando Soler who sang, kidded with audience members and introduced a special guest, a kid who had apparently won the Argentina's Got Talent competition and sang a couple of songs. Horrible!
The show had a big band and orchestra that sort of played and sort of accompanied the pre-recorded music. It was really quite amazing though way over the top. Near the end of the show the "big star" walked over to the edge of the circular stage and took a note from someone and then walked over in the direction of our tables. He announced that the WWU choir was in the house and even named Leslie as the director. He pleaded with the choir to sing one song for the crowd. Though completely embarrassed by the idea, Leslie nevertheless had the choir sing one of their show stopping spirituals. The crowd went nuts! The entire choir wasn't even there and they were in no way prepared to sing but on they went and as I said the crowd loved it.
It was a long day but lots of fun! I guess I surprised Leslie by actually participating in the Tango lesson and myself by how well I did considering my two left feet.