This rant is not new.  This justification is not new. 
 Here is my question:  Who decides if you are "messing
with the other dancers or the line of dance"? It isn't
just physical contact that is bothersome.  The whole
rhythm of the pista can be thrown off by very slow
volcadas or high boleos.  I can always tell when there
is a thoughtless dancer behind me because my partner's
musicality is thrown off trying to protect me from
abrupt stops or backsteps or leader boleos.  And yet
TL is completely oblivious to what is going on behind

--- David Thorn <> wrote:

> larrynla wrote:
> A lot of stuff.
> Bravo and thank you.  
> [rant] If we are not messing with other dancers or
> the line of dance, etc., what is wrong if we express
> our feelings as we wish through our dance?  Is Tango
> an art form or is it merely a stilted, codified and
> over prescribed set of step patterns, as bad as the
> worst excesses that one might find in the ballroom
> world?  Does it diminish you to let me dance tango
> as I wish?  I think that it is the self appointed
> "purists" who fail to dance tango, and should rename
> their dance to "Codified Tango."  Larry and Rod both
> made the point that the by the time the second tango
> dancer hit the floor, tango had become "Nuevo" and
> it has remained so ever since.
> If you would like to copyright the term 'Tango', you
> are welcome to try.  In the meantime, the word, and
> the dance, belongs to the world. [/rant]
> David
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