Maestro Maestro Davido "El Malo" Bailemos Resume
14th March 2010
This one came out of a conversation I had regarding the ridiculous nature of some claims made by Tango teachers. Enjoy...
|The Maestro's qualifications||More details|
|Over ten years' experience teaching tango||David first learnt the "tango drop" and the "tango lunge" in a Ceroc class 10 years ago and has been patiently explaining to followers how they're "supposed" to follow these, ever since.|
|Created his own fusion of Modern Jive and Tango||David's too stubborn to accept that Ochos and Modern Jivers just don't mix. He's also been to a few of Amir's classes.|
|Studied under Pablo Veron for three years||David attended the annual open class at Negracha, taught by Pablo, and intends attending this year's also|
|Introduced Tango to Buckinghamshire||If starting a practica counts as "introducing tango"|
|Several years experience as a professional DJ||Has put on an iPod playlist at said practica, as long as someone shows him where to plug it in.|
|Is an authority on BsAs culture||David has started to learn Spanish, and can now order a beer at a restaurant. Probably.|
|Has danced tango throughout the world||As long as "the world" means "England"|
|Is a world renowned writer on Argentine Tango||You're still reading this aren't you?|
|Star and choreographer of numerous Independent Tango Films||David has videoed many practice sessions using both a phone and a camcorder. With tripod even. And uploaded them onto the Internet. So there.|
|Has developed his own inimitable style of teaching||"inimitable" simply means no one can copy it. It doesn't mean "good"|
|Pioneering Nuevo Nuevo Tango style||Soon the world will come to realise that it is in fact a lack of hair that denotes true tango greatness, not silly pony tails and scruffy beards / stubble|
None of these claims are actually lies - they're distortions, of course, but technically they're mostly accurate. For a certain value of "mostly" anyway.
When judging what to look for in a class, the teacher's claims of qualifications, experience, name-dropping of maestros, and so on, are about as useful as a chocolate teapot.
So when you look for a teacher, ignore the hype, and make your own judgements.
~ Christopher O' Shea / David Bailey, 14th March 2010