The London Codigos

1st May 2009

  1. The line of dance is anti-clockwise. But think of this as a helpful suggestion, not an actual rule. Really good dancers can go clockwise, or for that matter diagonally.
  2. Go with people you know and ask them to dance. If you're really desperate for a dance ask someone, particularly if it's the middle of a track and they're cute. If they're looking the other way, try tapping them on the shoulder.
  3. Say "Thank-you" after each dance.
  4. Say "Sorry" a lot to your partner while dancing.
  5. Turn up late to the lesson (the teacher will be late anyway, and with luck you'll skip the boring warm-up).
  6. Teachers appreciate it when you helpfully explain something to your partner while they're also trying to explain it, as it saves them effort.
  7. Try to point out as often as possible, how the way "Teacher X" does the move is different to the way your current teacher does. Don't be restricted by referencing the same move either.
  8. Help teach your partner at all times; how else will they learn? Ideally, stop in the middle of a dance-floor to do this, as teaching is more effective in a Real Dance Environment.
  9. Watch YouTube to learn the cool moves your teacher hasn't gotten around to yet. Watch them once or twice, then try them out at the next milonga. If you end up with a partner who's not of a sufficient standard to cope with moves this advanced see Codigo 8.
  10. Lanes are for people who believe in unicorns and the tooth fairy.
  11. You don't need floorcraft when dancing Nuevo, as it's a free form dance.
  12. Never let the fact that you don't like / know / understand the music stop you from dancing at a milonga.
  13. When being rotated in a class, make sure never to sit out, no matter who else suffers.
  14. You can judge a demonstration by the number of moves in it you'd like to be able to do. Applaud all acrobatics.
  15. If you liked a demonstration, yell "Milonga!" loudly and repeatedly at the end.
  16. If a teacher asks if there are any questions, always remain silent.
  17. Boleos are the best way to clear some space on a crowded floor so that you can dance properly. If you can't do boleos, a nice low fast planeo will work.
  18. Anyone who gives a guest workshop will be "incredible", particularly if they're foreign. Lanky hair and general scruffiness will also denote a star teacher.
  19. When learning moves in class such as back sacadas, make sure to have shoes that will injure your partner if they don't follow / lead properly. Again, it's for their own good - how else will they learn?
  20. Out of respect, people will give you space on the dance floor if you do big moves, so always do this.

- Christopher O' Shea, 1st May 2009

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