In fact, they may even look a little like this?:
Irene and Man Yung at a Practica in 2006...
Thank god there's plenty of space, because if you put in just one more couple like Irene and Man Yung there, they will end up gancho-ing each other in the in the forehead!
"Wow Irene, where did you unearth that gem? That's a video from the good ol' days!" said Man Yung. "I've forgotten most of those thrilling movements. With this footage, I can remember these fancy moves and we can start practicing them again this weekend!"
"Man Yung, don't be ridiculous! I'm trying to point out that people shouldn't be dancing like this in a milonga!"
...And indeed they shouldn't, because firstly, all that uncontrolled, expansive movement (and, don't forget - RABID ADORNING) on a crowded floor is dangerous. Secondly, this dancing looks so bad onlookers may lose their lunch...or WORSE.
Man Yung protests. "But it was so fun!"
"Sure, Man Yung...In fact, it's even MORE fun than you think, especially if you like to start fights with other Tangueros and do a little Ultimate Fighting right there on the dance floor!"
Looking back, we find our past Tango-selves quite amusing - and thank heavens that 1) we went to Buenos Aires to observe for ourselves how the Milongueros danced (whoops - they certainly didn't dance like us!), 2) we learned how to dance in close embrace, 3) we became a lot more sedate. Has our enjoyment of Tango decreased without all the gymnastics? Not at all! In fact, dancing Tango has become even more enjoyable, because instead of focusing on squeezing every known Tango movement in history into one song (regardless of the music), we are now...dancing!
And who can we thank for our "sea-change"?
Our video camera.
You see, before we started to film ourselves, we could only go by what other people said about our dancing (and come on, most of the people we hung out with were kind of at the same level as us - did they really know what they were talking about at that stage?) and what we thought about our dancing. And the thinking went something like this:
With a little practice, I can do the same move/adornment as Javier/Chicho/Miguel/Geraldine/Milena/Alejandra. OK, I'm not saying that I'm as GOOD as Javier/Chicho/Miguel/Roberto/Geraldine/Milena/Alejandra - but come on, maybe 80%? 70%? Even 50% is enough to sweep the dance floor like dance floor heroes!
We can safely say to our 2006 selves (and to any Tanguero/Tanguera who continue to be high on the psychotropic substance known as "Tango Fantasy" and is still dancing kind of like our 2006 selves) - HEY GUYS! WAKE UP! IT'S MORE LIKE 0.1%. OR PERHAPS EVEN 0.0000000001%.
We totally cringed in horror when we saw our 2006 video for the first time - and we have been cringing ever since with our weekly filmations. By checking every week, at least we are completely up-to-date as to how bad we are! When's the last time you've checked?* **
* When we started dancing Tango in 2004, there were a lot of "80% Copes" and "80% Pablo Verons". Then, starting 2005 and continuing to 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, there came the "80% Chichos" and "80% Naveiras", doing all their "New Tango" stuff. After New Tango died (tee hee! - but wait, it might still come back from the dead) some dancers valiantly tried to be "80% Fabian Peralta", or at the very least, "80% Tango Championship Clone" (but failed). These days with Youtube everyone can be "80% anybody!" Except of course, the 80% of choice for rabid adornistas will always be "Geraldine".
** "How about Irene and Man Yung? How's your quest to be "80% Osvaldo and Coca" coming along?" Well, it's failing miserably. Osvaldo is constantly complaining - "Stop doing Martha and Manolo's moves!" But he doesn't know - we are actually doing moves...from Gavito. And when Alberto complains that we should "Stop doing Osvaldo and Coca's moves!"... he doesn't know we are actually doing moves...from Portalea. Sneaky Chinese people!