Adela and Santiago - Milonga Traspie
Adela and Santiago - Vals
We've seen videos of Adela's exhibitions on Youtube and we've seen her dance on the dance floor in the milongas, but to finally be able to see her perform was a real treat. Just observe at how Adela's upper body stays quiet and still while the movement of her legs and feet are completely and utterly tango. Adela's following is soft and effortless even while she is doing the most intricate and musical adornments ever seen on the dance floor.
A word to all us gringa followers out there: YOU WILL NEVER EVEN IMAGINE THE SCOPE OF THE MAD SKILLS THAT ADELA AND ELBA HAVE AS FOLLOWERS. Think of the best tango following in the universe. And then multiply it by like a million.
Now, for all those who have read some of my previous posts, I shudder at the sight of gratuitous adorning on the dance floor - many followers robotically ape everything they see on Youtube and end up destroying their following and disrupting the music and their partner's enjoyment of the dance with a flurry of foot tapping, leg flapping and knee lifting. Followers, please restrain yourself to only a few little "dibujos" - as Alberto Dassieu has once said to me, "Where and when the music and the lead permits" - until you can really, really, follow!
Or, until you can follow and dance like Adela or Elba. If there's a list of the top followers out there in the milongas of Buenos Aires, Adela and Elba will be there, right on top of that list.
By the way, Adela and Elba (and Santiago as well - what a dancer of milonga traspie!) are not only amazing dancers - they are also really cool, and nice, and kind, and friendly. They didn't even mind Man Yung's weird Toronto-esque leading at all!
Here's a big hug and kiss for Adela, Elba, Santiago and all their friends for letting us spend time with them and to experience their beautiful dancing.